In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Project Almanac,' 'Black or White' and More

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'Black or White'

Read what THR's critics are saying about the James Marsden-Karl Urban thriller 'The Loft' and the rom-com 'Amira & Sam.'

A bunch of time-traveling teens, a young girl and a smitten soldier are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of Project Almanac, Black or White and Amira & Sam.

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).

Project Almanac

Director Dean Israelite's sci-fi thriller centers on a group of high school students who discover a time machine. Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D'Elia and Sam Lerner star. THR film critic John DeFore writes in his review that the film "begins as a marginally fun diversion before proving to have nearly no interest in the possibilities of its premise."

Black or White

Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Ehle, Gillian Jacobs and Anthony Mackie star in director Mike Mills' drama about a custody battle over a young mixed-race girl. The film is a "well-performed and occasionally amusing affair," according to THR film critic Jordan Mintzer's review.

The Loft

Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller and Eric Stonestreet star in director Erik Van Looy's thriller, centering on five married men who find a dead woman in their secret bachelor pad. "Erotic thrillers are a time-tested genre, but this effort ... is neither erotic nor thrilling," writes THR film critic Frank Scheck in his review.

Amira & Sam

A former soldier's relationship with an Iraqi woman is jeopardized when she faces deportation in director Sean Mullin's rom-com. Martin Starr, Dina Shihabi and Paul Wesley star. According to DeFore, this is "a movie that handles race, class and militarism with a light touch," and it provides a "welcome change for lead Martin Starr." Read the full review here. 

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