New movie reviews: Critics' picks

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Love Is Strange

  • Rated as: 5/5

New York-based filmmaker Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On) creates a special kind of urbanity: softer and more inclusive than Woody Allen's, openly gay but family-focused, alive to the city's tensions and lulls. His latest movie also features a Chopin piano score, adding an exquisite sense of

  1. Sun Sep 21 - Thu Sep 25

The Trip to Italy

  • Rated as: 4/5

“Second-album syndrome” is how costar Steve Coogan, in a meta moment of self-critique, describes his impending food tour with also-slightly-fictionalized Rob Brydon in director Michael Winterbottom’s sequel to 2010’s The Trip (which existed as both a film and a BBC series). This time, the

  1. Sun Sep 21 - Thu Sep 25

Boyhood

  • Rated as: 5/5

Looking at it one way, Boyhood represents a spectacularly cheap way of saving on actors’ salaries: To capture his rambling yet absorbing Texas family drama, director Richard Linklater (Bernie, Before Midnight) received agreements from several performers—including his eight-year-old daughter,

  1. Sun Sep 21 - Thu Sep 25

Magic in the Moonlight

  • Rated as: 4/5

The more things change, the more Woody Allen stays the same: It’s a comfort that this singular artist’s worldview remains so staunchly his own—often archaically against fashion—and that nothing seems to halt his movie-a-year pace. (This, after a year in which he found widespread critical

  1. Sun Sep 21 - Wed Sep 24

The Guest

  • Rated as: 4/5

One suspects obsessive fans of actor Dan Stevens’s ill-fated Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey would be content to see him play nothing but rakish, tweed-waistcoated aristocrats until the end of his days. For the rest of us, the genuinely surprising new side he shows in Adam Wingard’s sharp

  1. Sun Sep 21 - Thu Sep 25

Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Rated as: 4/5

To misquote Forrest Gump’s mother, Guardians of the Galaxy is like a box of chocolates. Or rather, it’s like a vast, family-size crate of chocolates, all wrapped in the shiniest packaging and exploding with sweetness and surprises. Maybe there are a couple of flavors you don’t care for, and

  1. Sun Sep 21 - Thu Sep 25

Calvary

  • Rated as: 4/5

What do you tell a priest whom you plan to shoot point-blank between the eyes? “Say your prayers,” of course. John Michael McDonagh’s follow-up to 2011’s The Guard is a wickedly funny and Tarantino-esque black comedy—all fatalism and gallows humor but with a beating heart and an inquiring

  1. Sun Sep 21 - Thu Sep 25

Get on Up

  • Rated as: 4/5

A grand piece of magic happens with Chadwick Boseman’s utter inhabitation of the role of James Brown—himself an artist who gave a lifelong performance—and still, the mysterious man behind the legend comes through with uncommon, heart-stopping electricity. It’s not just that Boseman has the

  1. Sun Sep 21 - Thu Sep 25

Chef

  • Rated as: 4/5

Carl Casper (writer-director Jon Favreau) is stuck in a chocolate-lava-cake rut. Ten years into his plum post at a high-end L.A. eatery, the onetime Miami food wunderkind has taken to passionless, crowd-baiting cooking, hamstrung by his seat-filling restaurateur boss (Dustin Hoffman). When that

  1. Sun Sep 21 - Thu Sep 25

The Fault in Our Stars

  • Rated as: 4/5

Far from the shameless emotional pummeling it might have been, this adaptation of John Green’s cherished YA cancer drama finds a conduit to earned, understated tears—a tricky accomplishment given the material. The film’s linchpin is young Shailene Woodley (already the savior of several iffy

  1. Sun Sep 21 - Thu Sep 25

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • Rated as: 4/5

Let’s face it, high-minded ideas are all well and good, but can they compete with a chimp on horseback firing an Uzi? Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) was as thoughtful as modern sci-fi gets, ditching the 1960s-born franchise’s gritty dystopian roots for a smart story of scientific

  1. Sun Sep 21 - Thu Sep 25

Life Itself

  • Rated as: 4/5

Unusually moving (not only to stray film critics in your crowd), director Steve James’s keen profile of the late, great Roger Ebert works both as a compact appreciation of the reviewer’s vast public impact, as well as an unflinching peek into a cancer patient’s final months, fraught with

  1. Mon Sep 22
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