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 23-25, 2014
Wide (United States)
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Expanding (United States)
Limited (United States)
Cold in July
- Excerpt: The film isn’t wholly satisfying, raising questions it never answers, but the film boasts fine performances from Hall and especially Johnson, who’s turning into a character actor of note.
The Dance of Reality
- Excerpt: Indulgent, Felliniesque, funny, sad, philosophical, political, religious and some might even say incestuous, Jodorowsky’s latest features the filmmaker as the compassionate guardian of his 8 year-old self
Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia
- Excerpt: A hugely entertaining biography of one of the great observers of the American century whose witty, bitter obstinance is essential in highlighting how far the U.S. has gone off the rails since WWII.
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Big Bad Wolves
Edge of Tomorrow
- Excerpt: Tom Cruise is on fine form in the high concept sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, playing a military spin doctor in a war torn near-future, who is caught in a time loop, re-living the same day of mass carnage over and over until the invading alien horde can be defeated.
The Fault in Our Stars
- Excerpt: This adaptation may not be all that different than effective screen tearjerkers of the past, but in staying true to its source material, its infinity is bound to be a little bigger than most.
- Excerpt: Frank has nothing interesting in it and it isn’t as funny or as emotionally involving as it might think it is – assuming any thought went into it whatsoever. Taken as a whole, it is just gibberish, unfocused and annoying.
- Excerpt: The film’s last shot is full of irony, a naturally composed split screen of hope and despair. “The Immigrant” is like an antique photograph come to life with ghosts of the past.
- Excerpt: It is a film of empathy and understanding, but also one that is refreshingly female in its focus, if not genuinely feminist, and a significant contribution to world cinema.
Million Dollar Arm
A Night in Old Mexico
- Excerpt: Increíble y aburrida.
Only Lovers Left Alive
Wolf Creek 2
2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
100 Bloody Acres
12 Years a Slave
The Book Thief
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Wind Rises
Wish You Were Here
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
- Excerpt: Ne samo dobar, nego i temom prilicno aktualan film
- Excerpt: It wouldn’t be surprising to discover that [Angelina] Jolie’s association with this Ethiopian drama was partially out of a desire to encourage more female roles such as the kind she typically plays herself – strong, smart and unafraid to kick some ass.
- Excerpt: If “Pine Hill” was about a man looking for his place in the world onscreen and off, Keith Miller’s second feature “Five Star” has more confidence in telling the story of a man who lets the world come to him.
- Excerpt: Any discussion of Hany, the new movie from debut director Michal Samir and produced by 20-year-old enfant terrible Matej Chlupácek (Bez Doteku) will focus on one particular aspect: the film, which follows a diverse group of youths over the course of a single night, was shot in one long, virtuoso single take that comprises the length of the film.
- Excerpt: Nice coming of age tale.
The Love Punch
- Excerpt: Adventurously sweet ‘n’ silly, it’s light-hearted, feel-good fun that’s geared to amuse middle-aged audiences.
- Excerpt: We’re unlikely to see politicians like Václav Havel and Olga Havlová any time soon (at least, in this country), and we’re unlikely to see them portrayed in such a revealing, matter-of-fact manner. Olga is not a definitive biography of the former First Lady, but – like Obcan Havel – it manages to paint an intimate picture of its subject with a fitting warmth and humanity.
- Excerpt: The third instalment of the successful Hong Kong surveillance/financial thriller franchise again employs the same big-name cast, but in entirely new roles. This time around writer-directors Alan Mak and Felix Chong target the controversial property syndicates of Hong Kong’s New Territories, but a relatively straightforward premise becomes increasingly convoluted in a web of deception and greed that too often mistakes confusion for genuine intrigue.
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Sunshine on Leith
Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
- Excerpt: Granted, the film’s title is taken from Savage’s book, but for a documentary which concludes that the teenager is all about the future, it spends too much of its time covering WWII. “Teenage” is a niche historical document.
- Excerpt: What director Orlando Von Einsiedel and crew have created here will stand the test of time.