In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Aloha,' 'San Andreas' and More
Read what THR's critics are saying about the Guy Pearce comedy 'Results' and the Jerry Ferrara starrer 'Club Life.'
A defense contractor, a search and rescue pilot and an Entourage actor are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of Aloha, San Andreas and Club Life.
Also hitting theaters this weekend: Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders' Results and New York City drug movie Heaven Knows What.
Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend's box office).
Director Cameron Crowe's latest boasts an all-star cast, including Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Bill Murray and John Krasinski. In the story set in paradise, Cooper plays a defense contractor who returns to Oahu to rebuild his life and lands himself in a love triangle with his former girlfriend (McAdams) and a new flame (Stone). THR film critic Sheri Linden notes that the A-list cast is the only spark in the film. She writes in her review that, "the chemistry is mostly forced, the story without an emotional core ... the cast will entice audiences, but Aloha looks destined for a relatively quick hello-and-goodbye in theaters."
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars in the Brad Peyton-directed natural disaster adventure along with Alexandra Daddario and Carla Gugino. Johnson portrays an LAFD rescue-helicopter pilot who protects his daughter and estranged wife during a magnitude 9-plus earthquake triggered by the San Andreas Fault. THR film critic Justin Lowe notes that while the booming earthquake that rips up California is highly exaggerated, Johnson balances his role as both an action hero and a family man. "When he's not being vulnerable while hashing out his marital issues, he gives the type of heroic alpha-male performance we’ve come to reliably expect, along with the occasional twinkle of characteristic humor," writes Lowe. Read the full review here.
Entourage star Jerry Ferrara leads in director Fabrizio Conte's debut feature, playing a strapped-for-cash limo driver who is sucked into the world of club promotion, hiring gorgeous women to attend nightclubs that would attract high rollers. THR film critic Frank Sheck writes, "Lacking the dramatic substance that would make us care about its central character, Club Life lives up to its setting in that it's quickly forgotten by the next day." Read the full review here.
Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders and Kevin Corrigan co-star in director Andrew Bujalski's comedy about two personal trainers whose lives are impacted by a wealthy client. THR film critic John DeFore writes in his review, "A perfectly chosen cast sells this unhurried comedy, which flows unconventionally but is still, by a long stretch, the most mainstream-friendly picture Bujalski has made."
Heaven Knows What
Directors Josh and Benie Safdie capture the life of heroin users in New York, featuring actors Caleb Landry Jones and Arielle Holmes. THR film critic David Rooney writes in his review that the directors "weave a small group of young heroin addicts into the fabric of the city streets with a grubby lyricism that's visually intoxicating even if its emotional impact remains somewhat muted."