This Week, Part 2 (Jan. 15-17, 2016)

Because of embargoes, a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

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: Jan. 15-17, 2016

Wide (United States)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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Norm of the North

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Ride Along 2

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Limited (United States)

Band of Robbers

[New Today] Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine

  • Excerpt: Ever wonder what Tom Sawyer might look like in the mold of a 20-something millennial slacker? Then this film is for you.

The Benefactor

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: The movie, unfortunately, doesn’t live up to the performance at its core.

[New Today] Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Bumbling addiction melodrama, revolving around guilt and generosity…

[New Today] Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Richard Gere is brilliant as ever. Too bad his strong work is in the center of a plot that can’t quite seal the deal.

[New Today] Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Prentension

  • Excerpt: The Benefactor ultimately doesn’t have anything interesting to say about the character other than his surface struggles. This is especially frustrating as the film seems to have bigger aspirations than what the thriller setup would provide.

Moonwalkers

[New Today] Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine

  • Excerpt: At least we get prime Perlman.

Oktay Ege Kozak @ The Playlist

A Perfect Day

[New Today] Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An immensely powerful account of heroic, resilient, creative, and deeply ethical aid workers in the Balkans in 1995.

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: A Perfect Day is, at its heart, a poignant and mordantly funny little riff on the absurdities of war and wartime politics. Condensed, it might make for a terrific 20-minute short.

2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

45 Years

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The 5th Wave

[New Today] Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
[New Today] James Marsh @ South China Morning Post

  • Excerpt: No sooner has The Hunger Games been laid to rest than another dystopian sci-fi franchise is born with this big-screen adaptation of Rick Yancey’s warmly received young-adult page turner. Chloë Grace Moretz plays the reluctant heroine searching for her little brother in the midst of a full-scale alien invasion, while Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson is recruited into a child army of survivors being trained to protect the species.

Amy

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Anomalisa

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Best of Enemies

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The Big Short

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Bone Tomahawk

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Brooklyn

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Carol

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Concussion

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Creed

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Daddy’s Home

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The Danish Girl

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Dragon Blade

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Embrace of the Serpent

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Forest

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

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The Good Dinosaur

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Goosebumps

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The Hateful Eight

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Heart of a Dog

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Hitchcock/Truffaut

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In the Shadow of Women

[New Today] Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A French drama that reveals the pain and confusion of those whose marriages have been rocked by infidelity.

Joy

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Legend

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Miss You Already

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Mojave

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

Mustang

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Partisan

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The Revenant

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Room

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A Royal Night Out

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: A spirited, speculative, engaging escapade…

Shaun the Sheep Movie

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Sisters

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Son of Saul

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The Vatican Tapes

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

2016 Films (Coming Soon)

Closet Monster

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Closet Monster is a beauty and a beast.

The Gigolo 2

[New Today] James Marsh @ South China Morning Post

  • Excerpt: Hong Kong cinema has long been sympathetic to the plight of the city’s sex workers, but Venus Keung Kwok-man’s slapdash sequel to last year’s The Gigolo, with its nonsensical depiction of modern prostitution, still pushes plausibility and patience to the limit.

The Girl King

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Sexually charged melodrama, blending geo-politics with a transgender dilemma…

Good Morning Karachi

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An involving story about a beautiful young Pakistani woman who finds a way to fulfill her dreams.

Into the Forest

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: With powerful performances from Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood, ‘Into the Forest’ is one of Patricia Rozema’s best films

Masaan

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Our Loved Ones

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: One of those films that quietly creeps up and floors you with its warm embrace.

Secrets of War

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

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