This Week, Part 1 (Oct. 23-25, 2015)

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. 23-25, 2015

Wide (United States)

Jem and the Holograms

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The Last Witch Hunter

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Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

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Rock the Kasbah

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Expanding (United States)

Steve Jobs

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Limited (United States)

Extraordinary Tales

Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine

  • Excerpt: …Extraordinary Tales leaves us wishing for more: more running time, more of Poe’s material, more of Garcia’s macabre animated magic.

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Part of the scholarly skill of Extraordinary Tales is demonstrating the vitality of Poe stories even in brutally compressed form. The accounts depicted here—The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Masque of Red Death—have been told and retold in various mediums ad infinitum over the decades since Poe’s death, but rarely with such artful truncation.

I Smile Back

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: I Smile Back is, according to the goals it set itself, a successful movie. But is that the same as being a good one?

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Sarah Silverman delivers the type of performance typically labeled as ‘brave’ because her character debases herself. She’s fine in the role, but it’s not revelatory nor anything that raises the film above a slog.

Nasty Baby

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Nasty Baby‘s biggest asset is its cast. Silva and Adebimpe are fearlessly raw with one another, while Wiig continues to impress with her devotion to every idiosyncrasy and emotional wrinkle of her characters.

Shaandaar

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Suffragette

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2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Assassination

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: At once an old-fashioned action-adventure of the sort Harrison Ford once felt so at home in, an elegiac historical drama with shades of Sergio Leone, and a guts-and-glory shoot ‘em up that recalls Inglourious Basterds, Choi Dong-hoon’s Assassination offers up plenty of bang for its buck.

Beasts of No Nation

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Black Mass

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Bridge of Spies

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Carol

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Crimson Peak

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Experimenter

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Freeheld

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Futuro Beach

João Pinto @ http://www.portal-cinema.com [Portuguese]

Goodnight Mommy

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Goosebumps

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Hotel Transylvania 2

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James White

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: James White is an unerringly personal, often devastating study of a fundamentally decent guy — if emotional mess — struggling magnificently to get out of his own way

Labyrinth of Lies

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Legend

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Listen to Me Marlon

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The Look of Silence

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The Martian

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Mi America

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A harrowing portrait of the virulence of racial hatred in a small New York community.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Northern Soul

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Pan

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Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Room

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Sleeping with Other People

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Slow West

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Some Kind of Hate

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Something Better to Come

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Something Better to Come is more than a film about the homeless. It’s a look at humanity itself stripped down to its basics, which include survival but also, touchingly, companionship, cooperation and affection.

Son of Saul

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

  • Excerpt: Journeys to the very centre of Auschwitz’s extermination apparatus

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: Son of Saul‘s narrow scope provides unsensationalized, unsentimentalized, as-yet unseen look at life in the camps.

The Suicide Theory

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: A great setup, and well-acted, but it runs out of steam at the end; it doesn’t slay, but call it a near-miss.

Tangerine

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Tiger House

João Pinto @ http://www.portal-cinema.com [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: It’s very bad and very simple…..Do I have to say more?

The Transporter Refueled

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The Tribe

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Trumbo

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: … an engaging, heartfelt romp through McCarthy’s America.

Truth

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Unexpected

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Victoria

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When Marnie Was There

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White God

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The Wolfpack

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The Woods

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Yakuza Apocalypse

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: What’s worse than a bad film? A film that squanders its potential.

Youth

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Z for Zachariah

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

11 Minutes

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: The fundamental question any film must ask itself is, “Why tell this story?” In the case of 11 Minutes, the twenty-fifth film from Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, the problem is exacerbated: why tell these stories, any of them?

AfterDeath

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Brand New Testament

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

The Brothers Quay in 35MM

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: Wonderfully obscure, uncompromising and un-commercial, unlike the films inspired by them, The Quay Brothers in 35mm is a singular filmic experience.

The Crossing II

James Marsh @ South China Morning Post

  • Excerpt: A film – based on the historical event – billed as “the Chinese Titanic”, The Crossing tells the true story of the Taiping, a heavily overloaded Shanghai-Taiwan ferry that sank in 1949, killing more than 1,500 passengers. Or at least, the final half-hour of John Woo Yu-sen’s sprawling two-part epic does. Eventually.

Desierto

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: … a tense little thriller that plays like The Deadliest Game set along the Mexican-American border.

Don’t Grow Up

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: … feels like an art-house film that’s sold out or else an adolescent zombie film playing dress up.

Emelie

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: The film is definitely not for the faint of heart or cautious parents already too paranoid to let their kids grow up with the same childhood they probably had. Because while drawing on the walls or eating sweets are frowned upon and grounds to get the babysitter in charge fired, what Emelie does next should make parents’ skin crawl.

Estranged

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Green Room

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

  • Excerpt: A first class exercise in teeth-grinding suspense

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: Green Room has a nihilistic streak to it that may deter those who like a moral to their carnage. We, however, can’t wait to see what’s next on the palette.

Hellions

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

High-Rise

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

  • Excerpt: Impressive, hilarious, uncompromising filmmaking

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: Once the sex, drugs, pillaging, and paint make for a heady brew, but by the time you sober up you may wonder quite what it was all about.

Jackie Boy

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

The Lady in the Van

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: … The Lady in the Van is a chip (in the sugar) off the old Bennett block.

The Lobster

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

  • Excerpt: Being John Malkovich meets The Notebook with script notes by Franz Kafka

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: … as a rhythmic meditation on love and loneliness, it might even provoke you to reconsider your current relationship status.

Love & Peace

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

  • Excerpt: Wild, warm and rather wonderful

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: Combining a kaiju movie with the Game of Life is tonally inconsistent, but there’s a lot of wacky, family-friendly fun to be had in Love & Peace’s vibrant, lurid, and surprisingly catchy 117 minutes.

Naciye

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Office

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: … without any particularly memorable tunes, though, let alone a real showstopper, and characters with less depth than the 3D…

Prescient

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: The most outlandish revelations are right out of a soapy melodrama too as the grittily severe drama of the beginning gradually erupts into an almost comical series of circumstances leading Theodore to believe he can set things right. The truth of the matter is, however, that he can’t.

Price of Love

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

The Program

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

  • Excerpt: Frears plays his film as an energetic crime thriller

Remainder

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: Omer Fast’s adaptation of Tom McCarthy’s book draws into focus the theme of fate vs. self-fulfilling prophecy.

El Rey de La Habana

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: … a light knockabout affair that, at 125 minutes, becomes slightly long-winded in the final telling.

They Look Like People

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: Blackshear therefore takes the idea of worldwide chaos and distills it into the apartment of two close friends. Trust becomes paramount as the projections leading them off their own respective cliffs start pointing fingers to justify a wholesale purge of negativity and the unknown.

The Wave

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: As Arvid says, “Once mountain gets ahold of you it never lets go”, and that’s certainly true of the crystalline beauty on display here — it’s just a shame Åkerneset couldn’t have held itself together a bit longer.

The Witch

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

  • Excerpt: This is how horror movies seemed when you were too young to watch them

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