This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Oct. 3-5, 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: October 3-5, 2014

Wide (United States)

Annabelle

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Gone Girl

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Left Behind

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Limited (United States)

Bang Bang

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Blue Room

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: It’s depiction of an adulterous affair is icy, complicated, isolating, but it’s a thrillingly and strikingly photographed film.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A chilling and creatively structure French murder mystery tale.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Good Lie

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An emotionally warm and immensely appealing story of the immigrant experience of some survivors of the 1980s genocide in Sudan.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Sensitive and sincere, it’s an inspiring, redemptive tale of courage and compassion.

Men, Women & Children

[New Today] William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: The kids are all right. The internet is all right. It’s this dreary, futile, meandering movie that sucks the life out of everything.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: I didn’t like this movie when it was called “Disconnect,” and cowriter/director Jason Reitman’s (“Juno,” “Labor Day”) adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel lays on pretension masquerading as deep thought for an even less convincing mix

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Considering its lack of concern in addressing a solution to the problem it raises, the movie’s fascination with masturbation is appropriate.

Nas: Time Is Illmatic

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: An engaging document of how – and, more importantly, why – this particular album had such an impact.

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Nas: Time Is Illmatic, a look at the influential album twenty years later, doesn’t feel like the complete account that some may want, but it is a sharp and entertainment profile of an important artist.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

ABCs of Death 2

Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects

All Cheerleaders Die

[New Today] Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Art and Craft

[New Today] Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Watching Mark create his forgeries, an easier process than you would think, is fun to watch for a while but Art and Craft loses some steam as an equally obsessed and dogged amateur tracks Landis’s cons and the action builds to a less than satisfying climax.

The Boxtrolls

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Calvary

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The Congress

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Copenhagen

[New Today] Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Days and Nights

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: though more often than not, this is simply another tedious glimpse of familial dysfunction, relocated to the heart of a WASP’s nest.

The Decent One

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

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The Double

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Dracula Untold

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Breathes new life into an otherwise tired stomping ground, taking this story back hundreds of years and delving into the unknown origin story of the innovator himself, Mr. Dracula.

Draft Day

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The Drop

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The Empty Hours

[New Today] George Zervopoulos @ moviesltd.gr [Greek]

The Equalizer

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Extraterrestrial

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

God’s Pocket

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Haider

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Heart Machine

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Hector and the Search for Happiness

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Hollidaysburg

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Kind of a mess.

I Origins

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Inner Demons

Mark Harris @ About.com

Jimi: All Is By My Side

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Joe

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Life of Riley

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A French comedy of manners in which various couples try to cope with middle-age disappointments and mediocre marriages.

Lilting

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An emotionally moving British drama about a young gay man’s compassion.

The Maze Runner

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Moebius

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Mr. Turner

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: The old man and the sea…

The Ninth Cloud

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Notebook

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: The freedom from a conventional, unified plot allows us to focus on the essential darkness of THE NOTEBOOK’s individual episodes.

Open Windows

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

  • Excerpt: Ingeniously structured, masterfully executed, and enormously entertaining.

Pride

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The Skeleton Twins

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Space Station 76

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: If a blackly comic Todd Solondz drama copulated with the ’70s television series “Space: 1999,” “Space Station 76” would be the bundle of joy.

Starred Up

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Stephen King’s A Good Marriage

[New Today] Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: A major disappointment – a dull, lifeless chiller that botches a rather brilliant premise.

The Supreme Price

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Inspiring.

This Is Where I Leave You

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To Be Takei

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The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects

Tracks

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Tusk

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The Two Faces of January

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Two Night Stand

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: Two members of the Millennial generation trying to figure out the formula for intimacy.

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: Modestly charming and even perceptive.

Violette

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Martin Provost ambitiously expands his tale across decades to give us a substantial look into a changing society through the eyes of one, influential protagonist.

A Walk Among the Tombstones

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

The Dirties

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Baikonur

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Creep

Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects

Cub

Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects

The Editor

Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects

For Those in Peril

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Wright’s visually arresting debut is often a poetically charged portrait of a pariah in an emotional wasteland of a community’s dismissive cruelty. –

Harmontown

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Open-nerve documentary about “Community” creator Dan Harmon’s chaotic live podcast tour after being fired from his own TV show is sometimes raggedly funny, but truly a fans-only artifact.

Harmontown

Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk.com

  • Excerpt: You need not be a resident of Harmontown to enjoy Harmontown, but it certainly helps.

Heaven Knows What

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: The downward ride of two self-destructive heroin addicts living on the mean streets of New York City.

Hwayi: A Monster Boy

Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects

It Follows

Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects

The Liberator

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: The Liberator is a nicely framed, highly romanticized, and undeniably dry portrait of a revolutionary.

Luna

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: An engrossing story that, at times is undone by its inclination for stylistic preferences.

The Mend

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji

Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects

Mommy

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

The Princess of France

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A playful look at romantic dalliances by an inventive Argentinian writer and director.

Rio, I Love You

[New Today] George Zervopoulos @ moviesltd.gr [Greek]

La Sapienza

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Timbuktu

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A spiritually powerful critique of Islamic fundamentalism and the havoc it causes in Timbuktu in 2012.

The Tribe

Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects

The Wonders

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: The coming-of-age of a young girl in Italy as a hard worker and a resilient person.

Welcome to New York

[New Today] George Zervopoulos @ moviesltd.gr [Greek]

Wild Tales

[New Today] George Zervopoulos @ moviesltd.gr [Greek]

Xenia

[New Today] George Zervopoulos @ moviesltd.gr [Greek]

You and the Night

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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