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: Nov. 20-22, 2015
Wide (United States)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
The Night Before
Secret in Their Eyes
Limited (United States)
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Beasts of No Nation
Bikes vs Cars
By the Sea
A Christmas Horror Story
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Albeit familiar, this redemptive spinoff is a crowd-pleaser. Sylvester Stallone could even be a Best Supporting Actor Oscar contender. Wouldn’t that be a knockout punch?
- Excerpt: A hard-hitting documentary on the complexities of creating a workable democracy in Africa.
The Forbidden Room
He Named Me Malala
Heart of a Dog
- Excerpt: …a spiritual experience. One can feel the love that went into creating it.
I Smile Back
- Excerpt: I Smile Back becomes a character study from front to back—an exercise to showcase Silverman’s range. With real potential to provide a deeper look at mental illness and its rough journey, though, this adaptation sadly remains on the surface by spotlighting a dismantled Laney Brooks without investing enough in the why leading up to her present triggers.
In Jackson Heights
- Excerpt: Frederick Wiseman’s immersive portrait of this immigrant neighborhood doesn’t just celebrate the melting pot, it shows that the dream is vulnerable, too.
Janis: Little Girl Blue
The Last Witch Hunter
Listen to Me Marlon
Love & Mercy
Love the Coopers
Mad Max: Fury Road
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
- Excerpt: The foreignness of the setting is taken over by the relatability of the human spirit and how it is just as likely to rise above as to be crushed in ways equally impressive. Ergüven’s blend of the familiar and the unfamiliar produces a potent concoction, both unique and universal.
My All American
The Peanuts Movie
The Pearl Button
- Excerpt: For this tone poem on the deeper cultural meanings of water, Guzmán employs normal practices of scientist talking heads and beautiful nature photography. His greater interests, however, lie in the history of people and the environment, their connections through time.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
The Russian Woodpecker
Straight Outta Compton
Where to Invade Next
- Excerpt: Where to Invade Next adopts an anthology approach to solving America’s problems. Michael Moore’s solutions are simplistic, but the underlying malaise they highlight is disturbing.
Woman in Gold
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
Afghanistan 1979: the War that Changed the World
Aimy in a Cage
- Excerpt: …creates an arresting world that looks like a post-apocalyptic ‘Pee Wee’s Playhouse’… Unfortunately, the story does not engage us nearly as much as the film’s visual milieu does.
Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
- Excerpt: Il suo è davvero uno sguardo inesausto, che non si accontenta mai, che non semplifica e che vuole farci vedere il mondo con occhi nuovi. Imperdibile.
Congo: the Doctor who Saves Women
She’s Lost Control
- Excerpt: Ronah (Brooke Bloom) may be working as a sexual surrogate to help people and complete her masters in behavioral psychology, but it isn’t long into She’s Lost Control to realize the title’s sentiments. It’s as though she has decided to retreat into these strange men—vessels to supply her intimacy both physically and mentally—rather than move forward with her own life into a healthy relationship.