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. 28-30, 2014
Wide (United States)
Horrible Bosses 2
Penguins of Madagascar
Expanding (United States)
The Theory of Everything
Limited (United States)
Antarctica: A Year on Ice
- Excerpt: A stunning look at the beauty and challenges of Earth’s most mysterious continent.
Before I Disappear
- Excerpt: It’s a tale that requires a strong, emotional component to be successful, and its glaring absence only becomes more and more apparent as it shuttles us off into the vacuum of the hopeful ending.
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
- Excerpt: A tight knit and brutally honest essay on familial conflicts and the complications of living a Western dream in an environment of limited possibilities.
Beyond the Lights
Big Hero 6
- Excerpt: Diplomacy’ is the consummate composite work of Schlöndorff, Gély, Arestrup, and Dussollier – a minimalist chamber play about the human side of war.
Dumb and Dumber To
Finding Vivian Maier
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
- Excerpt: Occasionally the creation comes across as a bit of an appropriation. However director Ana Lily Amirpour melds the inspirations in a way that cherishes them while creating something new.
- Excerpt: With no real plot to speak of, ‘Girl’ is a bit of a tease, although the film’s exotic originality is seductive.
Goodbye to Language
- Excerpt: Goodbye to Language is not enough of an incoherent stinker to make me bid adieu to Jean-Luc Godard, even if it does give me serious pause
- Excerpt: Bar-Lev lets his subjects off easy, but that’s partly because they do so much damage to themselves.
Her Name Was Torment
- Excerpt: Dustin Mills combines performance, photography and sound to create a palpable feeling of madness. Insanity wafts from the film like the smell of rot rising from a pile of trash.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
I Am Ali
- Excerpt: Late Phases is a sharp cut above in the lycanthropic sub-genre that will be remembered mainly for Nick Damici’s kick-ass, ultimately poignant turn.
Listen Up, Philip
Monk With a Camera
- Excerpt: The life and work of a Western abbot in a Tibetan monastery in India who serves as a bridge-builder.
- Excerpt: Mahony and Sampson don’t structure the film advantageously, lumping us right away into the dramatic thrust before plateauing into a countdown hinged on its protagonist’s bowel movement.
Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2
- Excerpt: Adorable. So witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky that you will cry tears of joy from the perfection of it.
- Excerpt: Phobia’ – A Freaky But Flawed Little Fright Film
Point and Shoot
- Excerpt: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Selfies
The Taking of Deborah Logan
- Excerpt: The found-footage fad needs to die already, and here’s my first piece of evidence.
2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
- Excerpt: Korean screenwriter-turned-director Hoon-jung Park blends a tale of intra-mob warfare with an undercover cop psychological drama, and the result is an engrossing, tightly plotted thriller.
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
The Ambassador to Bern
- Excerpt: Tense Hungarian thriller.
- Excerpt: ack Strong seems to have outsmarted his American allies in the cinematic spy game: this is one stealthy thriller! – See more at: http://www.cinemablographer.com/2014/11/euff-review-jack-strong.html
Little Black Spiders
- Excerpt: Review from the European Union Film Festival
Menu for Two
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno
Stations of the Cross
- Excerpt: Who knew the Balkans could do mumblecore?
- Excerpt: Screenwriting bromedy that shows Bollywood is not that much different than its American counterpart.
The Yes Men Are Revolting
- Excerpt: Then, again, so are many corporations.
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
Woman in Black: Angel of Death
- Excerpt: Back in black…