This Week, Part 1 (Dec. 11-13, 2015)

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: Dec. 11-13, 2015

Wide (United States)

In the Heart of the Sea

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Limited (United States)

The Big Short

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Boy and the World

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: One wonders how receptive young audiences should be to a film that puts its storytelling secondary to its message-making. Bubbly as Abreu’s aesthetics are…his deathly pale, black-hole-eyed human figurines, almost all voiceless, are just interchangeable representations of contemporary existential woes.

Don Verdean

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

45 Years

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Amy

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Anomalisa

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Beasts of No Nation

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Best of Enemies

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Bridge of Spies

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Brooklyn

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Carol

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Cartel Land

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Chi-Raq

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Creed

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Criminal Activities

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Danish Girl

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Entertainment

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Every Thing Will Be Fine

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Felix and Meira

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

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The Good Dinosaur

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Heart of a Dog

Kenji Fujishima @ Paste

Human Capital

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

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James White

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Janis: Little Girl Blue

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: All we know is that Janis loved the blues, loved life, felt deeply, and that Amy Berg creates a fascinating study of a musician sometimes overshadowed by her fellow untimely death peers such as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain.

Joy

David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: However, these sequences that give the film (and Lawrence’s performance) a real edge are constantly off-set by a screenplay from Russell that feels indecisive and unfinished.

The Keeping Room

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Krampus

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The Lady in the Van

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

  • Excerpt: It’s an even blander, weirder, less logical Philomena.

Life

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The Look of Silence

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Macbeth

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Mediterranea

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Jonas Carpignano’s timely and revelatory film puts a human face on the contemporary crisis of illegal immigrants and refugees desperate for a better life. That the principal face belongs to a charismatic newcomer named Koudous Seihon adds enormously to the film’s appeal.

Mustang

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The Night Before

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Our Brand Is Crisis

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The Pearl Button

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The Revenant

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Room

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The Second Mother

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Shaun the Sheep Movie

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Sicario

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Son of Saul

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Southpaw

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Spectre

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Spotlight

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Steve Jobs

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Trumbo

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Uncle Nick

Sean Burns @ Movie Mezzanine

  • Excerpt: I was not offended by the subject matter so much as I was depressed by the lazy, lameness of the gags.

Where to Invade Next

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Youth

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Art Bastard

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: But the real thrust of this lively documentary is Cenedella’s relationship to the art establishment, which has generally been too caught up in the frenzied pursuit of the latest thing to appreciate what he has to offer.

The Dressmaker

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

The Girl King

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Of the North

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Documentary ‘of the North’ is armchair colonialism.

Ovation

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Jaglom, a protégé of Orson Welles (his recordings of conversations with the master is available in book form: My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles,) has had a checkered career, but there’s a lot to like about this puppyishly amiable backstage romp.

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