The weekend is upon us once again. The full blown Weekend Forecast is still kind of on hiatus, but here are links to my reviews of the current batch of new movies for your edification. Also check out the Now Playing page with a more complete list of what’s in theaters whether seen by me (read…)

Brave

I’ve reviewed an unusually high number of this weekend’s wide releases so I thought I’d call your attention to the high and lowlights. Disney/Pixar’s Brave Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World The odds that I’d go for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire (read…)

It’s time once again to take a look at what’s new in theaters. As always, check out the Now Playing page for a more comprehensive list of your movie going options Darling Companion As of this writing, the latest from Lawrence Kasdan is currently getting worse reviews than Battleship. That’s too bad because it’s a (read…)

Here are you are your new releases for the weekend. Also be sure to check out the Now Playing page with a more complete list of what’s doing in theaters with trailers and showtimes, etc. Monsieur Lazhar Solid performances from adult and child alike enliven Monsieur Lazhar and raise it above the ordinary inspirational teacher (read…)

Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody in Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress"

It’s time to Sambola everybody! Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody in Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress Things are looking up this weekend with Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, but if none of these new releases, er, float your boat, be sure to check out the Now Playing page with a bunch more suggestions for your (read…)

The Weekend Forecast

The movie calendar is really starting to heat up and there are several excellent new limited releases this week. There are also a bunch of holdovers from previous weeks you might not have gotten around to seeing yet, so be sure to check out the Now Playing page. The Island President Proof that sometimes the (read…)

Iko Uwais in "The Raid: Redemption"

Iko Uwais in The Raid: Redemption, your LiC Pick of the Week Everyone is pretty much getting the hell out of the way of the juggernaut that is The Hunger Games. If you’re not in the mood to get your tween on, check out the terrific action picture The Raid: Redemption which is being served (read…)

Cecile De France and Thomas Doret in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "The Kid with a Bike"

Cecile De France and Thomas Doret in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s The Kid with a Bike Here’s what’s new in theaters this weekend. Also be sure to check out the Now Playing page for these and many more films currently in theaters with links to trailers, showtimes and LiC reviews where appropriate. The Kid with (read…)

There’s a smattering of interesting things to choose from this week in both wide and limited release. If you don’t see anything that interests you, hit the Now Playing page for everything good and/or popular in current release. John Carter. Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E) makes his live-action directorial debut with this adaptation of Edgar (read…)

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Here are your notable new releases for the weekend. Check out the Now Playing page for additional returning films of note if none of these newbies float your boat. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. I come down hard on adaptations of Dr. Seuss because too often the things we like and expect of modern animation run (read…)

There’s a real chance none of the below will be enough to get you into a movie theater this weekend, so by all means hit the Now Playing page with a longer list of interesting possibilities. Act of Valor. The drawing card of this action pic about a team of Navy SEALS is that it (read…)

Undefeated

Oscar nominee Undefeated (no, not the Sarah Palin doc) Here’s what’s new this weekend. As always, if you don’t see anything you like here, be sure to check out the Now Playing page for a more detailed look at what’s good and/or popular in theaters now. Undefeated This Oscar nominee for Best Documentary is one (read…)

chico and rita

The Oscar-nominated Chico & Rita, your LiC pick of the week There’s a lot of great stuff in limited release this week so let’s cut through the usual crap and get right to it. If none of the below melt your butter, check out the Now Playing page featuring notable and or popular releases now (read…)

Sara Paxton and Pat Healy in Ti West's The Innkeepers

Sara Paxton and Pat Healy in Ti West’s The Innkeepers There are no less than four new films in theaters this weekend with what could at least be described as horror elements if not outright horror and I’m not even including Madonna’s W.E. in that category. If none of this weekend’s new releases float your (read…)

Jeremie Elkaim and Valerie Donzelli in Declaration of War

Jeremie Elkaim and Valerie Donzelli in Declaration of War, your LiC pick of the week If you live in New York or Los Angeles, go see Declaration of War this weekend. If you’re in the mood for cheap January action thrills, go see Liam Neeson in The Grey.  If you’re intrigued by the Oscar nominations, (read…)

In addition to the new openings below, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is opening in wide release while We Need to Talk About Kevin comes to LA. If neither of these nor none of the below interest you, be sure to check out the Now Playing page for an extensive listing of what’s notable in (read…)

Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin

In addition to this weekend’s new releases, Beauty and the Beast (1991) is returning to theaters with a 3D makeover. Lion King 3D made a diaper load of cash so Disney would be insane not to keep rolling out the hits. Also, Meryl Streep’s The Iron Lady is getting a major expansion (review) and the (read…)

Rinko Kikuchi and Kenichi Matsuyama in Tran Anh Hung's Norwegian Wood

Rinko Kikuchi and Kenichi Matsuyama in Tran Anh Hung’s Norwegian Wood If you live in New York, check out the quietly melancholy but lovely Norewegian Wood this weekend or maybe the new one from Nuri Bilge Ceylan. If you don’t, you’re going to have to check out the Now Playing page to see if any (read…)

Asghar Farhadi's A Separation

There are no new wide releases this week and no new significant expansions of limited releases, so unless you live in New York or Los Angeles, this is a good weekend to stay home or to catch up on some of the flurry of films you may have missed. If you’re lucky enough to live (read…)

Jeremy Irvine in Steven Spielberg's War Horse

There’s something good to see wherever you live this holiday weekend though the openings are all scattered across the week as kids are out of school and the studios jockey for your attention. As a result, several films have already opened, several more open today and still more open on Christmas Day. Opening dates for (read…)

Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz in Roman Polanski's Carnage

Carnage (*** 1/2). I struggled with Roman Polanski’s blackly comic Carnage for the first 30 minutes or so because the wealthy Manhattan couples at its center were kind of loathsome and I mostly just wanted to see harm come to them one at a time. Once they all start turning on each other and themselves (read…)

Gary Oldman in Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Not much to get jazzed about on the wide release front unless you’re a lobotomy patient, but there are some choice entries in limited release including the slow, but oddly compelling Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Also if you’re in New York or Los Angeles, there are three 2012 films looking to qualify for the Oscars. (read…)

Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale and Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen’s Shame It’s almost hard to believe, but there isn’t a single new wide release this weekend. Luckily, there is Shame in selected cities, Takeshi Kitano’s yakuza flick Outrage and the limited Oscar qualifying run of Ralph Fiennes terrific Coriolanus. Also, Moneyball and The Ides (read…)

Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method (2011)

Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method The studios are rolling out most of their movies early this week to take advantage of the long Thanksgiving holiday and there’s a bounty of cinematic goodness to be found. All release dates are for Wednesday 11/23 except where noted. A Dangerous Method (****). (read…)

George Clooney and Shailene Woodley in Alexander Payne's The Descendants

This weekend’s new releases are led off by George Clooney in the comic drama The Descendants. Also of note: Tyrannosaur

Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss, Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar and Jose Padilha’s Elite Squad: The Enemy Within are the highlights of this weekend’s new releases.

It’s a very quiet week for new releases. I recommend you check local listings to see if Take Shelter, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Skin I Live In or Le Havre are playing anywhere near you. If not, well you’re on your own.

It’s kind of an odd week this week with a bunch of half-way interesting releases, but nothing that jumps out and shouts “You must watch!”

Martha Marcy May Marlene and Oranges and Sunshine are your LiC picks of the week

Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In starring Antonio Banderas is your pick of the week





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