In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2,' 'McFarland, USA' and More

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'Hot Tub Time Machine 2'

Read what THR's critics are saying about the high school comedy 'The DUFF' and the best foreign-language film Oscar nominee 'Wild Tales.'

A bubbly transportation device, a determined track coach and an awkward teen are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of Hot Tub Time Machine 2; McFarland, USA; and The DUFF.

Find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (along with which film will top the weekend's box office).

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs and Chevy Chase star in director Steve Pink's sequel to the 2010 comedy. The story centers on the film's heroes heading back to the Jacuzzi and winding up in the future. THR film critic John DeFore writes in his review that it's a "flop-sweaty cash grab that gives a bad name to sequels in which key talent has jumped ship."

McFarland, USA

Director Niki Caro's film stars Kevin CostnerMaria Bello and Carlos Pratts and centers on a high school cross-country coach who attempts to motivate his team. The sports drama offers "an engaging variation on a very familiar theme," featuring a "most appealing performance by Kevin Costner," according to THR film critic Stephen Farber's review.

The DUFF

A high school senior realizes that she's been dubbed the "designated ugly fat friend" by her peers in director Ari Sandel's comedy. Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Ken Jeong and Allison Janney star. "More a middle-of-the-road rom-com than a teen-spirit sendup, the pic weaves its lighthearted mix of silly and serious with increasingly heavy-handed spiels on self-esteem," writes THR film critic Sheri Linden in her review

Wild Tales

Nominated for this year's foreign-language film Oscar, the Argentinean dark comedy focuses on six intersecting stories about impulsive behavior. Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez and Leonardo Sbaraglia star in director Damian Szifron's film. According to THR film critic David Rooney, "Wild Tales opens and closes with a bang, and at its best is a riotously funny and cathartic exorcism of the frustrations of contemporary life." Read his full review here. 

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