The Round-Up

THE ROUND-UP | May 8’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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Big Game
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A young teenager camping in the woods helps rescue the President of the United States when Air Force One is shot down near his campsite.

110 min
Director: Jalmari Helander
Writer: Jalmari Helander
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson

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Girlhood (Bande de filles)
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A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.

113 min
Director: Céline Sciamma

Writer: Céline Sciamma (screenplay)
Stars: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh

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Phoenix
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A disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss), unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who might have betrayed her to the Nazis.

98 min
Director: Christian Petzold
Writers: Christian Petzold (screenplay), Harun Farocki
Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf

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Rosewater
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Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy.

103 min
Director: Jon Stewart
Writers: Jon Stewart (screenplay), Maziar Bahari (book)
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas

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Spooks: The Greater Good
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When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London.

104 min
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Writers: David Wolstencroft (television series “Spooks”), Jonathan Brackley (screenplay)
Stars: Kit Harington, Tuppence Middleton, Jennifer Ehle

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Stray Dogs (Jiao you)
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An alcoholic man and his two young children barely survive in Taipei. They cross path with a lonely grocery clerk who might help them make a better life.

138 min
Director: Ming-liang Tsai (as Tsai Ming Liang)
Writers: Peng Fei Song, Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Kuei-Mei Yang, Yi-Ching Lu

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The Age of Adaline
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A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.

112 min
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Writers: J. Mills Goodloe (screenplay), Salvador Paskowitz (screenplay)
Stars: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford

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Top Five
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A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.

102 min
Director: Chris Rock
Writer: Chris Rock
Stars: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union

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Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
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Barry is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse.

98 min
Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
Writers: Kiah Roache-Turner (screenplay), Tristan Roache-Turner (screenplay)
Stars: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill

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Elsa & Fred
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Far from the Madding Crowd
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Monsters: Dark Continent
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Unfriended
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We Are Monster
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Bad Land: Road to Fury
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