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: Aug. 7-9, 2015
Wide (United States)
Ricki and the Flash
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: Jon Watts’ Cop Car aims to be a lean action thriller with a dark blend of humor and violence and a delightfully villainous role for Kevin Bacon. In execution, it does all those things but it only does them halfway.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
- Excerpt: The Diary of a Teenage Girl does one of the things that movies, and art in general, do only when they’re at their best. It makes us see the world entirely from another person’s point of view.
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
- Excerpt: That The Prophet may encourage habit-based viewers to broaden their tastes even a little bit after watching the film more than makes up for the occasional kinks in its overall narrative design.
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Age of Adaline
Best of Enemies
The End of the Tour
- Excerpt: The film doesn’t simply give us the content of these conversations, which are fascinating enough on their own merits. It offers up context for and within those discussions…
- Excerpt: Not necessarily a journey, but a fluid conversation about…well, just about everything. Remember the best talk you ever had? Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg will make it seem as if you were chatting about the weather.
- Excerpt: An expertly made, distinctly Austrian horror film in the vein of Haneke’s ‘Funny Games’.
- Excerpt: Plays like the world’s longest special effects demo reel.
- Excerpt: Other than the suspect ending, Hippocrates functions well enough showcasing a health care system barely treading water and perhaps even as a warning to the audience: do not get sick lest you end up in the caring and supportive arms of a labyrinthine bureaucracy and its semi-functioning, thousand-yard stare medical staff.
A LEGO Brickumentary
- Excerpt: A 90-minute, family-friendly infomercial…
Listen to Me Marlon
- Excerpt: Like Kapadia’s “Amy,” “Listen To Me Marlon” restores the subject’s actual persona from the dinged and dented media creation in his own words.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
The Phoenix Project
- Excerpt: [I]t might have benefited from a little more of an emotional outlook on the way of things beyond its shoulder-shrugging attitude…
The Stanford Prison Experiment
- Excerpt: Intense and provocative, as role-playing goes horribly awry.
- Excerpt: I can’t say I enjoyed The Stanford Prison Experiment, but I did respect the craft that when into making it.
- Excerpt: Ringo Lam’s first feature in 12 years sees the Hong Kong director return to familiar territory, as a former cop and his tearaway younger brother take on a violent gang of Taiwanese thugs after their paths cross that of a beautiful mainland woman. Since the 2003 Jean Claude Van Damme actioner In Hell, Lam has been all but absent from the filmmaking scene, with only a segment in 2007’s Triangle to his name in the interim. Wild City, which Lam also wrote, sees the helmer of City On Fire and Full Contact return to the bullet strewn streets of Hong Kong in typically assured fashion.
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
- Excerpt: The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet isn’t a perfect film, and it doesn’t really burrow into the grieving process the way another thoroughly humane family film, Tiger Eyes (2013), does but it is a visually stunning, entertaining film loaded with sight gags and some genuine adventure.
- Excerpt: A typical Jeunet film, which means that it’s amazingly accomplished from a technical point of view but synthetic and emotionally remote…a truly personal effort that has to be taken on its own terms or not at all.
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
José M. Robado @ CineCrítico [Spanish]
Ek Paheli Leela
Get Well Soon
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
- Excerpt: In Slávek Horák’s Domácí péce, middle-aged nurse Vlasta (Alena Mihulová) is told she has half a year to live. Doctors can’t do anything to cure her cancer or even prolong her life, and offer her only painkillers to help her deal with the pain.
Monk Comes Down the Mountain
- Excerpt: Packed with action and steeped in tradition, Chen Kaige’s return to the wuxia genre is an exhilarating drama, as concerned with the philosophy behind martial arts as with their lethal execution. Wang Baoqiang embraces a rare starring role as the titular monk sent on a journey of self-discovery, whose travels see him cross paths with the likes of Aaron Kwok, Chang Chen, Lin Chiling and Yuen Wah.
- Excerpt: Former Dreamworks animator Raman Hui has scored a major commercial success on his return to Hong Kong with Monster Hunt, a polished fantasy adventure that blends broad comedy with period hijinks alongside first rate CG character work. Hui’s film broke China’s single-day record when it opened on July 16 and stormed past the RMB1 billion ($162.2 million) mark in just 8 days. But its uneven tone and wayward plotting could prove a bar to similar levels of success in international markets, despite its family-friendly tale of a baby monster being smuggled across medieval China.