In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'The Longest Ride,' 'Clouds of Sils Maria' and More

'The Longest Ride'

Read what THR's critics are saying about the Ryan Gosling-directed 'Lost River' and the sci-fi thriller 'Ex Machina.'

A young couple, a fading actress and a single mom are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of The Longest Ride, Clouds of Sils Maria and Lost River.

Find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings.

The Longest Ride

The latest film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel centers on a young couple who rescue an older man from a car wreck. Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood and Jack Huston star in director George Tillman Jr.'s drama. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review that the "by-the-numbers romance" is "old-fashioned in all the most tedious ways," while Eastwood's "potential remains to be determined."

Clouds of Sils Maria

Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz star in director Olivier Assayas' drama about a beloved actress who takes a role in the play that launched her to stardom. McCarthy writes in his review that the film provides "an engaging, if rarefied, inside look at the private world of a star," and "Binoche and Stewart seem so natural and life-like."

Lost River

Ryan Gosling marks his directorial debut with this drama about a troubled single mother whose teenage son finds a hidden underwater town. Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Iain de Caestecker star. According to McCarthy, the film is "a visual and aural sensory bath that shows some real flair but feels madly derivative at every moment." Read his full review here. 

Ex Machina

A computer programmer examines a seductive female A.I. in director Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller, starring Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac. The film is a "classy piece of cerebral sci-fi" but "[promises] a psychological depth and dramatic punch that it never quite delivers," writes THR film critic Stephen Dalton in his review

Desert Dancer

Director Richard Raymond's drama stars Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie and Tom Cullen in the story of a man who aims to start a dance troupe in Iran, despite the dancing ban. "Desert Dancer too often lapses into generic cinematic cliches, failing to live up to the dramatic potential of its subject matter," according to THR film critic Frank Scheck's review

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