In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Black Mass,' 'Maze Runner' and More
Read what THR's critics are saying about David Oyelowo's 'Captive' and the Emily Blunt starrer 'Sicario.'
A mob leader, runners and a troubled convict are coming to theaters this weekend with the releases of Black Mass, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials and Captive.
Also hitting theaters this weekend: Emily Blunt's Sicario and the fashion documentary Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer.
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).
Johnny Depp transforms into infamous gang leader James "Whitey" Bulger who was the kingpin of crime in Boston from the 1970s to 1994. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review, "longtime Depp fans who might have lately given up hope of his doing something interesting anytime soon will especially appreciate his dive into the deep end here to personify genuine perfidy in the guise of legendary hoodlum." According to McCarthy's review, Bulger was ranked second to Osama Bin Laden on the FBI's most wanted list. Read the full review here.
The popular Maze Runner YA novels have been adapted once again for the sequel where the runners find themselves in a new adventure after escaping the Maze. THR film critic Justin Lowe writes in his review, "The second installment, which reveals some of the reasons behind the teens' imprisonment, lacks a similar sense of originality and urgency, undercut by overly familiar characterizations and dilatory pacing."
Selma's David Oyelowo and Kate Mara portray the true story of convict Brian Nichols who killed the judge on his case and proceeded to hold single mother Ashley Smith hostage in her apartment in March 2005. The two ultimately find redemption after spending days hidden in Smith's apartment. THR film critic Sheri Linden writes in her review, "The movie is, above all, a no-nonsense portrait of two damaged but resilient souls. Though much of the drama is clunky and flat, the taut, visceral performances by David Oyelowo and Kate Mara never err." She adds, "Oyelowo, who’s also one of the picture’s producers, proves yet again that he’s among the most versatile actors working in film."
Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Robin Wright journey to a place few desire to go and the possible death trap that is Mount Everest. McCarthy writes that "there are quite a few good reasons to see this robust dramatization of a 1996 assault on the world's tallest mountain that went disastrously wrong, beginning with the eye-popping, you-are-there visual techniques that make you feel glad indeed that you're not actually up there at 29,029 feet, but also including multiple characters sufficiently humanized to create real concern for their fates, and an attention to realistic detail that gives the film texture." Read the full review here.
Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin attempt to take down a Mexican drug cartel, and survive, during an intense government mission. McCarthy feels the film provides a vivid and entertaining view of the drug trade that will bring "midlevel business." He writes, "The violence of the inter-American drug trade has served as the backdrop for any number of films for more than three decades, but few have been as powerful and superbly made as Sicario." Read the full review here.
Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer
The fashion career of a designer often slammed by critics but praised by celebrities including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Jared Leto and Madonna is explored in Vlad Yudin's documentary. THR film critic Frank Scheck writes in his review that "fashionistas are likely to be entertained."