The Round-Up

THE ROUND-UP | August 29’s movies rated

What were the best films that came out in the last week? What were the worst? Were there any you weren’t sure of seeing? Below are quick and easy star ratings of the past week’s releases to help you decide, including short plot details from IMDB. Full comment and opinion can be found in The Film Journal.


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Let’s Be Cops
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• Avoid Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

104 min. Director: Luke Greenfield. Writers: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas. Stars: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle. Watch trailer

As Above, So Below
★½

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When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.

93 min. Director: John Erick Dowdle. Writers: Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle. Stars: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge. Watch trailer

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari
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Dr. Caligari’s somnambulist, Cesare, and his deadly predictions. [1920 rerelease]

67 min. Director: Robert Wiene. Writers: Carl Mayer, Hans Janowitz. Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher. Watch trailer

If I Stay
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Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.

107 min. Director: R.J. Cutler. Writer: Shauna Cross. Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley. Watch trailer

Million Dollar Arm
★★½
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A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

124 min. Director: Craig Gillespie. Writer: Thomas McCarthy. Stars: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin. Watch trailer

Mystery Road
★★★★
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An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.

121 min. Director: Ivan Sen. Writer: Ivan Sen. Stars: Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten. Watch trailer

Night Moves
★★★★
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Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.

112 min. Director: Kelly Reichardt. Writers: Jonathan Raymond, Kelly Reichardt. Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard. Watch trailer

Obvious Child
★★★★
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A twenty-something comedienne’s unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.

84 min. Director: Gillian Robespierre. Writers: Gillian Robespierre, Karen Maine. Stars: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann. Watch trailer

The Internet’s Own Boy
★★★★½
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• Recommended The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.

105 min. Director: Brian Knappenberger. Writer: Brian Knappenberger. Stars: Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cory Doctorow. Watch trailer

The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret)
★★★★
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Police inspector Carl Mørck is put in charge of a department of cold cases, joined only by his assistant, Assad. They dig into a case about a disappeared woman.

97 min. Director: Mikkel Nørgaard. Nikolaj Arcel. Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Sonja Richter. Watch trailer

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