The Round-Up

THE ROUND-UP | September 19’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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20,000 Days on Earth
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Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.

97 min. Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard. Nick Cave, Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard. Stars: Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Warren Ellis.

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Grand Piano
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Moments before his comeback performance, a concert pianist who suffers from stage fright discovers a note written on his music sheet.

90 min. Director: Eugenio Mira. Writer: Damien Chazelle. Stars: Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Kerry Bishé.

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Magic in the Moonlight
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A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

97 min. Director: Woody Allen. Writer: Woody Allen. Stars: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden.

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The Giver
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In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.

97 min. Director: Phillip Noyce. Writers: Michael Mitnick, Robert B. Weide. Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep.

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The Riot Club
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Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.

107 min. Director: Lone Scherfig. Writer: Laura Wade. Stars: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth.

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Wish I Was Here
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Aidan Bloom is a 35-year-old man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.

106 min. Director: Zach Braff. Writers: Adam J. Braff, Zach Braff. Stars: Zach Braff, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon.

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Still showing

A Most Wanted Man
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In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten)
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Manuscripts Don’t Burn (Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand)
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Pride
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The Boxtrolls
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The Wizard of Oz • Unmissable
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