In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'No Escape,' 'We Are Your Friends' and More
Read what THR's critics are saying about post-apocalyptic flicks 'Z for Zachariah' and 'Turbo Kid.'
A family in danger, a young DJ and an unhappy couple are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of No Escape, We Are Your Friends and Z For Zachariah.
Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings.
Owen Wilson turns into an action hero in his latest film, playing an American businessman who relocates his family to Southeast Asia, only to get caught in the middle of a violent uprising. Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan also star. THR film critic Stephen Dalton writes in his review, "Critics will dismiss it, but No Escape does a briskly efficient job with its elemental ingredients of ever-present threat and sporadically graphic violence."
Zac Efron gets musical again, this time portraying Cole Carter, an up and coming San Fernando valley DJ trying to make a name for himself in Hollywood. Carter's track impresses a DJ (Wes Bentley) who takes him under his wing, only to complicate things as Carter starts to fall for the DJ's girlfriend Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski). THR reviews editor Jon Frosch writes in his review, "We Are Your Friends is predictable, sometimes tacky, but the energy is unflagging, the eye candy plentiful and writer-director Max Joseph (making his feature debut after hosting MTV’s Catfish) brings sincerity and a skillfully modulated sweetness to the material. Don’t be shocked if the movie steamrolls past your defenses — unless you’re an EDM aficionado, in which case you’ll surely find reason to roll your eyes."
Z For Zachariah
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie and Chris Pine bring Robert C. O’Brien's novel to life about survival in a post-apocolyptic world.THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review that the film, "doesn’t sufficiently develop those turbulent undercurrents of tension and intrigue that are called for in the hothouse circumstances." McCarthy adds, "Despite the solid efforts of the only actors in the piece, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie and Chris Pine, this Roadside Attractions release from Lionsgate looks to be a modest commercial performer."
The Sundance film follows an orphaned kid who goes on a journey to save the girl of his dreams in a futuristic world.The film's cast includes Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Aaron Jeffery and Edwin Wright. THR film critic John DeFore writes in his review, "A pitch-perfect pastiche that never mocks its inspirations, the picture is silly fun to warm the hearts of aging fanboys and delight hipsters who weren't yet born the first time Mel Gibson donned Max's leathers."
Alex and Stephen Kendrick's faith-based film follows a married couple and their two kids who seem to have it all, but beneath the surface the family seeks prayer to help them survive a failing marriage. T.C. Stallings, Elizabeth Becka and Noel Baker star in the Sony Pictures Entertainment Christian drama.