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: Oct. 16-18, 2015
Wide (United States)
Bridge of Spies
Expanding (United States)
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: The Assassin cannot be reduced to some alternate, arty version of a wuxia movie. It is a wuxia movie in every sense and it is also overwhelmingly artful.
- Excerpt: An enchanting cinematic work of art that turns a martial arts drama into a meditation on beauty and empathy.
Beasts of No Nation
- Excerpt: What ultimately makes BEASTS OF NO NATION worthwhile are the two performances at its center. Elba is a formidable enough presence. Attah not only holds his own onscreen with Elba, the young actor occasionally eclipses him.
- Excerpt: Beasts Of No Nation’ is a grim study in blistering, bruising and unrelenting misery. You should watch it immediately.
- Excerpt: Undeniably hard to watch, but also a dramatically wrenching depiction of contemporary realities one might prefer to ignore—but shouldn’t.
- Excerpt: I wish I could have stopped the film — numerous times — simply to give myself a chance to step back from an emotional precipice of horror and tension.
- Excerpt: The most vital aspects of the film, the lives of Joy and Jack, are when it is at its best. It is an uncompromising look at trauma, abuse and neglect and the tenacity and determination required to overcome life’s trials while remaining a steadfast and dependable parent and guardian.
Tales of Halloween
- Excerpt: After two hours of distracting us from the real story, it has the nerve to feign grandiosity, weakly gesturing at observations about American journalism that were made with more strength and elegance ten years ago in Good Night, and Good Luck. Truth pretends to stand for the unvarnished virtues of pure journalism while partaking in the very same obfuscation and bias it condemns.
- Excerpt: Intense and tantalizing, delving into the deplorable decline of modern journalism…
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Addicted to Fresno
Big Stone Gap
- Excerpt: A heartfelt and earnest homespun comedy about the family ties that bind us all together.
The Boy from Geita
A Brilliant Young Mind
- Excerpt: Lively and lovely, Brooklyn is a delight that will bring you to tears, but leave you smiling.
The Final Girls
The Forbidden Room
He Named Me Malala
- Excerpt: A treat for film buffs.
- Excerpt: It’s a step up from the Rasmussens’ John Carpenter collaboration The Ward because it isn’t afraid to let its mysteries exist without easy answers. There’s no attempt for twists, just a barebones, atmospherically tense ghost thriller moving at its own pace.
Insidious Chapter 3
- Excerpt: It’s a very enjoyable lark, thanks not only to the great music on display, but also Anderson’s clear love for the setting, but a lark nonetheless. It’s an esoteric work from a major filmmaker, and one that looks like it provided a welcome opportunity for Anderson to get away from the grind of promoting Inherent Vice.
The Keeping Room
Pay the Ghost
Straight Outta Compton
Tab Hunter Confidential
Time Out of Mind
- Excerpt: The boys deliver truly engrossing performances full of drama and inexplicably the same amount of optimism despite it. Each one proving the capacity to instill change is within us all.
- Excerpt: Yakuza Apocalypse may not be Miike’s best film, and lord knows he’ll try to top it ten times over, but it’s the only one to feature a kung-fu frog monster destroyer of worlds.
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
Diego Salgado @ Diagonal [Spanish]
The Beach of the Drowned
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Albania’s Oscar submission is a hidden gem.
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
- Excerpt: More edited than directed, “De Palma” is rightfully content to let the director of such classics as “Carrie” and “Scarface” tell the story of his career.
In the Room
- Excerpt: Don Cheadle’s independently produced labor of love is an exquisitely polished love letter to the iconic genius who revolutionized music five times over during the 20th century.
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
Night of the Living Deb
The Silence of the Flies
A Syrian Love Story
- Excerpt: Heart-breaking and important
- Excerpt: Tig manages to sort through the messiness of a tumultuous period in its subject’s life without completely smoothing them out. While that’s an admirable achievement, it also prevents the film from reaching much of a conclusion or a point of catharsis.
Where to Invade Next
- Excerpt: Where to Invade Next might be Moore’s shrewdest move yet.