Transformers: The Last Knight, and The Big Sick are among the new releases hitting theaters this weekend. Also opening Friday is Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled and dystopian tale The Bad Batch starring Suki Waterhouse, Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves.
Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend box office).
Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock and Anthony Hopkins star in the fifth installment of the Michael Bay-directed franchise. Together they race to uncover the secret world of the Transformers and help the autobots in the battle between good and evil. Jerrod Carmichael and Josh Duhamel also star. THR critic Frank Scheck writes in his review, "Anyone capable of explaining the near-incomprehensible storyline deserves a prize of some sort." Although the screenplay is ambitious, says Scheck, it's "all an overstuffed mess." Read the full review here.
Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan star in this romantic comedy based on the real-life story of Nanjiani's courtship with his now-wife, co-screenwriter Emily V. Gordon, who suffers from a rare illness. THR film critic John DeFore writes that the Judd Apatow-produced film is a "funny and tender drawn-from-life love story." Read the full review here.
Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning star in Sofia Coppola's remake of Don Siegel's 1971 Civil War melodrama that originally starred Clint Eastwood. Coppola scored best director honors for the pic at this year's Cannes Film Festival. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes, "Other than to place slightly more emphasis on the female empowerment angle of a group of Southern women turning the tables on an injured but scheming Yankee soldier they’ve taken into their isolated household, it’s hard to detect a strong raison d’etre behind Sofia Coppola’s slow-to-develop melodrama." Read the full review here.
The Bad Batch
Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves star in this dystopian tale where Waterhouse's character Arlen is a native Texan deemed unacceptable to America and thrown into a wasteland where she is left to navigate a vicious world of cannibals, mad men and scavengers. THR critic David Rooney writes in his review, "Running close to two hours, the movie is overlong and not without draggy patches, but it's sustained enough to keep you watching."
Seth Greenleaf's documentary follows athletes as they prepare for the National Gay Flag Football Championships. THR film critic Frank Scheck writes in his review that the film "doesn't score a cinematic touchdown" and "reveals that gay athletes can be just as dull as straight ones when they become the subject of documentaries."