New Movie Reviews: 'Colombiana,' 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark,' 'Our Idiot Brother' Hitting Theaters

10:41 PM PST 08/25/2011 by Paula Zulian
Miramax

What is THR's critical take on the new films hitting the cinemas Friday?

Moviegoers have a slew of options this weekend.

On Friday, Zoe Saldana, Jordi Molla and Lennie James stars in the bullet thriller Colombiana, directed by Olivier Megaton.

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Meanwhile, Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison star in the horror flick Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. The movie is written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins and directed by Troy Nixey.

Also opening Friday is the family comedy Our Idiot Brother, directed and produced by Jesse Peretz and starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel.

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

Colombiana
Bottom Line:
Another Besson bash of bullets, bodies and broads.
Click here to read The Hollywood Reporter's review.

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Bottom Line:
A scary film where the scares peter out far too quickly.
Click here to read THR's review.

Our Idiot Brother
Bottom Line:
Dysfunctional family comedy ambles instead of snowballing and treats its good-hearted hero pretty shabbily.
Click here to read THR's review.

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Circumstance
Bottom Line:
Stunning debut lifts the veil on life in Iran.
Click here to read THR's review.

Brighton Rock
Bottom Line: The story is a typical Greene tale of good versus evil.
Click here to read THR's review.

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Chasing Madoff
Bottom Line
: A riveting yet maddeningly stylized doc looking into a whistleblower whom no one listened to.
Click here to read THR's review.

Higher Ground
Bottom Line:
A rare American film that explores the born-again experience without mockery or condescension.
Click here to read THR's review.
 

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