In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' '21 and Over' and More

9:00 PM PST 02/28/2013 by Stephanie Chan
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"Jack the Giant Slayer"

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

Action and adventure await.

Inspired by the Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack and the Giant Killer fairy tales, Warner Bros.' Jack the Giant Slayer tells the story of a farmer named Jack, played by Nicholas Hoult, who has to battle giants in order to save a kidnapped princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson). Director Bryan Singer also leads cast members Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, John Kassir and Ian McShane in this epic tale of fighting an ancient war and reclaiming one's land.

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.

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Jack the Giant Slayer

Simply in terms of storytelling, logistics and viewer engagement, Jack is markedly superior to the recent Hobbit. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

21 & Over

Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore's comedy stars Miles Teller as the friend of a college student whose birthday debauchery gets way out of control. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

Phantom

Ed Harris and David Duchovny star in this Cold War era submarine thriller. Read Frank Scheck's review here.

Stoker

With Spike Lee's remake of his Oldboy coming this fall, Park Chan-wook makes his long-awaited English-language debut. Read John DeFore's review here.

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The End of Love

Mark Webber, who appears as an actor in two other Sundance premieres, Save the Date and For a Good Time, Call..., weighs in with his second feature as director, playing a grieving father struggling to raise his two-year-old son alone. Read David Rooney's review here.

Hava Nagila (The Movie)

Roberta Grossman's documentary details the history of the bar mitzvah mainstay that has been covered by the likes of Elvis, Glen Campbell and Bruce Springsteen. Read Frank Scheck's review here.

Leviathan

Artfully abstract documentary explores life and death aboard New England fishing boat. Read Stephen Dalton's review here.

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet

Comprehensive overview of the global environmental movement reveals the scope of past accomplishments and the breadth of problems awaiting resolution. Read Justin Lowe's review here.

The Sweeney

Nick Love's film, a reboot of the 1970s British police show, co-stars Ray Winstone and Homeland actor Damian Lewis. Read Stephen Dalton's review here.

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