This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Oct. 12-14, 2012)

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: October 12, 2012

Wide (United States)

Argo

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Here Comes the Boom

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Seven Psychopaths

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Sinister

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Wide (United Kingdom)

Hit & Run

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Hotel Transylvania

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Ruby Sparks

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Limited (United States)

3, 2, 1…Frankie Go Boom

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Middle of Nowhere

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Simon and the Oaks

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Smashed

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Limited (United Kingdom)

On the Road

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2012 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

5 Broken Cameras

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Amour

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The Angels’ Share

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Anna Karenina

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Arbitrage

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The Barrens

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Butter

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The Cabin in the Woods

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The Campaign

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Casa de Mi Padre

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Chernobyl Diaries

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Chronicle

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Cosmopolis

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Dark Shadows

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Declaration of War

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Detachment

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Dredd

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End of Watch

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Escape Fire

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Finding Nemo 3D

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Frankenweenie

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Ginger & Rosa

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Grave Encounters 2

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Haywire

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Holy Motors

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The Hunger Games

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The Intouchables

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Killing Them Softly

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Lawless

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Life of Pi

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Looper

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Marley

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The Master

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Not Fade Away

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The Oranges

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The Other Dream Team

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The Other Son

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The Paperboy

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Paranormal Activity 4

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ParaNorman

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits

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Pitch Perfect

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Post Mortem

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Prometheus

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The Raid: Redemption

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The Revisionaries

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Rock of Ages

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Samsara

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Searching for Sugar Man

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Shadow Dancer

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Sister

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Smiley

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Taken 2

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Ted

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That’s My Boy

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This Is Not A Film

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Total Recall

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The Turin Horse

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V/H/S

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The Words

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2012 Films Not Yet In Theaters

The Exam

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Channeling the murderous paranoia of Stalinist rule in the year after the failed 1956 Hungarian counterrevolution, The Exam shows how oppressive regimes tend to eat their own tails by focusing on loyalty tests that were mandated for even the most zealously pro-Communist operatives in government.

Frances Ha

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Noah Baumbach takes over Woody Allen’s mantle as New York’s representative auteur of quirky romantic comedy

The Gatekeepers

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A refreshingly candid and controversial documentary where former heads of Israel’s security agency explain their take on the war against terrorism and express their criticism of the nation as a police state.

Gayby

R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine

God Loves Caviar

George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]

Je Me Suis Fait Tout Petit

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Last Sentence

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  • Excerpt: With his latest film, Swedish director Jan Troell examines the life of Swedish newspaper editor Torgny Segerstedt, a vehement anti-Nazi who did all he could to end Swedish neutrality during World War II. However, politics takes a back seat to the peculiarly Swedish preoccupation with unhappy marriages.

Like Someone in Love

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

Linhas de Wellington

Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]

Lloyd the Conqueror

Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood

  • Excerpt: Lloyd the Conqueror is cheap, juvenile, and utterly ridiculous, in all the best possible ways.

Memories Look at Me

Christopher Bourne @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: Song Fang lovingly illustrates with sublime artistry, through patient observation and intensely emotional intimacy, her idea that the dead can live on through the memories of those they have left behind.

Night Across the Street

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Passion

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Brian De Palma usa la medesima struttura del film di Corneau, ma la fa interamente sua, arricchendola delle ossessioni che hanno caratterizzato tutto il suo cinema: il tema del doppio, la falsificazione delle verità ufficiali, il ruolo della tecnologia e l’occhio che ci spia, il voyerismo ed il doppio sogno del cinema.

Raising Resistance

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  • Excerpt: In the last 20 years, soy production has become the Green Gold of South America, especially for Brazil and Paraguay. But with this agri-business boost comes wretched consequences.

Shun Li and the Poet

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: First-time feature director Andrea Segre has a poet’s heart for having conceived and written a simple tale of love and friendship set in a complicated world commerce and prejudice and filming it with a discreet and tender hand.

Something in the Air

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A top-notch semi-biographical drama about French writer and director Olivier Assayas’s quest for the best route to self-expression in 1971.

Spring Breakers

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: La fine è vicina, avrà la faccia simpatica di una quindicenne bionda. Cartoline dall’inferno.

The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: A fascinating experimental film that in the simplest terms could be called an interpretive biopic of the popular Egyptian actress Soad Hosni that uses only clips from Hosni’s films to tell its story.

To the Wonder

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Con questo To the wonder Malick sembra rendere ancor più radicale il suo sperimentalismo narrativo, eliminando qualsiasi traccia di racconto tradizionale e anche i dialoghi tra i personaggi, affidandosi interamente alle loro voci, in un continuo alternarsi di ricordi e sensazioni.

2011 Films

Breaking Dawn, Part 1

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A Dangerous Method

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The Descendants

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The Iron Lady

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

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Wake Wood

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Wuthering Heights

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