In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Avengers: Endgame' and 'The White Crow'

8:30 AM 4/26/2019

by Jasmyne Bell

Read the reviews of Friday's releases from the critics at The Hollywood Reporter.

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Avengers: Endgame

This Friday, audiences will have a couple new movies to view in theaters.

The highly anticipated final installment of Marvel's Avengers is finally here. Avengers: Endgame, starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth and more, will revisit the intense Marvel universe — post-Thanos snap. The remaining Avengers must go to battle once again to save the (rest of) the universe.

The White Crow, directed by Ralph Fiennes, depicts the story of dancer Rudolf Nureyev's defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961.

Read below to see what The Hollywood Reporter's critics wrote about this Friday's releases.

  • 'Avengers: Endgame'

    After Thanos wiped out half the population of the universe, the remaining Avengers hit the big screen one more time to conclude Marvel's 22-film installment.

    "The closest equivalent to Greek mythology the modern world has devised of late achieves a sense of closure in Avengers: Endgame. A gargantuan film by any standard, this three-hour extravaganza shuffles back into the action numerous significant characters seen in recent Marvel films as it wraps up an epic story in which the survival of the known universe is (once again) at stake," writes THR's Todd McCarthy. "While constantly eventful and a feast for the eyes, it's also notably more somber than its predecessors. But just when it might seem about to become too grim, Robert Downey Jr. rides to the rescue with an inspired serio-comic performance that reminds you how good he can be."

  • 'The White Crow'

    Based on the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanaugh, The White Crow follows the iconic ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and his defection from the Soviet Union in 1961.

    "The tale of Russian ballet great Rudolf Nureyev's youth and dramatic defection to the West in June 1961 is told in a credible but unnecessarily messy manner in The White Crow," writes THR critic Todd McCarthy. "Writer David Hare and director Ralph Fiennes have a good feel for the artistic world the story inhabits and professional dancer Oleg Ivenko does a more than creditable job in personifying one of the 20th century's most celebrated artistic figures, but the narrative bounces all over the place trying to cover too much ground when concentrating on the core drama would have far better served the desired end."