In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'The Expendables 2,' 'Sparkle,' 'Cosmopolis' and More

"Sparkle"
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With a diverse group of high-profile new movies hitting theaters this weekend -- from action to animated comedy to musical drama to fantasy -- there's seemingly a genre to suit everyone's preferences.

In the action sequel The Expendables 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger joins returning stars Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Liam Hemsworth.

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Meanwhile, Whitney Houston fans can see the late singer in her final film performance in the musical drama Sparkle, which co-stars Jordin Sparks as an aspiring soul diva.

Also new in theaters this week are the drama Cosmopolis, the animated comedy ParaNorman and the family-friendly fantasy The Odd Life of Timothy Green.

Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend, and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office.

The Expendables 2
Arnold Schwarzenegger, in his first significant post-political role, joins Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren in the action-filled sequel. Read Justin Lowe's review here.

Sparkle
In her final acting role, Whitney Houston portrays the imperious matriarch of a late '60s-era girl group that includes Jordin Sparks. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

Cosmopolis
David Cronenberg's drama stars Robert Pattinson as a billionaire on an odyssey across Manhattan in a limousine. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (opened Wednesday)
Disney tale reimagines an ancient fariy-tale trope for modern Middle America. Read John DeFore's review here.

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ParaNorman
From the makers of Coraline, the stop-motion animated comedy follows a young boy with the ability to communicate with the dead. Read Michael Rechtshaffen's review here. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

The Awakening
Rebecca Hall plays a ghost debunker who sees an actual ghost in director Nick Murphy's twisty, atmospheric fright flick. Read John DeFore's review here.

Beloved
Mother and daughter Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve topline Christophe Honoré’s musical, which closed the Cannes Film Festival, about love before and after AIDS. Read Kirk Honeycutt's review here.

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Chicken With Plums
Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud co-direct a colorful fantasy set in 1958 Iran. Read Deborah Young's review here.

Robot & Frank
A thoroughly charming comedy gives a retired cat burglar an unexpected new partner. Read John DeFore's review here.

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