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: Apr. 17-19, 2015
Wide (United States)
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Limited (United States)
Beyond the Reach
- Excerpt: A nifty little morality play set in the Mojave Desert.
The Dead Lands
- Excerpt: The reality is that The Dead Lands is nothing more than a phony collection of storytelling clichés held under the banner of archetype and lent a modicum of weight by the splendor of the landscape and the detail of the face-paint jobs. Essentially, the Maoris remain unrepresented.
Felix and Meira
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
5 to 7
- Excerpt: …like a marriage between American screwball romantic comedies and the French New Wave
- Excerpt: What makes this little film such a gem? In good part it’s the dry-as-bones wit with which Hausner spins her tale of self-indulgent romanticism.
Boy Meets Girl
Clouds of Sils Maria
- Excerpt: If you read a daily newspaper, you already know more than Desert Dancer
The Duke of Burgundy
The Hand That Feeds
- Excerpt: A rousing documentary and the most hopeful political film of 2015 about the triumph of a small union.
- Excerpt: Secret Garden’ meets ‘Misery,’ anyone? McNaughton’s first film is far too long has much to recommend it, incluing a shriek-worthy performance by Morton. ‘No wire hangers, EVER!’
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
The Human Experiment
- Excerpt: A harrowing look at the irresponsibility of the pharmaceutical industry and its continuing use of unsafe chemicals.
- Excerpt: Though admiring the filmmaker’s innovation and inclination for minimalism, the lack of linearity and narrative structure is to the film’s detriment.
Kill Me Three Times
- Excerpt: It gives me no pleasure to tell you that Simon Pegg’s latest, “Kill Me Three Times,” is terrible. But perhaps it’ll bring you some solace that it’s not really Pegg’s fault.
Lambert & Stamp
- Excerpt: You don’t need to be fan of The Who to enjoy this documentary. It’s universal themes include an analysis of opposites attracting, genius marketing, creative nurturing and the inevitable clashing dynamics of a rock ‘n roll band.
The Last Five Years
The Lazarus Effect
A Little Chaos
- Excerpt: A sumptuously filmed period piece from Alan Rickman (his second film as director after 1997’s The Winter Guest), A Little Chaos might be lightweight in conception, but it’s brought to vivid life through some evocative atmosphere and a pair of sympathetic performances in the lead.
The Longest Ride
Maps to the Stars
Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
- Excerpt: When not taking timeouts for gratuitous sex, Clark’s characters drone on and on about sex. This being the case, whatever the director has to say about life on the Texas border or the treatment of undocumented immigrants feels both inconsequential and disingenuous.
Merchants of Doubt
Run All Night
The Salt of the Earth
The Sisterhood of Night
- Excerpt: While very nicely fashioned, winds up as an oddly prosaic cautionary tale [with] the air of an upscale afterschool special.
- Excerpt: Won’t efface memories of the best caper pictures. Golfgers, however, may well find it a pleasant diversion. At least it shouldn’t tee them off.
- Excerpt: One of my favorite golf movies!
- Excerpt: It’s that bitterness mixed with sensitivity that comes through and makes her personality someone we want to embrace.
Welcome to New York
- Excerpt: Who better to play a world-class letch than Depardieu whose Rebalaisian excesses on and off screen are legendary?
What We Do in the Shadows
While We’re Young
Woman in Gold
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Into the Woods
A Most Violent Year
Out to Kill
- Excerpt: “Out to Kill” is one of many films of modern Queer Cinema that can’t quite seem to put all the pieces together to break out from its narrow demographic attachment.
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
Amar Akbar and Tony
- Excerpt: Hopkins inclination to be artistic and creative, while admirable, does little but ensure this production revels far more in the style, and not quite so much in the substance.
Dying to Know
- Excerpt: Gay Dillingham’s profound, uplifting documentary takes us on a journey to that border no fence can keep us from crossing.
The Little House
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
The New Girlfriend
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends
Sweet Georgia Brown
- Excerpt: What is compelling is the subject matter — the corps of dedicated, patriotic women who served a country that still treated them officially as second-class citizens, discriminated against both by race and by gender.