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. 2-4, 2015
Wide (United States)
Expanding (United States)
Limited (United States)
He Named Me Malala
- Excerpt: Malala Yousafzai says, “One teacher, one student, one book, and one pen can change the world.” But can one documentary?
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Una historia que todos queríamos conocer sobre los mineros chilenos atrapados, que fracasa por su ambición de querer contarlo todo.
87th Oscars: Nominated Shorts
- Excerpt: Empathetic & socially-conscious, effectively exposing real-estate corruption…
- Excerpt: Jennifer Phang’s ambitious sci-fi drama presents some intriguing ideas about identity and sacrifice in a uniquely female context, but she invests her budget into the wrong elements, and is unable to fashion her final film into anything particularly engaging.
Amira and Sam
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Bikes vs Cars
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story
- Excerpt: A Brave Heart is a tender and soulful movie about being confident in your own skin. Prepare to be moved and exhilarated.
The D Train
- Excerpt: A brew that aims for a campy, midnight-movie vibe it never quite achieves.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
- Excerpt: Two co-workers stranded in Albuquerque explore some personal taboos in this dashed-off comedy of manners from Neil LaBute.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead
The Duke of Burgundy
- Excerpt: There are no happy-faced hairless alien midgets making Kodály Hand Signs whilst smiling at a beaming François Truffaut. No siree Spielberg, the mo-fos in this picture induce drawer filling of the heaviest order.
Fifty Shades of Grey
- Excerpt: Surprisingly, Finders Keepers is more Rich Hill than Jerry Springer: a grim portrait of rural, blue-collar America negotiating—with little success—a briarwood of false hopes, suffocating expectations, and exploitative forces.
The Forbidden Room
- Excerpt: The Forbidden Room’s central gimmick—a collection of lost films from the recesses of moving-image history are re-made by Maddin and company and invited to converse with one another—is deceptively anthropological. What’s really happened is that this filmmaker, always fascinated less by bygone cinema in its actuality than by the interaction between old films and the complex mind of their viewer, has leveraged this experiment, at once a research project and a brainstorm, to chisel yet again into the depths of his own past.
The Green Inferno
- Excerpt: Gross, stomach-churning horror flick, proving, once again, that no good deed goes unpunished…
Hard to Be a God
Hitman: Agent 47
Hotel Transylvania 2
How to Save Us
I Saw the Light
In the Name of My Daughter
Insidious Chapter 3
- Excerpt: The debut feature from Josh Mond, producer of Simon Killer and Martha Marcy May Marlene, is a tough coming-of-age tale featuring a couple of top-notch showboating performances. However, the desperate circumstances alone do not make for an engaging drama, and the desperately unlikable central character always keeps the audience at arm’s length.
The Keeping Room
- Excerpt: Three women, two white sisters and their slave, are hunted by renegade soldiers at the end of the Civil War in an ambitious if overreaching home-invasion thriller laden with historical nuance.
Kill Me Three Times
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
The Last Five Years
- Excerpt: A smart, wistful exploration of art, ambition, and celebrity, with appealingly melancholic performances by Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan.
Lila & Eve
Live from New York!
- Excerpt: A Macbeth that lacks not only significance but also the sound and fury that might provide a truly memorable addition to the canon.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Man from Reno
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Maps to the Stars
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Miss You Already
- Excerpt: Authentically female in how it gets inside a lifelong friendship between two women, and as wisely funny as it is sharply poignant.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
- Excerpt: Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds are playing the latter day George Segal and Elliott Gould. Unfortunately, our protagonists this time around are poorly developed and sometimes downright unbelievable, a serious mistake for earnest filmmakers.
The New Girlfriend
- Excerpt: … essentially Hook for the Avatar generation.
Paul Taylor Creative Domain
- Excerpt: Riffing on the title of dancer/choreographer Paul Taylor’s autobiography Private Domain, director Kate Geis’s conceit is that she will reveal the secret of Taylor’s choreographic genius. This she does not do—nor do I think anyone can—but she nonetheless offers accumulative detail in showing how a dance is made.
