This Week, Part 2 (Sep. 25-27, 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: Sep. 25-27, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Green Inferno

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: I have zero stars for it, but I do have one finger to offer in response to the one Roth flips us with this movie.

[New Today] Mark Harris @ About.com
[New Today] Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: The Green Inferno never progresses beyond sophomoric mockery and pale imitation.

Hotel Transylvania 2

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The sequel, by star Adam Sandler and returning writer Robert Smigel, sinks its teeth into overprotective parenting, families joined by marriage and tradition vs. progress with Sandler in his one of his most lovable roles leading up his pally pack of ghouls

[New Today] Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant

  • Excerpt: Hotel Transylvania 2 offers cute but brainless escapism for young moviegoers – as well as parents looking to distract their children for a few hours.

[New Today] Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
[New Today] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A depressingly flat attempt to wring a few more dollars out of the premise that drove its mediocre 2012 predecessor.

The Intern

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

Everest

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Sicario

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

99 Homes

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • 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.

Ashby

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Not as funny as it wants to be nor dramatic enough when it needs to be.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A small, familiar but reasonably engaging coming-of-age dramedy…with a smidgen of action-movie violence.

The Keeping Room

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Never for a moment does Marling, Steinfeld or Otaru let a hint of modernity affect their speech or performance.

[New Today] Brent McKnight @ Cinema Blend

  • Excerpt: The Keeping Room is a unique, enthralling movie from start to finish.

Mississippi Grind

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Andy Crump @ Movie Mezzanine

  • 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.

[New Today] Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff Online, Pajiba

  • Excerpt: Co-writers/co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck lovingly laying out Mississippi Grind with an unhurried hand. The focus here—as Curtis reminds us with crooked smiles and earnest diagloue—is the journey, not the destination.

Stonewall

Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine

  • Excerpt: Getting a bead on Stonewall is nearly impossible.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Comes across as a heartfelt piece of work, but one that’s stilted, cliche-ridden and grossly manipulative.

Wildlike

[New Today] Oktay Kozak @ The Playlist

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

45 Years

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Alleluia

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Black Mass

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

A Brilliant Young Mind

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Cop Car

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Cut

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Danish Girl

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Extinction

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Finders Keepers

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • 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

Freeheld

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Goodnight Mommy

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Grandma

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Hitman: Agent 47

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Irrational Man

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Katti Batti

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Legend

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • 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

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Martian

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Matt Brown @ Twitch
Oktay Kozak @ The Oregon Herald
Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Is there life on Mars?

[New Today] Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff Online, Pajiba

  • Excerpt: Beyond being breathtaking in its visuals, action, tension and performance, The Martian is exhilarating in its portrayal of humanity. It’s an exaltation of humanity and human endeavor that will make you want to stand up and cheer.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Meet the Patels

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Engaging but overlong, and at times more than a mite unsettling.

The New Girlfriend

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Nightmare

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Pawn Sacrifice

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • 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.

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • 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.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: All of this, including the movie’s emphasis on these paranoid beliefs, might be true, but on a dramatic level, that emphasis leads to something more monotonous than insightful.

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • 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

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
[New Today] Mark Harris @ About.com
Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • 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.

[New Today] Brent McKnight @ Cinema Blend
[New Today] Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff Online, Pajiba

  • Excerpt: Cage dutifully delivers ridiculous dialogue, and occasionally bellows and bolts through abandoned warehouses desperate for clues. But much like his haunted onscreen son, Cage seems like he’s sleepwalking. He’s downright boring – and that, sadly, is the biggest shock this thriller delivers.

The Perfect Guy

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Queen and Country

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Return to Sender

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Ricki and the Flash

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Room

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Second Mother

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Self/less

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Sleeping with Other People

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Straight Outta Compton

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Timbuktu

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Tribe

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Transporter Refueled

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Visit

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2015 Films (Coming Soon)

3000 Nights

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Becoming Bulletproof

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

The Closer We Get

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Closet Monster

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Demon

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Divide

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Dressed as a Girl

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

East Side Sushi

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Embrace of the Serpent

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Endgame

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Equals

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Evolution

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Family Fang

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

February

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: February is the second Ottawa film this year to feature an exorcism, but at least this one doesn’t feature Ron Jeremy.

Green Room

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Hellions

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Hellions

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • 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!

High-Rise

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Land of Mine

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

London Road

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Magallanes

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Messenger

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

My Internship in Canada

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: This laugh a minute farce is grand entertainment—and essential viewing before this October’s election.

Neon Bull

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Ones Below

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Right Now, Wrong Then

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Stories of Our Lives

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Summertime

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Un Plus Une

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Urban Hymn

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Witch

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: This truly scary film is a masterwork of horror: Gothic terror has never been more delicious.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.