Brick Mansions The late Paul Walker’s penultimate film takes place in “a dystopian Detroit,” which has to be the redundancy of the month. But dig this: It’s not just any old dystopian Detroit like you might see on the news or in a Robocop movie, but a walled-off dystopian Detroit that’s become a holding cell for the area’s most dangerous criminals. Helluva creative spin, right? Well, unless you count that the flick is a remake of the French District B13, which as The Guardian pointed out, was in turn “wantonly ripped off from John Carpenter’s Escape From New York.” But hey – at least it’s not a sequel! (PG-13) – Steve Schneider
The Other Woman Nick Cassavettes directs Cameron Diaz as a woman who forges an unlikely alliance with her three-timing boyfriend’s wife and mistress. Silly old me was under the mistaken impression that this would be a sideways riff on The Women, but the Internet set me straight: It’s actually a grown-up version of John Tucker Must Die. Thanks, trolls! I almost said something stupid. (PG-13) – SS
The Quiet Ones If you thought Waiting for Superman had fully explored the dangers of the U.S. educational system, check out this based-on-reality horror picture, in which a bunch of college students are hired to prod the psyche of a disturbed girl and end up unleashing a malevolent spirit. Even worse news: Mark Zuckerberg fucks them on the patent. (PG-13) – SS
The Lunchbox One month before his retirement from the claims department of a soulless Mumbai corporation, Saajan (Irrfan Khan) receives the wrong lunch from the city’s supposedly foolproof lunchbox system. But instead of correcting the mistake, he embraces it and begins corresponding with the unhappy housewife on the other end of the snafu via letters left in the lunchbox. Directed and co-written by first-timer Ritesh Batra, this Hindi-English film is both an unlikely romance and a commentary on the numb existence of many Indians who cram into offices and onto packed train
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