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New Movie Reviews: 'Super 8,' 'Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer' in Theaters This Weekend

Elle Fanning & Joel Courtney
Paramount Pictures
"Super 8"

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

Moviegoers have several options to choose from this weekend.

On Friday, Elle Fanning stars in Super 8, a science fiction adventure centered on film geek kids in small-town 1979 America, directed and written by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg.

Meanwhile, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, directed by John Schultz, follows the adventures of a third grader, played by Australian newcomer Jordana Beatty, who is determined to have a "mega-cool" summer; Heather Graham co-stars.

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.

Super 8
Bottom Line: An engaging return trip to Steven Spielberg's youthful world of wonder courtesy of J.J. Abrams.
Click here to read THR's review.
 
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Bottom Line: A for-small-children movie that excludes everyone else.
Click here to read THR's review.
 
The Trip
Bottom Line: The project suffers badly from being largely improvised as the pair fall back on familiar impressions and old jokes.
Click here to read THR's review.
 
The Troll Hunter 
Bottom Line: Troll rhymes with droll in this horror mockumentary from Norway, an enjoyably off-kilter hybrid of “The Blair Witch Project” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”
Click here to read THR's review.
 
Viva Riva!
Bottom Line: A bold crime action film that’s vicious, sexy and throbbingly realistic.
Click here to read THR's review.