New Movie Reviews: 'Bad Teacher,' 'Cars 2,' 'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' in Theaters This Weekend

10:37 PM PST 06/23/2011 by Paula Zulian
Columbia Pictures

Wondering which film to go see this weekend? Check out what THR's critics say about the movies opening Friday.

On Friday, Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel  stars in Bad Teacher, a raunchy comedy by Jake Kasdan.

Meanwhile, cooler cars and more action follow Lightning and Mater as they mix it up with spies and Formula 1 racers in yet another Pixar winner, in Cars 2. Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, and Michael Caine borrow their voices for the Disney's animated film.

A Better Life, from director Chris Weitz employs the same strategy to open up the lives of a Mexican gardener in East Los Angeles and his Americanized son.

See what The Hollywood Reporter's critics have to say about those films -- and others opening this weekend -- and find out how they’re expected to perform at the weekend box office.

Bad Teacher
Bottom Line:
Passably funny vision of classroom apathy won't win fans within teachers' unions but isn't as outrageous as it could have been.
Click here to read The Hollywood Reporter's review.

Cars 2
Bottom Line:
Lightning and Mater mix it up with Formula 1 and spies in yet another Pixar winner.
Click here to read THR's review.

A Better Life
Bottom Line:
The search for a stolen truck brings a father and son closer in this fine film by Chris Weitz set in East L.A.
Click here to read THR's review.

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
Bottom Line:
Thoroughly entertaining doc about the "Legally Prohibited" tour shows O'Brien funnier than ever, even when wounded.
Click here to read THR's review.

Leap Year
Bottom Line:
The director takes his time establishing the lonely rhythm of the main character's life.
Click here to read THR's review.

The Names of Love
Bottom Line:
Very funny French political satire whose comic nuances will be lost on everybody else.
Click here to read THR's review.

General Orders No. 9
Bottom Line:
This naturalist reflection on a violated world is a little too high on its own holiness, but it introduces a new filmmaker with a distinctive sensibility.
Click here to read THR's review.

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (opened Wednesday)
Bottom Line: A trenchant examination of radical environmentalism and the implications of domestic terrorism laws.
Click here to read THR's review.

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