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: Jan. 8-10, 2016
Wide (United States)
Expanding (United States)
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: If you look too close, you’ll see a mess of ideas and themes, random connections, and jagged edges, but if you step back, these splotches form a pleasing enough picture.
2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
90 Minutes in Heaven
- Excerpt: So deeply terrible that it will make you question the existence of God. The dialogue is the least natural I’ve ever seen in a film not made by Ed Wood.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
The Big Short
The Boy and the Beast
- Excerpt: In the years since Hayao Mayazaki announced his retirement as the de facto king of Japanese animation, many have pointed to Mamoru Hasoda to take up the mantle. With films like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars and Wolf Children, Hasoda has developed a winning blend of escapism, charm and thoughtful narrative insight to back up his claim.
Bridge of Spies
By the Sea
The Danish Girl
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Do You Believe?
- Excerpt: Crash, but Jesus-y. Scoffers and doubters will get their smackdown, but even believers should be skeptical at how this ridiculous roundrobin plays out.
The End of the Tour
Every Thing Will Be Fine
- Excerpt: Story-less tale of depression isn’t helped by 3D cinematography
The Good Dinosaur
The Hateful Eight
Hell and Back
- Excerpt: Yes it’s a labor of warped love that lives up to its creators’ aesthetic and will probably turn a profit on VOD thanks to Adult Swim’s demographic waiting with open arms, but it isn’t good. It’s sadly a waste of some very remarkable resources.
Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party
- Excerpt: …a wholly emphatic, beautifully contained drama about Christianity and sexuality that doesn’t fall into easy moralizing or obvious stereotypes.
Ip Man 3
- Excerpt: Donnie Yen and director Wilson Yip reunite for a third round of wing chun-related action, this time detailing the grandmaster Ip Man’s clash with a corrupt American property tycoon played by Mike Tyson, alongside a title challenge from a rival master (Max Zhang Jin). Veering away from the series’ breast-beating jingoism, Ip Man 3 trades the crowd-pleasing intensity of its predecessors for a more introspective portrait of its central character.
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
Love the Coopers
Magic Mike XXL
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
- Excerpt: For a film about the process of losing a loved one, Mia Madre (My Mother), the latest from writer-director Nanni Moretti, has a deceptively light touch.
- Excerpt: Family, business, and survival are grand themes in dire need of context.
Queen of Earth
Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
- Excerpt: Non basta infatti il twist finale a salvare Regression: le buone intenzioni di Amenabar naufragano in un mare di cattiva recitazione e cattivo gusto.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Excerpt: Slick production values cannot overcome a preachy script full of strained metaphors delivered by wooden actors. Like a corporate promo video for God.
2016 Films (Coming Soon)
Call Me Marianna
- Excerpt: A second timeline adds a lot of depth to the story of a Polish transgendered woman
João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: Polish war movie has tense scenes punctuated with war-movie clichÃ©s
Memories and Confessions
- Excerpt: In cross-cultural relationships, families and friends can let their own prejudices get in the way of romantic endeavours. Spanish Affair pits the Andalusians against the Basques when Rafa (Dani Rovira), a stand-up comic from Seville, falls for feisty country girl Amaia (Clara Lago). Venturing into Basque country for the very first time, Rafa must keep up the charade that he is a local, rather than a vile city dweller, especially in front of Amaia’s fiercely traditional father (Karra Elejalde).
Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents
- Excerpt: Music documentary offers exposure to The Residents, but it’s mostly for fans