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. 6-8, 2015
Wide (United States)
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Limited (United States)
Merchants of Doubt
- Excerpt: Kenner scores by securing candid interviews with a handful of the already small number of people who did this kind of work. They’re so confidently unrepentant, it’s almost easy to start liking them until Kenner reminds you of the impact of their lies.
- Excerpt: The blatancy with which industries and lobbyists lie to the public…is enraging, of course, but Kenner’s pretty much negated the point of his own work here.
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
- Excerpt: Compelling in its uncomfortableness, this indie dark comedy just works.
Digging Up the Marrow
- Excerpt: Digging Up the Marrow is a surprisingly gore-free but not tension-free funhouse trip for genre loyalists and those who go aaahh! at the sight of a real monster.
José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Alex Garland debuta como director con una propuesta que recauchuta con elegancia campos y temáticas largamente exprimidos por la ciencia-ficción universal. Delicada, limpia, atrevida y turbadora a ratos, se atasca un poco en sus giros, pero es una propuesta notable y hermosa.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
- Excerpt: Wait. Really? Horror movies are still doing the punishing-girls-for-having-sex thing? Ah, but this is 80s retro, so it’s “okay,” then.
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
- Excerpt: The film starts off well enough, even as we struggle to determine just who is who and how they are related, but once the crime has been committed, the only real pleasure to be found is in Hopkins engaging in psychological warfare.
- Excerpt: This foreseeable crime drama falls flat – yet it does pose this thought: “There are two ways a man can be rich in this world: you can have money you you can have friends. But you cannot have both.”
- Excerpt: Without committing to any particular narrative focus, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken devolves into something like an interminable newscast of the actual events, intercutting perfunctorily between the clumsily scheming captors, their confused loved ones back home, and the increasingly delirious prisoners.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Lazarus Effect
Maps to the Stars
Out of the Dark
Playing It Cool
- Excerpt: ‘Playing it Cool’ is an ambitious rom com starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan about a commitment-phobic bachelor who finally finds his ideal match only to learn she’s the one that’s hard to get.
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
Two Men in Town
- Excerpt: Bouchareb’s tapestry of everyday life in this Southwest community is egalitarian and liberal in the manner of John Sayles. Both filmmakers are interested in the under-explored lives of those on the common fringe.
The Wedding Ringer
What We Do in the Shadows
- Excerpt: For suckers of whodunits where a would-be detective dresses in a Columbo trench coat, sunglasses and a floppy hat, and ducks behind trees when trailing the suspect, “Wild Canaries” is entirely inconsequential but utterly likable.
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
- Excerpt: This ozploitation flick is balls-out, cuckoo-bananas, unwholesome fun, a confident feature debut that’s also inventive and creatively resourceful in its carnage and overall filmmaking.
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Beyond the Lights
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
Song of the Sea
The Theory of Everything
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
- Excerpt: A well-acted French film about the seventh sense of heart intelligence
- Excerpt: An exploration of the ethical disarray in the lives of an unemployed father and his 11-year old son who dreams of making it to the big time as a tennis pro
Big News from Grand Rock
- Excerpt: ‘Big News from Grand Rock’ is a low-key comedy about a newspaper reporter who tries to save his paper with fake stories only to discover one of them may have been closer to the truth than he thought.
- Excerpt: An exploration of the astonishing emotional dynamite of adolescent friendship
- Excerpt: The Roman Empire takes on China’s mighty Han Dynasty in Daniel Lee’s latest period action adventure, as Jackie Chan’s Silk Road guard and John Cusack’s renegade centurion form an unlikely partnership against Adrien Brody’s despicable Roman general.
Eat Your Bones
- Excerpt: A rough and grim portrait of a band of gypsies in northern France
Fidelio, Alice’s Odyssey
- Excerpt: The sexual and vocational adventures of a globe-trotting seawoman
- Excerpt: French film about two adventuresome youth who go into training for the end of the world
Gaby Baby Doll
- Excerpt: A French film about two lonely and sad people who are brought together by the antics of a frisky dog
- Excerpt: Ghoul is so close in conception to Blair Witch – and so woefully outdated – that I cannot imagine who it will appeal to. In a market over-saturated with this kind of product, it brings nothing new to the table.
- Excerpt: A thought-provoking film with heart about the developing friendship between two interns at a Paris hospital
In the Name of My Daughter
- Excerpt: A French thriller revolving around the theme of betrayal by those you trust
May Allah Bless France!
- Excerpt: A gritty memoir of a talented young black man who struggles to free himself from a world of crime
- Excerpt: French film about a middle-aged woman struggling with all the changes in her life
- Excerpt: An engaging, if at times overly contrived, look at the immigrant experience in 2010s Paris from the directors of ‘Intouchables’.
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
Take it Back and Start all Over
That Guy Dick Miller
The Valley Below
- Excerpt: Maybe if Alice Munro and Raymond Carver got all liquored up and listened to the CBC, they might conceive something like this.