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

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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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