Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).
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 30-Jun. 1, 2014
Wide (United States)
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Limited (United States)
[New Today] Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
- Excerpt: ultimately a forgettable film
The Grand Seduction
- Excerpt: Just as good as the original, eh?
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Cold in July
Edge of Tomorrow
José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Estruendoso vehículo anual de lucimiento de Tom Cruise que propone un buen aspecto visual, claro, pero que se asienta sobre uno de los argumentos más endebles de los últimos años. Casi doscientos millones de presupuesto, sí señor.
[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
- Excerpt: A witty, clever, character-driven bit of science fiction wonderfulness, full of suspense, surprise, tension, and an unexpected poignancy.
- Excerpt: It’s a testament to the film’s balance of slickly executed action, engaging cast and moments of welcome humour that even the many logical inconsistencies can’t derail the enjoyment of it.
- Excerpt: Welcome to the world of tomorrow…
The Fault in Our Stars
[New Today] Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
Gebo and the Shadow
- Excerpt: By the time its sudden conclusion hits you with the sort of multivalent power that we’ve come to expect from Oliveira’s seemingly offhand endings, the film’s questions are evident.
Heaven Is for Real
[New Today] Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
- Excerpt: In stripping IDA down to cinema’s simplest genre elements, Pawlikowski trains our eye with a laser focus on Anna/Ida herself, a study of stillness and repression who essentially stands in for the Poland depicted onscreen.
- Excerpt: Slow-paced and sinister, it’s a strangely unpredictable period piece that penetrates the soft underbelly illusion of the American experience.
- Excerpt: UK helmer Lovering tightens the screws the old-fashioned way, through atmospher and suggestion … (It) possesses a bleakly funny Pinter-esque quality.
- Excerpt: “Losing LeBron” is an effective documentary about the devastation the plagued the citizens of Cleveland, Ohio when it’s favorite son decided to abandon The Caveliers and join up with the Miami Heat through free agency. But it’s really about the psychology of a city that really never seemed to have a sense of pride even before LeBron became its hero.
- Excerpt: ‘Mirage Men’ tells a story about paranoid UFO conspiracy theorists and the various ways the US government made them that way.
[New Today] Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
Walk of Shame
Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
X-Men: Days of Future Past
2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
Gangster of Love
Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
Diego Salgado @ Diagonal [Spanish]
Standing Aside, Watching
- Excerpt: ‘Standing Aside, Watching’ is a slow-burn Greek thriller that is especially important in the light of recent events.
- Excerpt: It may not be Clint Eastwood, but the ‘Unforgiven’ remake stands on its own merits.
- Excerpt: If you don’t know what you’re getting into by buying a ticket to a ‘Zombeavers,’ you deserve to have your mind blown.