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: September 5-7, 2014
Wide (United States)
- Excerpt: A shoo-in for a spot on any worst movies of 2014 list, this poorly constructed slice of propaganda, courtesy of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), is so unintentionally campy you can’t help but laugh.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
- Excerpt: The basic premise is actually fairly interesting. Unfortunately, it’s been poorly worked out and clumsily executed.
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: Nicholas Tse proves he is better-suited to tough guy roles than romantic leads, but his inert performance here opposite Gao Yuanyuan is far from the only problem with Snow Zou’s shockingly cliched and unaware tragi-romance.
God Help the Girl
- Excerpt: dull exercise of endless emotional exposition which desperately wants to infuse the musical sensibilities of Jacques Demy into the drab kitchen sink melodrama of teen angst in Glasgow.
- Excerpt: in a modern world where ancient covens still exist, one would wish that the supernatural world would be a bit more progressive—this virgin motif seems incredibly dated, even though Brougher is trying to make this an allegory about modern female adolescence, –
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
- Excerpt: An extremely silly attempt at a young adult thriller that winds up laughable rather than scary.
Rocks in My Pockets
- Excerpt: A wild and weird animated feature about a Latvian grandmother who passes on her depression to others in the family circle.
- Excerpt: Challenging and provocative, co-writer/director David Wnendt’s nervy adaptation of Charlotte Roche’s presumably unfilmable popular novel, breaks new cinematic ground.
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
As Above / So Below
Bicycling with Molière
- Excerpt: A smart and insightful human drama, it builds its narrative on two aging actors bickering over a possible production of Moliere’s The Misanthrope. Fabrice Luchini and Lambert Wilson are superb in the main roles, creating complex characters who are always interesting to watch because they have plenty of interesting things to say.
- Excerpt: Canopy is a movie rich of its own world, an 80-minute work of filmmaking that rises above mere war or survival films and becomes something unique.
- Excerpt: Intriguing story about what it would be like to live in a post-avatar world.
The Grand Seduction
Guardians of the Galaxy
- Excerpt: Adam Wingard pays homage to the horror genre, by adhering to the distinct conventionalities with a tongue firmly in his cheek.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Into the Storm
Jamie Marks Is Dead
- Excerpt: A somber, harshly grim supernatural twist on the coming-of-age tale, “Jamie Marks Is Dead” is never as fully realized as desired, but there is something about it that stirs in the mind.
Life After Beth
Life of Crime
Magic in the Moonlight
A Master Builder
- Excerpt: It’s a remarkable adaptation, Henrik Ibsen by way of Bob Fosse, a little “All That Jazz” influence in this permutation featuring modern dress and period manners and language, fitted out by a note perfect ensemble.
- Excerpt: Tim Sutton’s gorgeously shot nomadic mood piece about a temperamental musician searching Memphis for God, inspiration, or both will bore most audiences but hypnotize a few looking for that magical symbiosis of Jim Jarmusch’s blank poetry and David Gordon Green’s early Southern Gothic.
The November Man
- Excerpt: A great deal of…
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
They Came Together
To Be Takei
- Excerpt: For those who only know Takei as Sulu, the documentary To Be Takei comes as sort of a cold water treatment. It is a history lesson, the fascinating story of a man who fought a personal battle on three fronts, as an Asian, as an actor, and as an activist for gay rights.
The Trip to Italy
2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
I Am Divine
- Excerpt: The reverential interviews and clips meet, but don’t exceed, your expectations for a documentary about Divine
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
- Excerpt: Rich in whimsicality – at times, a little overbearingly so – there is still a charm to this piece, and it’s grounded effectively by its moving narrative.
Casualties of the State
- Excerpt: If someone were in a position of potential, let’s say in the FBI, and had incontrovertible evidence of a blasphemous misuse of public funds, constitutional policy and military resources by select Cheney-like politicos, what would be the right thing to do?
L’enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Three bad things coincide and our protagonist has to find a way to move on. Though everyone has crises, it’s how they are survived that makes lives meaningful.
I Believe in Unicorns
- Excerpt: Many girls, blinded by love, lust and excitement, will let themselves be buried. In martyrdom women throughout time have accepted the pecking order, stayed with their man to “help” him, and swallowed their humiliation. But Davinia sees herself as smart – and what does “smart” do?
Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering
- Excerpt: Portrait of a thoughtful, articulate, and courageous whistle-blower.
- Excerpt: “Second Opinion,” a documentary about cancer research and laetrile at Sloan-Kettering, shows what happened when one person, Ralph Moss, lifted up the pharmaceutical rock and was honest about what he saw.
Song of the New Earth
- Excerpt: The foundation of Kenyon’s work is that “music and sound are both the language and architecture of the cosmos” and his message is about healing and survival.