This Week, Part 1 (Jan. 22-24, 2016)

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: Jan. 22-24, 2016

Wide (United States)

The 5th Wave

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Limited (United States)

Ip Man 3

Kenji Fujishima @ Paste Magazine
Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Ip Man 3 continues the pattern of interrupting what could be thought-provoking marital arts drama with the absurd by casting Mike Tyson as the behind the scenes villain who is even outacted by Ip Man’s wooden kung-fu practice contraption.

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: There’s a kind of grace in Yen’s movements that makes me think of Gene Kelly.

Mojave

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: The opening prepares us for an arduous journey of revenge and one-upmanship where two men are fiercely driven to destroy the other rather than survive themselves. Instead it’s a tonally out there character study as divisive as The Counselor and almost as oddly eccentric.

2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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Anomalisa

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Band of Robbers

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It sounds awful, like yet another delayed-sequel/origin-story/cinematic-universe Product from an art form bent on telling “new” stories based on familiar elements. So maybe it’s due to mere expectation that ‘Band of Robbers’ is so wonderful – sharp, funny, big-hearted, and absolutely true to the spirit of the author in question.

The Benefactor

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The Big Short

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Brooklyn

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Chi-Raq

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Creed

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Dreams Rewired

Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: Science fiction becomes reality in this funny and disturbing collection of filmed techno-history

The Final Girls

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The Forest

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The Hateful Eight

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Hotel Transylvania 2

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Jem and the Holograms

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The Lady in the Van

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Maggie

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Martyrs

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
Oktay Kozak @ The Playlist
C.J. Prince @ Way Too Indie

Mustang

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No Home Movie

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: those willing to submit to the filmmaker’s vision may be surprised that a film consisting of minutes-long takes of barren, arid landscapes, her mother’s Brussels apartment and the occasional conversation can have such a powerful emotional build.

Norm of the North

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The Peanuts Movie

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A Perfect Day

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Point Break

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The Revenant

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Ricki and the Flash

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Ride Along 2

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Sinister 2

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Son of Saul

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Straight Outta Compton

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The Treasure

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Don’t expect a big payoff in Corneliu Porumboiu’s long-build satire about some hapless diggers for buried treasure; the journey is the joke here.

Trumbo

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The Vatican Tapes

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A War

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

  • Excerpt: While this is extremely universal in its message, it’s very much a re-tread of topics covered at great length in previous films.

Western

Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: A poignant story of a traditional, peaceful and productive way of live ripped apart by drugs and politicians.

Where to Invade Next

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2016 Films (Coming Soon)

The Demons

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Surprise film at Canada’s Top Ten has enormous visual power.

One Floor Below

C.J. Prince @ Way Too Indie
Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

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