Pay the Ghost
The Pearl Button
- Excerpt: Although it partakes in uninhibited romanticisation, Patricio Guzmán’s documentary essay still is still a fascinating example of Herzogian “ecstatic truth” cinema.
Pitch Perfect 2
- Excerpt: Reality is a Chinese puzzle box of nightmares hidden inside of jokes hidden inside of nightmares. It’s the labyrinth itself that interests Dupieux, not the exit.
Run All Night
The Second Mother
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Sleeping with Other People
Some Kind of Beautiful
The Stanford Prison Experiment
Straight Outta Compton
- Excerpt: Like an outlaw puppeteer Panahi refuses to let anyone break his creative strings.
Tom at the Farm
The Transporter Refueled
- Excerpt: Four modern-day cowboys drive 16 mustangs from Mexico to Canada in this sumptuously packaged and goofily charming oddball feature-length advocacy advertisement about America’s wild-horse overpopulation crisis.
- Excerpt: A renegade cop takes on the spoilt heir of a family-run conglomerate in Ryoo Seung-wan’s tightly-paced and sharp-witted crime thriller Veteran. Hwang Jung-min and Yoo Ah-in lead an impressive ensemble of familiar faces, while the themes of endemic corruption and cronyism in Korean big business strike a poignant chord.
- Excerpt: It’s wild, it’s bold, and the final act is an exhilarating force that will leave you slack-jawed. Star Laia Costa is a virtuoso of talent and her nuanced emotional range is going to make her a star.
We Are Still Here
The Wedding Ringer
Welcome to Me
What We Do in the Shadows
When Marnie Was There
While We’re Young
Woman in Gold
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
- Excerpt: Call it torture porn, if you will, but the final thirty minutes are revoltingly shocking – replete with all manner of eviscerations, eye gouging, flesh burning and – my personal favourite – sodomy involving a half-woman-half-goat.
Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Una película que intenta ser reflexiva y termina siendo una visión banal y desordenada de algunos fenómenos sociales del mundo actual.
Catch Me Daddy
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: Demon raises many questions, but supplies no easy answers. What it delivers, however, is one of the scariest, most sickeningly creepy horror films of the year.
- Excerpt: Eva Nová is a sobering character study.
G – A Wanton Heart
Ghosthunters on Icy Trails
- Excerpt: We ain’t afraid of no ghost.
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World
- Excerpt: Haida Gwaii shows us a corner of the world that evokes an image of Canada before the fall. It’s a shame the rest of the country isn’t as beautiful.
Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous
- Excerpt: Christopher Doyle’s docudrama is gorgeously bizarre.
The Last Time You Had Fun
Miss Sharon Jones!
- Excerpt: The inspiring Miss Sharon Jones! hits a very high note.
- Excerpt: Do stories of migration need to be tragic in order to be compelling?
- Excerpt: … you’ll want to get with The Program, if only for Foster’s focused performance, which is bound to be an honest competitor come award’s season.
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
Songs My Brothers Taught Me
- Excerpt: The debut feature from Beijing-born Chloe Zhao focuses on the unlikely subject matter of adolescent Lakota indians in South Dakota. Beautifully photographed and confidently directed, Songs My Brothers Taught Me is a notable first film, marred only by a rather cliched coming-of-age narrative, albeit in an original and intriguing setting.
This Changes Everything
- Excerpt: A great film and a rallying cry for change.
A Wedding in Castañer
Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Una Boda en Castañer es una entretenida comedia romántica puertorriqueña llena de personajes simpáticos y bastante risas. Aunque tiene fallos en varios departamentos, el largometraje logra salir a flote gracias a un director que pone a Puerto Rico como uno de los personajes principales, y un elenco variado con mucho talento.
Where to Invade Next
- Excerpt: The Witch is bargain basement Terence Malick crossed with a Roman Polanski wannabe and dollops of half-baked Bergman, but worse yet, is not unlike lower-drawer M. Night Shyamalan. That, my friends, is truly chilling.