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: Nov. 7-9, 2014
Wide (United States)
Big Hero 6
Limited (United States)
The Theory of Everything
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
21 Years: Richard Linklater
- Excerpt: There’s nothing terribly toxic about the addition of this sort of movie to the cultural surplus; after all, Linklater’s a director who arguably deserves all the good press he can get. But 21 Years fails to apply any critical thought to its subject or the documentary form—the latter being perhaps the cardinal sin.
ABCs of Death 2
All You Need Is Love
Art and Craft
- Excerpt: An object lesson in how to make a good documentary
As Above / So Below
Before I Go to Sleep
- Excerpt: Executive produced by Brad Pitt, “Big Men” opens with a question. It also tells the true story, with impressive access and documentation, about a little Texas company that finds oil in Ghana.
The Book of Life
The Case Against 8
David Upton @ So So Gay
- Excerpt: In the bubble we’re placed in with these heroes, Cotner and White have to be very careful to maintain a sense of perspective and context, simultaneously allowing the audience to identify with this side of the case without losing sight of what it means in the grander scheme of American society.
Dear White People
- Excerpt: A friendly discussion of life and death passes the time as the Allies storm the last Nazi defenses of the City of Lights.
- Excerpt: Sorrowful and sordid, it oozes bizarre homoeroticism and brutal violence.
The Heart Machine
Kelly & Cal
- Excerpt: A simple, honest, deeply satisfying tale of the complex mixed emotions and desires that make up a woman’s life and often exist in secret.
Nas: Time Is Illmatic
- Excerpt: A documentary masterwork by Frederick Wiseman on art, seeing, and reverie at London’s greatest art museum.
The November Man
- Excerpt: In this film, the lid is just beginning to lift from the black hole of domestic violence and its pervasive infiltration into American society – at all socio-economic levels.
Rocks in My Pockets
- Excerpt: The bottom line is that this film is not only a great work of visual and verbal art, but also a remarkably honest portrait of five women and their emotional oppression.
- Excerpt: while the subject is certainly worthy, the film is rather pedestrian.
- Excerpt: Yet the unremarkable nature of the episode itself is what makes Saturday Night so compelling. It feels like we are getting a real look at the process of putting on a weekly variety show, and because the episode feels so typical, it can stand in for the making of the show as a whole.
See No Evil 2
- Excerpt: See No Evil 2 surely does what it sets out to do as a straight-up stalk-and-slash affair within a horror sub-genre not exactly famous for inspired plotting and fully written characters. This is a passable Friday night, but it would be nice to care more.
The Skeleton Twins
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Two Days, One Night
- Excerpt: The Dardennes lose some of their radical documentarism but gain new political relevance.
Winter in the Blood
2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: Sem a pica humorística que se esperava, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” cai depressa numa rotina sem chama.
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
- Excerpt: The film is remarkable, first, for being very well made, very well written and very well performed and, second, for taking a divisive issue and moulding it into a thriller that doesn’t feel exploitative and insensitive.
Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed
- Excerpt: Spain’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film is a nice little ditty about following your dreams.
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
Reaching for the Stars
- Excerpt: “Searching for the Stars” is also about searching for individual freedom. It is the juxtaposition of the individual versus the collective.
REC 4: Apocalypse
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
Slums: Cities of Tomorrow
- Excerpt: An eye-opening experience.
Song of the New Earth
- Excerpt: Kenyon is a self-professed “…neo-pagan, Daoist, Tibetan Buddhist, agnostic, quantum physicist mystic all rolled up into some strange amalgam.” His life story, four-octave vocal range, vibratory presentation and words are worth whatever time and money you have to spare.
Witching and Bitching
- Excerpt: It’s a rambunctious ride that seldom lets up for a breather; it just keeps pressing the petal to the floor, injecting more crazy fuel into its insanity engine.