This Week, Part 2 (Jan. 8-10, 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. 8-10, 2016

Wide (United States)

The Forest

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Expanding (United States)

The Revenant

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Limited (United States)

Anesthesia

Brent McKnight @ Cinema Blend

  • Excerpt: If you look too close, you’ll see a mess of ideas and themes, random connections, and jagged edges, but if you step back, these splotches form a pleasing enough picture.

The Treasure

Kenji Fujishima @ Paste

Wazir

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

45 Years

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90 Minutes in Heaven

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: So deeply terrible that it will make you question the existence of God. The dialogue is the least natural I’ve ever seen in a film not made by Ed Wood.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

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Anomalisa

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The Big Short

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The Boy and the Beast

James Marsh @ South China Morning Post

  • Excerpt: In the years since Hayao Mayazaki announced his retirement as the de facto king of Japanese animation, many have pointed to Mamoru Hasoda to take up the mantle. With films like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars and Wolf Children, Hasoda has developed a winning blend of escapism, charm and thoughtful narrative insight to back up his claim.

Bridge of Spies

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Brooklyn

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By the Sea

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Chi-Raq

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Concussion

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Cooties

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Creed

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Daddy’s Home

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The Danish Girl

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Diablo

Oktay Kozak @ The Playlist

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

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Do You Believe?

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Crash, but Jesus-y. Scoffers and doubters will get their smackdown, but even believers should be skeptical at how this ridiculous roundrobin plays out.

The End of the Tour

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Every Thing Will Be Fine

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: Story-less tale of depression isn’t helped by 3D cinematography

The Good Dinosaur

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Goosebumps

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The Hateful Eight

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Hell and Back

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Yes it’s a labor of warped love that lives up to its creators’ aesthetic and will probably turn a profit on VOD thanks to Adult Swim’s demographic waiting with open arms, but it isn’t good. It’s sadly a waste of some very remarkable resources.

Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer

  • Excerpt: …a wholly emphatic, beautifully contained drama about Christianity and sexuality that doesn’t fall into easy moralizing or obvious stereotypes.

Ip Man 3

James Marsh @ Screen International

  • Excerpt: Donnie Yen and director Wilson Yip reunite for a third round of wing chun-related action, this time detailing the grandmaster Ip Man’s clash with a corrupt American property tycoon played by Mike Tyson, alongside a title challenge from a rival master (Max Zhang Jin). Veering away from the series’ breast-beating jingoism, Ip Man 3 trades the crowd-pleasing intensity of its predecessors for a more introspective portrait of its central character.

Jeruzalem

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Joy

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Legend

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Love the Coopers

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Magic Mike XXL

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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Mia Madre

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: For a film about the process of losing a loved one, Mia Madre (My Mother), the latest from writer-director Nanni Moretti, has a deceptively light touch.

Mr. Holmes

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Mustang

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Partisan

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: Family, business, and survival are grand themes in dire need of context.

Point Break

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Project Almanac

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Queen of Earth

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Regression

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Non basta infatti il twist finale a salvare Regression: le buone intenzioni di Amenabar naufragano in un mare di cattiva recitazione e cattivo gusto.

Room

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Sisters

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Southpaw

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Spotlight

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Steve Jobs

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Taxi

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Trainwreck

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The Walk

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War Room

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Slick production values cannot overcome a preachy script full of strained metaphors delivered by wooden actors. Like a corporate promo video for God.

Youth

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2016 Films (Coming Soon)

Call Me Marianna

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: A second timeline adds a lot of depth to the story of a Polish transgendered woman

Howl

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Karbala

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: Polish war movie has tense scenes punctuated with war-movie clichés

Memories and Confessions

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Spanish Affair

James Marsh @ South China Morning Post

  • Excerpt: In cross-cultural relationships, families and friends can let their own prejudices get in the way of romantic endeavours. Spanish Affair pits the Andalusians against the Basques when Rafa (Dani Rovira), a stand-up comic from Seville, falls for feisty country girl Amaia (Clara Lago). Venturing into Basque country for the very first time, Rafa must keep up the charade that he is a local, rather than a vile city dweller, especially in front of Amaia’s fiercely traditional father (Karra Elejalde).

Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: Music documentary offers exposure to The Residents, but it’s mostly for fans

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