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: May 16-18, 2014
Wide (United States)
Million Dollar Arm
Limited (United States)
Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
- Excerpt: An enlightening Danish documentary about one of the world’s most famous and creative human rights activists.
- Excerpt: A delightful French film about a writer, his many female friends and lovers, his adventures in Manhattan, and his yen for being a good father.
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
3 Days to Kill
All Cheerleaders Die
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Excerpt: A touching and humorous Canadian documentary about teenage mentors who teach a group of elders how to use computers and the Internet.
- Excerpt: It’s a treat to watch Colin Firth demonstrate perfect comic timing and a knack for slapstick comedy in this amusing remake of the 1966 film.
The German Doctor
- Excerpt: John Slattery’s feature directing debut is an agreeably gritty and illusion-free dark comedy about low-rent hoods and working-class grief based on a clutch of resonant performances, particularly Philip Seymour Hoffman and Richard Jenkins.
- Excerpt: There’s plenty to like about this movie – an excellent cast, a gritty sense of place, a handful of memorable scenes; but it muddles along, trying this and then that, and it’s not until deep into the movie that it decides that what it really wants to be is a dark comedy.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
- Excerpt: Pawlikowski examines life, the role of religious commitment and choices. What corrupts life? What corrupts people? Are there ways to escape our own corrupt nature?
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie
- Excerpt: It may have been quite clever and hilarious a dozen or more years ago when it was conceived, written by a guy in his late 20s bucking the Hollywood system. Unfortunately, this just isn’t a movie that works in 2014.
Justin Bieber’s Believe
Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
The Legend of Hercules
Like Father, Like Son
Moms’ Night Out
- Excerpt: “Moms’ Night Out” is the kind of movie you can take your mother to without worrying that she’ll get offended, and you can still have a good time with it.
- Excerpt: …tedious and unimaginative. Moms’ Night Out is meant to be innocuous and filled with breezy moralistic zip but the flat shenanigans feel outrageously strained in this toothless suburban working-mommy romp.
- Excerpt: here are no laughs in Moms’ Night Out. None. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Bupkis. Maybe there’s a smile, but that’s not exactly high praise. When you can say that about a comedy, it pretty much empties out the entire picture. Here’s a movie in which the only comic highpoint is a shout-out to Pinterest – it does them no favors.
The Monuments Men
Muppets Most Wanted
Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2
Only Lovers Left Alive
- Excerpt: For a first feature and for a film, period, “Palo Alto” is strong stuff. It doesn’t have a big, thinly veiled statement to make, but it’s poignant, beautifully crafted, and keenly aware of what makes a teenager tick.
- Excerpt: A living nightmare mounted with simmering, suffocating tension and stomach-dropping intensity, “The Sacrament” would make a chilling double feature with Kevin Smith’s “Red State.” It is minimalist, all-too-real terror that pulls no punches in its visceral response.
Son of Batman
That Awkward Moment
Under the Skin
2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Saving Mr. Banks
The Wind Rises
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
- Excerpt: Distance—real or perceived—as the key to it all
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In Your Eyes
- Excerpt: Despite the concept being moderately interesting, poor and straightforward execution renders the film mostly ineffective.
Jimi: All Is by My Side
- Excerpt: Writer/Director Ridley, scriptwriter for “12 Years as a Slave,” captures Benjamin’s uncanny channeling in the months preceding Hendrix’s June 18, 1967, break-through performance at the Monterey Pop Festival.
The Zero Theorem
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