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. 29-31, 2016
Wide (United States)
Fifty Shades of Black
The Finest Hours
Kung Fu Panda 3
Limited (United States)
88th Oscars: Nominated Shorts
2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
The 5th Wave
- Excerpt: A discourse on existential angst in the modern world, the ensemble piece comes across as sadly familiar, and as emotionally desiccated as its pallid characters.
- Excerpt: A great introduction to 17-year-old Kansas Bowling, a filmmaker of real promise.
The Big Short
- Excerpt: Every shadow becomes a dagger, every fire escape a prison in this beautiful B&W noir.
- Excerpt: Highly recommended if you enjoy shouting at movie characters about how stupid they are.
- Excerpt: Forty years ago or so it might have passed muster; now it comes across like a well-preserved genre antique.
Boy and the World
- Excerpt: ‘Boy and the World’ is this year’s surprise animated Oscar nominee, but it more than earns its spot with a unique style and captivating story.
The Danish Girl
- Excerpt: A hidden gem from last year’s festival circuit.
The End of the Tour
- Excerpt: This gloomy film is confusing and very difficult to follow.
The Hateful Eight
Infinitely Polar Bear
Ip Man 3
Jim: The James Foley Story
Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3
The Lazarus Effect
Love & Mercy
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
- Excerpt: Do me a favor: just rent “Willow” instead. “Monster Hunt” is a garbled mess.
- Excerpt: An oddball mélange of action, slapstick, sentimentality and ghoulishness, all wrapped up into one big, galumphing package. It’s more a curiosity than a delight, but the adventurous might want to give the sweet-and-sour dish a try.
One and Two
Our Brand Is Crisis
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
- Excerpt: Chic new doc about the ‘Mistress of Modern Art’.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
- Excerpt: The novelty of combining classic romance fiction with horror elements can only carry the film so far, and the other elements can’t make up the rest of the distance.
Son of Saul
2016 Films (Coming Soon)
- Excerpt: The “Broken Circle Breakdown” director returns with the story of the kind of nightclub that only exists in dreams…or the movies.
- Excerpt: She was the Czech version of Marlene Dietrich, but this campy Third Reich melodrama doesn’t do her justice
Eat That Question
Good Morning Karachi
How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town
- Excerpt: Writer/director Jeremy Lalonde manages to balance the sweet and the crass in this look at small-town sex.
The Land of the Enlightened
- Excerpt: In De Pue’s eyes, this is a country still in the dark ages, set back centuries by war and foreign occupation, and still looked down upon with scorn, even as militarized troops are sent by the thousands as aids to suppress the terrorist cells still lurking within its borders. By giving his film the provocative title The Land of the Enlightened, the filmmaker implies that the nation’s seeming naïveté is in fact a sort of simple sophistication in which they could live relatively happy lives, if uncomplicated by the greater interests of the world at large. – See more at: http://www.ioncinema.com/reviews/the-land-of-the-enlightened-review#sthash.VgG4vCvI.dpuf
- Excerpt: Is it magic that makes the opera bright?
Narodni heroj Ljiljan Vidic
One Floor Below
- Excerpt: ‘One Floor Below’ takes a common, adrenaline-fuelled plot and turns it into a slow burning thriller in which the anxiety gradually increases until it reaches the boiling point.
Plaza de La Soledad
- Excerpt: As an aesthetically elementary, yet emotionally complex account of prostitution among the aged in a Mexican metropolis, Plaza de la Soledad speaks volumes on the contradictions implicit in the human heart and community acceptance. – See more at: http://www.ioncinema.com/reviews/plaza-de-la-soledad-review#sthash.YcMttAfU.dpuf
- Excerpt: A refreshing new multigenerational family drama from the edge of Israel.
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo Qiang
- Excerpt: Sundance couldn’t have asked for more fireworks for their opening night than this.
- Excerpt: A warped family tale from the director of “Excision.”