New Movie Reviews: 'Contagion,' 'Warrior' Coming to Theaters

10:10 PM PST 09/08/2011 by THR staff
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"Warrior"

What do THR's critics have to say about the films opening this weekend?

Moviegoers have many options this weekend.

This week marks the beginning onslaught of awards-eager movies following debuts, splashy or otherwise, at the Big Three fall festivals, Venice, Telluride and Toronto.

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First to arrive is Steven Soderbergh’s viral movie — no, the old kind of viral as in disease — Contagion.

Many more are to come but other films also on the prowl for box-office coin this weekend include a mixed martial-arts drama Warrior, a John Landis period comedy and a few worthy docs.

Contagion
Bottom Line
: With simmering tension and some memorable acting performances by a stellar cast, Soderbergh's disease thriller is worth catching.
Click here to read The Hollywood Reporter’s review.

STORY: Steven Soderbergh’s 'Contagion': What the Critics Are Saying

Warrior
Bottom Line: A emotionally raw family drama well disguised as a brutal fight film.
Click here to read THR’s review.

The Black Power Mix Tape: 1967-1975
Bottom Line
: A vital record of the black power movement in rare archival footage.
Click here to read THR’s review.

Burke and Hare
Bottom Line
: Unpleasant drivel that tries to make fun out of murder.
Click here to read THR’s review.

VIDEO: 'Warrior': Tom Hardy Spars With a Professional Fighter in New Clip

Shaolin
Bottom Line: A well-mounted but soft-edged reinterpretation of a martial arts classic that gives precedence to drama over action.
Click here to read THR’s review.

My Kingdom
Bottom Line
: Solid fighting vies with sensationalist plotting in this uneven period action drama.
Click here to read THR’s review.

Tanner Hall
Bottom Line: There are some dedicated performances, but this unfocused drama adds nothing new to the girls’ boarding school film curriculum.
Click here to read THR’s review.

STORY: 'Warrior': What the Critics Are Saying

We Were Here
Bottom Line: Deeply affecting doc revisits the AIDS epidemic without any grandstanding.
Click here to read THR’s review.

Also opening are Main Street, Where Soldiers Come From, Laugh at My Pain, Mere Brother Ki Dulham, Love in Space, Born to Be a Star, The Whale and Creature.
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