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: Jul. 11-13, 2014
Wide (United States)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Expanding (United States)
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: …will have you reflecting on your own life, all those moments big and small, many of which represented crossroads you may not have seen at the time.
- Excerpt: Katz’s team-up with Martha Stephens (she made 2012’s Pilgrim Song, which I have not seen), Land Ho!, is full of respectable filmmaking acumen but contains none of the quirk that makes a movie rise above mere time-passing. It’s a pleasant enough experience on the surface but its lack of identity leaves a void into which rushes, whether intentionally or not, some of the more regrettable aspects of its lead characters.
- Excerpt: A charming comical confection and en enticing Islandic travelogue…
Long Way Down
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
22 Jump Street
- Excerpt: D’Souza seems to have a marksman’s gift for shooting himself in the foot.
A Brony Tale
- Excerpt: A breezy, well-made introduction to adults who love My Little Pony
Deliver Us from Evil
The Fault in Our Stars
The Grand Seduction
- Excerpt: Charming comedy, filled with breezy Irish blarney.
- Excerpt: While the characters can be irritating and problematic at times, they are not unrealistic.
- Excerpt: This troubled teenager drama gets its strength from Kat Candler’s solid writing and steady, unobtrusive direction, and especially from its cast. The standout is young Josh Wiggins.
The Hornet’s Nest
- Excerpt: Great live action footage fails to make up for poor narration and organization.
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2
Radio Free Albemuth
- Excerpt: A tale of pink, pro-rock n’ roll aliens beaming hallucinatory political advice to subversives from a satellite orbiting earth, “Radio Free Albemuth” is totally baffling if you don’t know the backstory behind it. It may be even stranger if you do.
- Excerpt: Tedious. dim-witted action thriller – a total waste of time.
River of Fundament
- Excerpt: ambitious, uncompromising art of the highest ordure.
They Came Together
- Excerpt: Those weaned on every Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and Katherine Heigl starrer will surely get a kick out THEY CAME TOGETHER, a spoof of romantic comedies that is just the right kind of so-stupid-it’s-funny and closer to parody than what we’ve been treated to as of late.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Venus in Fur
- Excerpt: fleet, funny and ferocious
- Excerpt: It’s an erotic firecracker of a movie; at once coy and vivacious, fascinating and mysterious.
2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
The Place Beyond the Pines
Reaching for the Moon
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
Before the Winter Chill
- Excerpt: It’s sad to think that French Kristin Scott Thomas films are an endangered species.
- Excerpt: The film forcefully stresses the universality of Gabrielle’s trajectory throughout, right up to the saccharine choral-concert finale—a self-consciously heart-warming cap designed to leave the audience convinced that all is right in the world.
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Diego Salgado @ Dirigido Por [Spanish]