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. 25-27, 2015
Wide (United States)
Expanding (United States)
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: 99 Homes’s fundamental schematics and overly neat symmetries aren’t a dealbreaker. Bahrani’s talent for orchestrating sequences of tightly wound tension is in full bloom here, as is his complementary knack for quieter grace notes.
- Excerpt: Not as funny as it wants to be nor dramatic enough when it needs to be.
- Excerpt: A small, familiar but reasonably engaging coming-of-age dramedy…with a smidgen of action-movie violence.
The Keeping Room
- Excerpt: Never for a moment does Marling, Steinfeld or Otaru let a hint of modernity affect their speech or performance.
- Excerpt: Pardon the poker idioms, but if [Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck] don’t know when to stay, they at least like to play with their cards close to the vest.
- Excerpt: Getting a bead on Stonewall is nearly impossible.
- Excerpt: Comes across as a heartfelt piece of work, but one that’s stilted, cliche-ridden and grossly manipulative.
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
A Brilliant Young Mind
The Danish Girl
- Excerpt: A tale of two hillbillies. A 90 second local news story about an amputated leg and a grill stretched into a full-length documentary
Hitman: Agent 47
- Excerpt: Tom Hardy’s towering twin performance is the main reason to see it but for those that bask in the films of Martin Scorsese and those that followed his lead, it’s got personality, panache and slick charm to spare.
The Look of Silence
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
- Excerpt: Is there life on Mars?
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Meet the Patels
- Excerpt: Engaging but overlong, and at times more than a mite unsettling.
The New Girlfriend
- Excerpt: The comic genius of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ is how it takes all of the Troubled Genius Biopic tropes and cranks them up to 11, far past the barometers of either believable human behavior or credible filmmaking.
- Excerpt: Fascinating as it is, Edward Zwick’s PAWN SACRIFICE misses the mark often enough to keep it from being a full-on masterpiece. On occasion though, this spare biography of tormented chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and the performances of its dynamic ensemble cast are riveting.
- Excerpt: Pawn Sacrifice nobly attempts to dramatize a landmark chess game between American Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and the USSR’s Boris Spassky (Live Schreiber), but its entire dramatic thrust hinges on one of the most tired clichés in the movies.
Pay the Ghost
- Excerpt: This is a McDonald’s meal of a movie, slapped together and designed to taste just like every other McDonald’s meal you’ve ever eaten at any point in your life.
The Perfect Guy
Queen and Country
Return to Sender
Ricki and the Flash
The Second Mother
Sleeping with Other People
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
Straight Outta Compton
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
The Closer We Get
Dressed as a Girl
East Side Sushi
Embrace of the Serpent
The Family Fang
- Excerpt: February is the second Ottawa film this year to feature an exorcism, but at least this one doesn’t feature Ron Jeremy.
- Excerpt: The film, shot in Waterford, Ontario, which is (by its own measure) the Pumpkin Capital of the World, makes perfect use of its quaint setting to stage a playfully ominous Halloween night. McDonald is the Pumpkin King!
Land of Mine
My Internship in Canada
- Excerpt: This laugh a minute farce is grand entertainment—and essential viewing before this October’s election.
The Ones Below
Orion: The Man Who Would Be King
Right Now, Wrong Then
Stories of Our Lives
Un Plus Une
- Excerpt: This truly scary film is a masterwork of horror: Gothic terror has never been more delicious.