THR Reviews 'Bridesmaids,' 'Priest,' 'Everything Must Go,' More

5:00 AM PST 05/13/2011 by Paula Zulian
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"Bridesmaids"

Wondering which film to go see this weekend? Check out what THR's critics say about the movies opening Friday.

On Friday, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph star in Bridesmaids, a comedy about a witty thirtysomething woman who is her own worst enemy; "The Da Vinci Code" co-star Paul Bettany dons another cleric robe for a creature feature that borrows heavily from various film formulas; and Will Ferrell plays an alcoholic in Everything Must Go. Those are just three of several new titles that moviegoers can choose from this weekend. 

See what The Hollywood Reporter's critics have to say about the films below and find out how they're expected to perform at the weekend box office.
 
Bridesmaids 
Bottom Line: Kristen Wiig scores in an erratic gross comedy that truthfully connects where it counts.
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Priest 
Bottom Line: Doesn’t have a prayer. 
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Everything Must Go
Bottom Line: Using an acting muscle hitherto ignored, Will Ferrell isn't able to track the ups-and-downs in the story's dramatic beats. 
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Hesher 
Bottom Line: Too dark for a very broad audience, it will flummox some viewers drawn by its cast but will strike others with its more-than-prickly approach and standoffish humor. 
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How to Live Forever 
Bottom Line: A frisky, inquisitive film about aging and a lively film about death all in one. 
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City of Life and Death
Bottom Line: Potently cinematic and full of personal stylistic bravura, City of Life and Death is one of only a few Chinese fictional features to tackle head-on the so-called Rape of Nanking: crimes against humanity committed during the Japanese occupation in 1937. 
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Skateland
Bottom Line: For an indie film, it's very well made, even rather slick, in fact. But what a thoroughly conventional movie it is. 
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The First Grader
Bottom Line: The film paints a vivid picture of rural and urban Kenya, and it also sketches some of the forgotten history of the country. 
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Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
Bottom Line: The film, unlike most documentaries, deserves to be seen on the big screen due to the sheer voluptuousness of its images.
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