This Week, Part 2 (Nov. 20-22, 2015)

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: Nov. 19-21, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

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The Night Before

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Secret in Their Eyes

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Limited (United States)

Carol

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Legend

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The Summer of Sangaile

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ RogerEbert.com

  • Excerpt: It’s a movie of lovely surfaces that only alludes to and rarely explores what is happening beneath them.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

(T)error

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The 33

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99 Homes

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Altered Minds

[New Today] Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

  • Excerpt: Judd Hirsch anchors this engaging psychological thriller.

The Assassin

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Beasts of No Nation

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Bikes vs Cars

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Black Mass

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Brooklyn

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Burnt

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By the Sea

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A Christmas Horror Story

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The Clan

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Creed

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Albeit familiar, this redemptive spinoff is a crowd-pleaser. Sylvester Stallone could even be a Best Supporting Actor Oscar contender. Wouldn’t that be a knockout punch?

Criminal Activities

[New Today] Oktay Kozak @ The Playlist

Crimson Peak

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The Cut

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Democrats

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A hard-hitting documentary on the complexities of creating a workable democracy in Africa.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

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Dope

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Entertainment

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Experimenter

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The Forbidden Room

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Grandma

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He Named Me Malala

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Heart of a Dog

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …a spiritual experience. One can feel the love that went into creating it.

I Smile Back

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: I Smile Back becomes a character study from front to back—an exercise to showcase Silverman’s range. With real potential to provide a deeper look at mental illness and its rough journey, though, this adaptation sadly remains on the surface by spotlighting a dismantled Laney Brooks without investing enough in the why leading up to her present triggers.

In Jackson Heights

Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters

  • Excerpt: Frederick Wiseman’s immersive portrait of this immigrant neighborhood doesn’t just celebrate the melting pot, it shows that the dream is vulnerable, too.

James White

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis
[New Today] Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: Mond has captured a devastating portrait of unceasing pain with James White, one you’d assume had a personal connection even without knowing his own mother died of the disease. Discovering Abbott is a close friend, that Nixon (a high-profile cancer-survivor) called him after reading the script because her mother also succumbed to the illness, and how much of his writing process was set to Kid Cudi‘s music (Mescudi also scores the film) makes the whole endeavor kismet.

Janis: Little Girl Blue

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Jauja

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Jupiter Ascending

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Jurassic World

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Kingdom of Shadows

[New Today] Daniel Schindel @ The Film Stage

The Last Witch Hunter

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Listen to Me Marlon

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Love

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Love & Mercy

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Love the Coopers

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Mad Max: Fury Road

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Madame Bovary

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Man Up

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Manglehorn

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The Martian

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Mistress America

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Momentum

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Mustang

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: The foreignness of the setting is taken over by the relatability of the human spirit and how it is just as likely to rise above as to be crushed in ways equally impressive. Ergüven’s blend of the familiar and the unfamiliar produces a potent concoction, both unique and universal.

[New Today] Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: Told from the youngest sibling’s point-of-view in order to showcase how universal their oppression is no matter age down the line from Sonay to Nur, Mustang toes the line of entertainingly resonate coming-of-age tale and dramatically important exposé on life behind closed doors of a ritualistic tradition stripping away the rights of children. For every comically wonderful instance of Grandma or Aunt Emine (Aynur Komecoglu) covering up the girls’ missteps is one of Erol’s violent temper or the community’s side-eyed glares.

My All American

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The Peanuts Movie

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The Pearl Button

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Prentension

  • Excerpt: For this tone poem on the deeper cultural meanings of water, Guzmán employs normal practices of scientist talking heads and beautiful nature photography. His greater interests, however, lie in the history of people and the environment, their connections through time.

Phoenix

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Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Russian Woodpecker

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Self/less

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Sicario

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Southpaw

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Spectre

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Spotlight

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Steve Jobs

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Stinking Heaven

[New Today] Daniel Schindel @ The Film Stage

Straight Outta Compton

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Tangerine

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Taxi

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Tokyo Tribe

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Trumbo

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Where to Invade Next

Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters

  • Excerpt: Where to Invade Next adopts an anthology approach to solving America’s problems. Michael Moore’s solutions are simplistic, but the underlying malaise they highlight is disturbing.

Woman in Gold

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The Wonders

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The Woods

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Afghanistan 1979: the War that Changed the World

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Aimy in a Cage

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …creates an arresting world that looks like a post-apocalyptic ‘Pee Wee’s Playhouse’… Unfortunately, the story does not engage us nearly as much as the film’s visual milieu does.

Chronic

[New Today] Daniel Schindel @ The Film Stage

The Club

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Il suo è davvero uno sguardo inesausto, che non si accontenta mai, che non semplifica e che vuole farci vedere il mondo con occhi nuovi. Imperdibile.

Congo: the Doctor who Saves Women

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Dressmaker

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Mavis!

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

She’s Lost Control

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: Ronah (Brooke Bloom) may be working as a sexual surrogate to help people and complete her masters in behavioral psychology, but it isn’t long into She’s Lost Control to realize the title’s sentiments. It’s as though she has decided to retreat into these strange men—vessels to supply her intimacy both physically and mentally—rather than move forward with her own life into a healthy relationship.

When Memory Comes: a Film about Saul Friedländer

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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