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: Aug. 14-16, 2015
Wide (United States)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Straight Outta Compton
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: Along with the soaring Frances Ha, Mistress America is evidence that Gerwig the actor is at her best when interpreting the words of Gerwig the screenwriter. She plays Brooke to perfection, making her delusions of having been wronged or of opening a restaurant pitiably transparent while always keeping her charismatic and magnetic enough to buy that Tracy would be in her thrall.
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
- Excerpt: While 10,000 Km is by no means an enjoyable experience, the amazing naturalism of Natalia Tena and David Verdaguer’s performances transform Marques-Marcet’s film into an intriguing experience.
- Excerpt: Serving as a feminist diatribe, of sorts, Advantageous showcases the horrors of a masculinized world driven by marketing, profit and beauty.
Best of Enemies
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
The End of the Tour
- Excerpt: The toned-down and thoughtful approach of Five Star establishes a nuanced perspective of the mundanities of life as a gangster. Miller follows up Welcome to Pine Hill with yet another naturally positive portrayal of a black gang member that impressively shatters cinematic stereotypes.
- Excerpt: There’s a little bit of a bad teacher in everyone, but Mills’ saucy substitute is no rotten apple.
Hard to Be a God
- Excerpt: It’s a film buff’s film, a cult-classic-to-be. It’s Orson Welles conceived in Hieronymus Bosch, dragged through a Pasolini latrine and stomped on by Werner Herzog hobnail boots.
- Excerpt: Thomas Wirthensohn’s Homme Less will certainly alter most people’s preconceptions about homelessness.
Infinitely Polar Bear
Listen to Me Marlon
The Look of Silence
Love at First Fight
- Excerpt: Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker, and Renan Ozturk climbed Meru, base to peak, and that’s a mind-blowing example of mental, emotional, and athletic excellence. But a great film would explore the driving force behind that excellence, the moment-to-moment elemental challenges it poses, and the very real repercussions, external as well as internal, of pursuing it.
Paolo Coelho’s Best Story
- Excerpt: Daniel Augusto’s messy biopic samples three periods of the Brazilian author’s career, and flits about between them like a writer with adult ADD, without providing much insight
- Excerpt: …de Jong’s work boasts a naked sentimentality that Refn’s roundly lacks, and for all of its stylistic flourishes, Prince ultimately reads as anti-Refn.
Ricki and the Flash
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Soaked in Bleach
- Excerpt: This is a documentary that will most likely re-enliven the debates surrounding Cobain’s death; it will also provide Love’s enemies with all the more reason to despise her. For Love’s fan base, however, Soaked in Bleach will be nothing short of sheer heresy.
The Stanford Prison Experiment
- Excerpt: Whether it is his natural personality or his trust in Granik, Hall’s life appears to be an open book. Granik adopts a purely observational perspective and Hall is unabashedly himself in front of the camera.
To the Fore
- Excerpt: Dante Lam returns to sports-based drama after the success of 2013’s Unbeatable, which scored US$5.7m at the Hong Kong box office (and US$18.5m in China) to become the year’s most successful homegrown offering. Throwing his net wider than the MMA cages of that film, To The Fore follows a trio of professional cyclists as they ascend into the sport’s top tier.
- Excerpt: Two Step is a contemplation on laziness and the American dream of getting rich quick.
- Excerpt: Unexpected perceptively illustrates the contrasts and similarities of unplanned pregnancies across Sam and Jasmine’s polarized races, classes and ages.
Welcome to Me
When Marnie Was There
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
- Excerpt: Pablo Fendrik’s Ardor slyly inserts elements of magic realism into a highly referential Neo-Western, yet the purposefully cryptic characterization of Kai really convolutes the story.
The Price of Fame
- Excerpt: It may not hit all the right notes but Xavier Beavois’ dramedy about the abduction of Charlie Chaplin’s coffin is still an amusing, bittersweet look at the immigrant experience.
The Sound of Trees
- Excerpt: The Sound of Trees creeps up on you and leaves roots that hold strong.