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. 6-8, 2015
Wide (United States)
The Peanuts Movie
Limited (United States)
In Jackson Heights
- Excerpt: A fascinating documentary that immerses us in a diverse and lively Queens neighborhood where community activism is alive and well.
Miss You Already
- Excerpt: …isn’t entirely free of genre cliche, but screenwriter Morwenna Banks has created a protagonist whose vanity and selfishness is exacerbated by her cancer diagnosis, a bold move which gives the film an emotional reality.
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
- Excerpt: Why, through everything she experienced and suffered, was Guggenheim “addicted” to art? That should be fertile ground to explore but Vreeland is content to offer simply that it’s because her subject was “lonely.”
- Excerpt: Bryan Cranston delivers a powerhouse performance in this eloquent bio-pic, delineating the most shameful period in Hollywood history.
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Armor of Light
- Excerpt: A conscience stirring documentary about two Christians and their crusade for gun control.
Beasts of No Nation
- Excerpt: For most of us blessed with functional eyesight, that visual sense is a major factor tethering us to our concept of reality. The sudden loss of sight, Norwegian filmmaker Eskil Vogt suggests, can leave a person unmoored.
Bridge of Spies
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead
- Excerpt: There’s a lot of hysterical laughter in the clips and stories on display here, and in the reminiscences of the players. But ultimately, if you were around at all for that Camelot of comedy, this documentary will leave you feeling more reminded than enlightened.
- Excerpt: An alluring drama of love and loss that will bloom in your consciousness and soul.
Frame by Frame
- Excerpt: As befits a documentary on such a subject, Frame by Frame is beautiful to look at. The cinematography (by the directors) exhibits a professional’s understanding of composition.
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
- Excerpt: Since Going Clear opts for sensationalism, it can be too readily rejected as propaganda by Miscavige and his ilk – a calmer, less speculative film would be harder to ignore. It is a riveting watch, but I doubt it will have much of an effect.
- Excerpt: The artistic value is high, but the story is so vague, insular and shadowy that, unless you’re an expatriate Cape Verdean intellectual or a careful follower of director Pedro Costa’s career, there’s not much to latch on to.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
- Excerpt: Filled with genuine thrills, gripping tension and rallying hero moments galore, the trilogy comes to a close in epic fashion, befitting its awesome heroine.
Jem and the Holograms
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
The Last Witch Hunter
The Leisure Class
- Excerpt: A healing and helpful medical documentary with fresh insights on the importance of the patient-physician relationship.
Our Brand Is Crisis
- Excerpt: The film has nothing to say and has chosen a very demanding and exploratory way of saying it. Haneke without the brain, Parabellum finishes up looking quite silly and it gets pretty dull.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
Paul Taylor: Creative Domain
- Excerpt: It will appeal mostly to dance aficionados; for the less passionate, it would be like someone not interested in tennis watching a documentary about Roger Federer doing stretches and calisthenics and drills in preparation for Wimbledon. The genius is apparent, but the process is not for everyone.
The Pearl Button
- Excerpt: Patricio Guzmán, whose latest is a companion piece to his extraordinary last film, “Nostalgia for the Light,” is some kind of cosmic, philosophical, naturalist historian with a keen talent for expressing his deeply humanist, spiritual ideas in cinematic terms.
Rock the Kasbah
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Tales of Halloween
Time Out of Mind
We Come As Friends
- Excerpt: The Sudan is big, unruly, magnificent, chaotic, sometimes beautiful, often painful. This movie is a lot like that too.
Woman in Gold
- Excerpt: Hardy has vision and creativity to spare, as well as an eye for sharp, lush visuals, though you may be too busy quivering under the film’s spell to fully appreciate them.
Z for Zachariah
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
Flesh for the Inferno
Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)
- Excerpt: The real strength of the picture is in the loving relationship between the two brothers, and especially Chutikul’s warm, moving performance as Ek.
Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia
- Excerpt: Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia has the visuals of a museum IMAX film and the heart that was so often missing.
- Excerpt: Peru’s Oscar submission has good intentions, but little drama.
The Notorious Mr. Bout
- Excerpt: He’s far from a kingpin and yet his success altered perception into believing he was. This is the angle I hoped to learn rather than the basic history lesson into his illegal deeds that’s ultimately supplied.
Of Dogs and Men
- Excerpt: Most will find it hard to watch and some may argue that Ozias is being a bit manipulative in his insistence to show the atrocities in their entirety. However, to Ozias’ credit, to spare the viewer of facing the problem and incidents head on, would be a disservice to the cause.
- Excerpt: Paperback and its fearless leader Adam Bowers refuse to succumb to mediocrity. It is a film removed from time, one that is a combination of 70s intellectualism, 90s indie auterism, and the sarcastic search for self that seems appropriate for today.
She’s the Best Thing In It
- Excerpt: She’s an actress who believes in disappearing into her roles, and keeping her own personality out of the spotlight
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Googling “James Ragan” will give you articles about his story. The beautiful and affecting documentary UNTIL 20 lets him tell it to you.