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. 30-Feb. 1, 2015
Wide (United States)
Black or White
- Excerpt: Visually hysterical, narratively nonsensical time-travel cheapie.
Expanding (United States)
A Most Violent Year
Limited (United States)
Amira & Sam
- Excerpt: The film flirts with fantasy, but that fantasy is laid atop a foundation of realism and experience. Figment or no, it works.
The Devil’s Violinist
- Excerpt: Sissako deflates this tension with laughs for a time, before changing gears again and using the comedy again as contrast to a story that is almost unfathomably disturbing.
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
- Excerpt: It’s tangled, but you never get the sense the knots are worth working out, a suspicion confirmed in the final reveal.
2015 Oscar-Nominated Shorts
The Boy Next Door
The Duke of Burgundy
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Little Death
Monsters: Dark Continent
Out of the Dark
Son of a Gun
- Excerpt: Let’s just say it’s a bizarre, bad ‘Dream.’
- Excerpt: Great songs, a fun story and fascinating animation. One of the most delightful animated musicals I’ve ever seen.
What We Do in the Shadows
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Art and Craft
- Excerpt: A fascinating documentary following a master forger and the expert trying to stop him.
Big Hero 6
Dear White People
Dumb and Dumber To
The Fault in Our Stars
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
- Excerpt: Zvyagintsev builds to a crescendo with the force of an ocean storm…”Leviathan” is a great, literary work of existential despair, as magnificent as its titular creature.
- Excerpt: Zvyagintsev is more concerned with letting his audience settle into the lives of his characters than he is the more conventional happenings of the script outline. He lets us discover who Dmitry is and why he’s visiting Kolia and what Kolia is so angry about matter-of-factly, the way we might were we just casually observing.
- Excerpt: You will be shocked, I am sure, to discover that Big Oil has put its profits before all else (including you).
The Theory of Everything
Two Days, One Night
Venus in Fur
Words and Pictures
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
The 50-Year Argument
- Excerpt: Book lovers rejoice!
- Excerpt: …is Burre giving a ‘performance’ or using [Greene’s] camera as a life-altering confessional? The compelling but not exactly sympathetic portrait is one hell of a risky audition.
City of Gold
- Excerpt: Gold’s culinary commentary is some of the very best cultural criticism found anywhere, as it’s of the sort that not only helps readers to sort through our junk culture to find the gems hidden within, but actually unearths greater meaning about ourselves, our fellow humans and how the fabric of our cultures are woven together as one thanks to the unequivocal joys of eating. With City of Gold, Gabbert has authored a loving celebration of both man and metropolis, the glories of culturally rich cuisine and the kind of critique that inspires a thousand meals.
The Crow’s Egg
The Dark Horse
David Bowie Is
Dolly Ki Doli
Duel at the Mound
The End of the Tour
- Excerpt: an honorable depiction of a beautiful mind unfettered by the trappings of a generic biopic.
- Excerpt: a cold, clinical portrait of a man whose own familial background informed his timely social experiment
The Forbidden Room
- Excerpt: majestic culmination of Maddin’s prowess in silent cinema tropes, a delirious, maddening rabbit hole of rippling nightmares that somehow, inextricably, fashion themselves into a cohesive narrative made up of cascading tangents
Grace of Monaco
Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: O filme é sobre uma actriz e para uma actriz, ninguém mais podia ser visto, ninguém mais podia ficar com os louros da vitória naquela fria guerra.
Labyrinth of Lies
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [[Spanish]]
Man from Reno
Once My Mother
The Royal Road
- Excerpt: Though she takes Kushner’s sound advice that looking to the future is more productive than ruminating on the past, Olson can not help herself. In shooting landscapes, she documents them in time and space, creating a version of them that becomes portable and personal and wistfully reflective of a time that only moves further away. With heartbreaking candor and rigidly honed research that melds personal, cinematic and national history into one contemplative critique, The Royal Road attempts to memorialize these locales while unpacking the aberrant psychology of a filmmaker whose romantic pursuits are haunted by history before they even begin.
The Russian Woodpecker
- Excerpt: Vibrating with a reckless creative urgency, The Russian Woodpecker is a call for political integrity lost long ago, attempting to drill through invalid indoctrinations through sheer will and sobering truth. The world could use more brave souls like these, using research and authenticity as a weapon for political progress.
Shaun the Sheep Movie
- Excerpt: Aardman Studios return to the big screen in cracking form with another rip-roaring roller coaster of action, smart humour and lovable characters. Shaun The Sheep Movie promises to delight fans of all ages, and long-time aficionados of the studio’s signature claymation style can rest assured they have not lost their magic touch.
The Summer of Sangaile
- Excerpt: But beat by strained beat, there’s nothing innovative or subtle in this adolescent’s journey to spreading her wings and, literally, flying high.
- Excerpt: a glorious poem that never shies away from harsh realities even as it celebrates the vibrant dreams, desires, and lives existing within in a city stereotyped for its apathy and sterility as concerns human connection.