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In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Frankenweenie,' 'Taken 2,' 'The Paperboy,' 'Butter' and More

"Frankenweenie"

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

Moviegoers have a range of options at the theaters this weekend.

Tim Burton's 3D Disney movie Frankenweenie, which is voiced by Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder and Catherine O'Hara, follows a boy who conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life.

PHOTOS: 'Frankenweenie's' Black and White Premiere Invades Hollywood

Meanwhile, The Paperboy -- which premiered in Cannes earlier this year -- is directed by Lee Daniels and based on Pete Dexter's novel. The drama-thriller centers on a reporter who returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death-row inmate and stars Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron.

Also opening Friday is Olivier Megaton's Taken 2, starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace. Neeson reprises his role as retired CIA operative and concerned parent Bryan Mills, while Grace and Janssen re-enlist as his daughter, Kim, and former wife, Lenore, respectively.

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.

Frankenweenie
Tim Burton's 3D stop-motion film features voice work from Martin Short, Martin Landau and Winona Ryder and tells the story of a boy who brings his beloved dog back from the dead. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

The Paperboy
Lee Daniels' Florida-based melodrama, based on Pete Dexter's novel, stars Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

VIDEO: Frankenweenie Trailer 2

Butter
Jennifer Garner stars in butter-sculpting comedy touting a political agenda that’s hard to miss and digest. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

Taken 2
Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen reprise their roles from the 2008 action thriller. Read Bernard Besserglik's review here.

Bel Borba Aqui (opened Wednesday)
Burt Sun and André Costantini's debut film follows a prolific artist leaving no blank wall unpainted in Salvador, Brazil. Read John DeFore's review here.

Fat Kid Rules the World
Matthew Lillard steps behind the camera to direct the film adaptation of K.L. Going's young-adult novel. Read John DeFore's review here.

The House I Live In
Directed and written by Eugene Jarecki, the documentary argues that America's War on Drugs needs a drastic rethinking. Read John DeFore's review here.

Wuthering Heights
Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold’s radical version of the Brontë classic is refreshing different from past versions. Read Neil Young's review here.

VIDEO: 'Taken 2' Trailer: There’s a New Bloodthirsty Dad in Town

Now, Forager (opened Wednesday)
This offbeat indie film from Jason Cortlund will need to reap prizes if its to stand out from the crop and eke out a little arthouse play. Read Neil Young's review here.

The Oranges
A gifted ensemble of actors, including Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester and Catherine Keener, manage to hit a sweet spot despite mediocre material, writes THR film critic David Rooney. Read David Rooney's review here.

The Revisionaries
Doc about textbook standard-setting in Texas encapsulates controversy without sensationalism. Read John DeFore's review here.

Trade of Innocents
Christopher Bessette's thriller starring Mira Sorvino, follows a driven investigator who pursues child sex trafficking in Cambodia. Read Frank Scheck's review here.

VIDEO: 'Butter' Trailer Features a Bachmann-like Jennifer Garner and Stripper Olivia Wilde

V/H/S
The horror anthology film, helmed by six directors, follows a group of petty criminals who invade a private home to retrieve a videotape for a mysterious client. Read Justin Lowe's review here.