This Week, Part 1 (Sep. 18-20, 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: Sep. 18-20, 2015

Wide (United States)

Black Mass

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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Limited (United States)

Everest

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2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

12 Rounds 3: Lockdown

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

  • Excerpt: The 12 Rounds franchise never used its central idea to the fullest potential, but removing it completely wasn’t the answer, either.

90 Minutes in Heaven

Frank SwietekO @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: May strike a welcome chord with the evangelical groups at whom it’s obviously aimed. But for others the ploddingly preachy picture will seem more like a stint in purgatory, if not someplace even more uncomfortable.

After Words

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Part travelogue, part existential journey, part ugly duckling fable, and part Harlequin romance, this tale of two people by Uruguayan-born director Juan Feldman is the kind of guilty pleasure that satisfies even as you scoff.

American Ultra

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Attack on Titan: End of the World

James Marsh @ South China Morning Post

  • Excerpt: In an increasingly prevalent trend among Japanese blockbusters, Attack on Titan: End of the World arrives just weeks after its predecessor. Like Gantz, Parasyte and others before it, it also eschews much of the promise that came with the high concept set-up of part one, replaced by reams of tedious exposition and backstory.

Being Evel

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Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery

James Marsh @ South China Morning Post

  • Excerpt: Winner of the German Film Award for best documentary feature, Arne Birkenstock’s account of master forger Wolfgang Beltracchi tells a story almost impossible to believe in this era of rigorous carbon dating and hi-tech scrutiny. And yet, somehow Beltracchi and his wife Helene, over a period of decades, sold hundreds of forgeries of paintings from the likes of Max Ernst, Heinrich Campendonk and Fernand Leger, banking millions of dollars in the process.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

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Blackhat

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Breathe

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

A Brilliant Young Mind

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The Challenger

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Coming Home

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Cop Car

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The Cut

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: For a film about a father’s grueling and seemingly endless journey to reconnect with the daughters he thought lost after his culture’s violent commandeering at the hands of Ottoman Empire forces, Akin’s willingness to sacrifice the contextual complications inherent in The Cut’s temporal and geographical shifts makes rather lightweight a drama that has much to gain from a sense of toil, duration, and physical duress.

The Danish Girl

Patrick Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World

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Demolition

Patrick Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Digging for Fire

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Durak

Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: An expose’ that rises above finger pointing to create a masterpiece of tension and suspense.

Everly

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Face of an Angel

Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: “The Face of an Angel” é uma obra filosófica que nos acelera o coração com a ocasional cena violenta, mas no fundo pretende apenas que pensemos por um momento e aproveitemos o amor e a juventude, ao mesmo tempo que critica a imprensa sensacionalista e a indústria cinematográfica.

The Gift

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Goodnight Mommy

Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: When things go wrong at home, they really go wrong.

Grandma

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Hitman: Agent 47

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Home

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I Touched All Your Stuff

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Although plagued with inept editing techniques and an irritating overuse of screenshot imagery and repetitive B-roll footage “I Touched All Your Stuff” is a fascinating character study even if you don’t walk out feeling like you had some epiphany.

The Iron Ministry

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

It Follows

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Jimmy’s Hall

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Kill Me Three Times

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Life

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Oh, life. Do do do do.

Listen to Me Marlon

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Listening

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Naive, hamfisted, and amateurish indie sci-fi… but as hilarious as the clumsy, clichéd execution is, it still isn’t even worth it for the laughs.

Love & Mercy

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Meru

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Mistress America

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The New Girlfriend

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Ozon is unable to strike the balance between the two modes into which most of his films fall – the intensely psychological and the prankish but classicalist melodrama.

Queen of Earth

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Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

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Time Out of Mind

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Top Spin

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Trainwreck

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The Transporter Refueled

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Turbo Kid

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Veteran

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Veteran is like Beverly Hills Cop remade with the young Jackie Chan.

The Visit

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We Come As Friends

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
Jonathan Ricjards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: The Sudan is big, unruly, magnificent, chaotic, sometimes beautiful, often painful. This movie is a lot like that too.

Welcome to Leith

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Youth

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Cub

Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Com um início muito promissor de filme infantil, “Cub” descamba no medíocre filme de terror com muitos clichés. Parece ter sido uma oportunidade perdida em ambos os territórios.

Dégradé

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

East Side Sushi

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Prentension

  • Excerpt: East Side Sushi is a warm story about cultural identity and really good food.

Eva Doesn’t Sleep

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Green Room

Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Saulnier volta a conseguir um filme controverso, sem pontos muitos fortes, mas sem pontos fracos, que fará os amantes do thriiler passarem um bom momento enquanto assistem a uma escalada da violência.

Hellions

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Surreal and spooky, Hellions is a nifty way to get freaked out for eighty-two minutes.

The History Student

Frank Ochieng @ Popoptiq

  • Excerpt: The History Student feels understated in its challenging message of a young boy’s exploration for self-identity and self-discovery because it is so quiet and radiant in its low-key elegance.

How Heavy This Hammer

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Howl

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Ninth Floor

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

The Office

James Marsh @ TwitchFilm

  • Excerpt: In a wild change of pace, Hong Kong director Johnnie To delivers an all-singing, occasionally-dancing adaptation of Sylvia Chang’s successful stage play, Design for Living. While the script has undergone numerous changes along the way, and boasts brand new musical numbers from Dayo Lu and Lin Xi, Office still charts the in-house dealings of billion-dollar company Jones & Sunn as they prepare to go public on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis. To covered similar territory previously – and better – in 2011’s Life Without Principle, but his film does display a keen understanding of Hong Kong’s workplace environment and rituals.

One Wild Moment

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

The Paradise Suite

Oktay Kozak @ The Playlist

Party Girl

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: With the lead cast as herself, this film is too personal to be engaging.

Rahasya

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Sleeping Giant

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Sordid Confessions

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: Judge not, that ye be not judged

Sunset Song

Patrick Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Truman

Oktay Kozak @ The Playlist

Very Big Shot

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Ville-Marie

Patrick Mullen @ Cinemablographer

The Waiting Room

Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis

The Waiting Room

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Women He’s Undressed

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

The World of Astley Baker Davies

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: The whole collection of shorts are highly enjoyable and the juxtaposition of darker films with lighter, funnier works surprisingly well as a showcase of both their makers’ talents and their versatility. See it in particular for the fantastic ‘The Hill Farm’ and ‘The Village.’

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