This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (May 2-4, 2014)

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: May 2-4, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Limited (United States)

Belle

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An eighteenth-century costume drama that lights up the screen with a beautiful mixed race heroine, an idealistic law student, and a circle of older English aristocrats whose most cherished traditions are challenged.

Friended to Death

[New Today] Marina Antunes @ Row Three

The Protector 2

[New Today] Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures

  • Excerpt: This isn’t a perfect movie, and it’s not as strong as the original. However, as a follow-up, it’s still a fun ride.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Bad Johnson

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Reading the plot synopsis, I knew the movie would either be hilariously brilliant or downright awful. It’s the latter.

Blood Glacier

[New Today] Mark Harris @ About.com

Blue Ruin

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Brick Mansions

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Decoding Annie Parker

[New Today] Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight

Divergent

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Dom Hemingway

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The Double

Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation

  • Excerpt: “I have no idea what just happened?”

Endless Love

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Enemy

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Fading Gigolo

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Finding Vivian Maier

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For a Woman

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A historical drama pieced together when two sisters discover things they didn’t know about their parents’ life in post-World War II France.

For No Good Reason

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: In those occasions wherein Paul shows us Steadman at work, it would be both insulting and apt to compare his process to a magic act. As with an illusionist’s performance, you can watch everything he does with a careful eye and still have no idea how he got to the breathtaking result.

God’s Not Dead

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I did not hate God’s Not Dead, and while I see its flaws I can also extend a little grace.

Hateship Loveship

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A Haunted House 2

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: [A] flaccid frightfest of so-called cheap chuckles. One can immediately detect a desperate sense of regurgitation in the strained chuckles as A Haunted House 2 has all the inspired hilarity of a decaying fang inside a drugged Dracula’s mouth.

Ilo Ilo

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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Jodorowsky’s Dune

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Locke

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The Machine

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Need for Speed

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Next Goal Wins

Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

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Odd Thomas

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Only Lovers Left Alive

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The Other Woman

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Proxy

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

The Quiet Ones

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Sabotage

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The Sacrament

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: There is nothing for us to chew on when it’s over. The Sacrament is content to give us a cavalcade of horrors but no catharsis.

Walking with the Enemy

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Stirring but heavy-handed depiction of W.W. II heroism in Hungary

Watermark

[New Today] Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight

Wolf Creek 2

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Captain Phillips

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Hammer of the Gods

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The House That Jack Built

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Night Train to Lisbon

Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Tren de noche a Lisboa tiene una primera parte muy mala, porque está llena de cosas inverosímiles (y la historia del autor está demasiado fragmentada como para que llegue a interesarte), y una segunda mitad muchísimo más interesante, por lo que me parece que casi, casi es una buena película.

The Past

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2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Canopy

Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation

  • Excerpt: Canopy is writer/director Aaron Wilson’s first-person take on the sensory experience of being lost at war.

Dead Shadows

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Human Capital

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Life Itself

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: A superb tribute that will leave Roger Ebert fans delighted and inspired. Thumbs Up.

The Sea

[New Today] Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: The Sea is an interesting film about memory and it does display a certain willingness to experiment and take risks on the part of director Stephen Brown, so much so that one wonders if he won’t do much better with a script not based on a book.

A Thousand Times Good Night

[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A drama of conscience and passion, a finely observed portrait of a woman driven to make a difference in the world, even as it hurts those she loves.

The Truth About Beauty

James Marsh @ Screen International

  • Excerpt: Mainland beauty Bai Baihe makes a likeable, if rather implausible, lead in Aubrey Lam’s cosmetic surgery rom-com, but her endearing central performance can only obscure some of the thematic inconsistencies in a muddled, though occasionally funny screenplay.

Turning Tide

Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com [French]

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