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: Mar. 14-16, 2014
Wide (United States)
Need for Speed
Limited (United States)
U Want Me 2 Kill Him?
- Excerpt: Director Andrew Douglas’s cyberspace teen crime caper Uwantme2KILLhim? is refreshingly imaginative and quite compelling in its suspenseful skin…a twisted treat of teen torment and acceptance.
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
300: Rise of an Empire
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
- Excerpt: Might not offer new insights into a terrible conflict, but depicts the human cost on the ground with often startling power.
Better Living Through Chemistry
- Excerpt: Featherweight, subtly idosyncratic black comedy, most memorable for its clever, slightly raunchy one-liners.
The Face of Love
- Excerpt: in the Barbara Bel Geddes role, Robin Williams is more a creepy neighbor than wanna-be-more-than-platonic friend, as if he hasn’t shaken one of his serial killer roles.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Island of St. Matthews
- Excerpt: It would be misguided and insensitive to disparage this more-than-noble exercise. It’s equally debatable, however, to suggest that its good-natured ambitions and unconventional form alone constitute a cinematic success.
The Monuments Men
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Muppets Most Wanted
Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2
Only Lovers Left Alive
The Railway Man
- Excerpt: With echoes of Bridge on the River Kwai and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, the WWII POW scenes are easily the most effective aspect of The Railway Man.
Son of God
2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
- Excerpt: Clancy Brown leads the multi-denominational dirty half-dozen, a band of badass kamikaze exorcists who behave more like a motorcycle gang than ordained priests. Even their name sounds like a gang: The Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints.
People of a Feather
- Excerpt: Canadian doc features some outstanding underwater cinematography
Post Tenebras Lux
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
- Excerpt: A creative, daring, and enlightening documentary about the twists and turns taken by youth who during the last century sought to find their place in a confusing and war-despoiled world.
The Wind Rises
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
- Excerpt: Gabriel Arcand gives a performance of subtle power.
The Autobiography of Karl Krogstad
- Excerpt: For those not yet exposed to Krogstad’s more than 60 films since the 1960s, this autobiography is a great introduction to Seattle’s most creative filmmaker and artist.
The Cold Lands
- Excerpt: A likeable drama about an eleven-year old who survives living on his own in the forest but finds it more difficult to get by when he returns to civilization.
- Excerpt: Romanian comedy is a quirky delight.
- Excerpt: Capitalising on a spirited central performance from Japanese actress Asami as the eponymous heroine, Mitsutake Kurando’s blood-soaked US-based crime thriller rises above its budgetary limitations in suitably sleazy style.
Diego Salgado @ Fandigital [Spanish]
David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
- Excerpt: Frank Pavich’s documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, early on gives some background on the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky before moving on to a film that the man did not make. Perhaps this film is as much a passion project as its subject but it ultimately amounts almost to nothing more than a piece of fluffy fandom.
Remote Area Medical
- Excerpt: “RAM” shows us a forgotten America where the invisible live in a culture without hope or access to basic care.
La Selva Tranquila
Under the Starry Sky
- Excerpt: Senegalese drama is a touching story about migration and globalisation