New Movie Reviews: 'Footloose,' 'The Big Year,' 'The Thing' Hitting Theaters

10:43 PM PST 10/13/2011 by Paula Zulian
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What do THR’s critics have to say about the new films opening Friday?

After 27 years, the 1984 hit movie Footloose got its remake, this time starring Julianne Hough as Ariel Moore, the preacher's daughter, and newcomer Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormack, the former Kevin Bacon role. The cast also includes Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell, Miles Teller and Ray McKinnon in the director Craig Brewer's redo.

PHOTOS: Julianne Hough and Her Co-Stars Fete 'Footloose'

Meanwhile, Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Anjelica Huston star in the comedy The Big Year, directed by David Frankel.

Dutch director Matthijs van Heijningen combines plenty of blood 'n' guts with pared-down dramatics in the sci-fi reboot The Thing, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton.

Antonio Banderas stars as a mad scientist/plastic surgeon in Spanish two-time Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In.

VIDEO: 'Footloose': How Does the New Trailer Compare to the 1984 Original?

Meanwhile, Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman star in Joel Schumacher's hostage drama Trespass.

And the long-waited 2008 Fireflies in the Garden, starring Ryan Reynolds and Julia Roberts, gets its release in the U.S.

Read what The Hollywood Reporter's critics have to say about these films and others opening Friday, and see how they're expected to perform at the box office.

Footloose
Dennis Quaid, Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald star in a by-the-numbers remake of the '80s-era musical drama.
Click here to read Todd McCarthy's review.

The Big Year
This film may not do for birds what director David Frankel's last film, Marley & Me, did for dogs, but there's a similar current of warmth and appreciation for the effect of animals on people to be felt, writes Todd McCarthy.
Click here to read Todd McCarthy's review.

VIDEO: 'The Thing' Trailer Hits With Mary Elizabeth Winstead

The Thing
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton, this reboot of two famous sci-fi thrillers falls short of its predecessors, writes THR's Todd McCarthy.
Click here to read Todd McCarth's review.

The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito)
Antonio Banderas stars as a mad scientist/plastic surgeon in the Spanish director's latest exploration of identity, anxiety and betrayal, writes Kirk Honeycutt.
Click here to read Kirk Honeycutt's review.

Fireflies in the Garden
Ryan Reynolds and Julia Roberts stars in the first-time writer-director Dennis Lee's family drama movie.
Click here to read Kirk Honeycutt's review.

VIDEO: Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black Star in 'The Big Year' Trailer

Texas Killing Fields
Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chloë Grace Moretz and Jessica Chastain star in a cop-thriller from Ami Canaan Mann, making her second film.
Click here to read Neil Young's review.

Trespass
Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman star in Joel Schumacher's hostage drama.  
Click here to read John DeFore's review.

VIDEO: Pedro Almodovar on 'The Skin I Live In' -- and What It's Like to Live in His Skin

Father of Invention
Kevin Spacey stars in "Father of Invention," a comedy about a father trying to reconquer his estranged daughter's love, Camilla Belle and Heather Graham co-stars.
Click here to read Kirk Honeycutt's review.

Also opening this weekend are Chalet Girl, Khushiyaan, Labios Rojos, My Friend Pinto and OKA!

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