In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Elysium,' 'We're the Millers' and More

6:00 PM PST 08/08/2013 by Stephanie Chan
Sony Pictures
"Elysium"

What THR's critics say about the movies opening this weekend.

Step into the future with Neill Blomkamp's Elysium.

The sci-fi action film stars Matt Damon living in the year 2154 as a former convict who attempts to bring equality between two worlds: the wealthy living in an utopian Elysium and the poor trying to survive in a ruined, overcrowded Earth. Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley and Diego Luna also star in the movie.

Meanwhile, in the follow-up to the 2010 film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, the son of Poseidon (played by Logan Lerman) and his crew go on a journey to the Sea of Monsters to search for the Golden Fleece. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is directed by Thor Freudenthal and opened Wednesday.

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Another film released the same day was We're the Millers, starring Jason Sudeikis, Jennfier Aniston, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter. The R-rated comedy follows a pot dealer (Sudeikis) who pressures a stripper (Aniston), runaway (Roberts) and teen virgin (Poulter) into helping him smuggle weed into the U.S. from Mexico.

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.

Elysium
Matt Damon and Jodie Foster star in District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's latest politically tinged sci-fi feature, about a factory worker's attempt to hijack his way onto a space station inhabited by the elite.. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

The Thor Freudenthal-helmed sequel lacks the energetic zip of its predecessor. Read Michael Rechtshaffen's review here.

Planes

Despite the more aerodynamic setting, this Cars 3D offshoot emerges as an uninspired retread. Read Michael Rechtshaffen's review here.

We're the Millers

Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston star as ne'er-do-well bottom-feeders posing as a couple in an effort to smuggle drugs into the U.S. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

I Give it a Year

Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall star as mismatched newlyweds in the directing debut of Sacha Baron Cohen’s frequent comic collaborator Dan Mazer. Read Megan Lehmann's review here.

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Prince Avalanche

Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star in David Gordon Green's Texas-set remake of the 2011 Icelandic film Either Way. Read David Rooney's review here.

In a World…

Lake Bell makes her writer-director debut in a comedy about Hollywood's voice-over industry. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

Lovelace

Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard lead the cast of co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's film about Linda Lovelace, the first porn star. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

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Jug Face

Chad Crawford Kinkle's debut feature, set in a backwoods community, concerns a mysterious pit that demands human sacrifices. Read Frank Scheck's review here.

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

Tinatin Gurchiani highlights the rural-dwelling citizens of Georgia, a nation recently independent from the Soviet Union, in her new documentary. Read Duane Byrge's review here.

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