Luca Guadagnino's follow-up to 'Call Me by Your Name' and the hostage drama starring Susan Sarandon will hit theaters Friday.
This coming weekend's main attraction is Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria, which depicts the nightmarish events that occur at a dance academy in 1970s Berlin.
Other movies, such as war drama Indivisible and action flick Hunter Killer, will also hit theaters Friday. The latter features Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman in the leading roles.
Susan Sarandon plays a nurse whose son is captured overseas in Maryam Keshavarz's sophomore project, Viper Club, and Rowan Atkinson reprises his titular role in Johnny English Strikes Again, the third film in the series. Both are set for a Friday release.
Read below to see what critics for The Hollywood Reporter had to say about this weekend's offerings.
Luca Guadagnino's remake of Dario Argento's 1977 horror film, Suspiria, stars Dakota Johnson as American dancer Susie Bannion, who, after joining a German dance academy, discovers that it's run by a coven of witches. The film also stars Tilda Swinton as Bannion's mentor and Mia Goth and Chloe Grace Moretz as fellow students. THR critic David Rooney said in his review that the two-an-a-half hour runtime felt "unnecessarily drawn out" and added, "Guadagnino has made an ambitious homage, but it doesn’t really benefit from its more intellectualized gaze, instead draining the stomach-churning thrills of great horror."
Grey's Anatomy alums Sarah Drew and Justin Bruening reunite in Indivisible, a faith-based film inspired by the true story of a couple fighting to save their marriage after the husband, a decorated Army chaplain, returns from Iraq. Drew, who exited Grey's earlier this year after nine seasons, also served as an executive producer on the film. Tia Mowry and Station 19's Jason George round out the cast.
Gerard Butler traverses arctic waters in a submarine in Hunter Killer, a film that follows Butler's character, Capt. Joe Glass, who leads a team of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped Russian president. Gary Oldman plays Admiral Charles Donnegan alongside Common and Linda Cardellini. The film, directed by Donovan Marsh, is based on the novel Firing Point by Don Keith and George Wallace.
In Viper Club, Susan Sarandon plays an ER nurse at her wit's end when the government proves ineffective in rescuing her kidnapped journalist son from Syria. Her character, Helen, takes matters into her own hands and delves into the dark web for other means of rescuing him. The film also stars Matt Bomer as her son's friend and Edie Falco as Charlotte, a mother of a former hostage who introduces Helen to the “Viper Club," an underground network of fixers overseas. THR critic Jordan Mintzer wrote in his review, "If Viper Club’s original setup keeps things interesting, the pedestrian and sometimes overtly sentimental filmmaking undermines what could have been a more powerful movie."
"If you are going to base an entire movie franchise on a single joke, it needs to be a really good joke," THR's Stephen Dalton wrote at the beginning of his review of the third Johnny English film. In the spy genre spoof, Rowan Atkinson plays an bumbling secret agent who comes out of retirement to investigate a cyber attack on British intelligence service, MI7. The cast also includes Emma Thompson and actual Bond girl Olga Kurylenko. Dalton summed up his opinion of the movie, stating, "Crucially, this tired Bond spoof is now less funny than most official 007 films."