A time-bending neurosurgeon, a non-violent war hero and trolls and are among what’s headed to theaters this weekend in Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge and Trolls.
Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter’s critics are saying about the weekend’s new offerings, and click here to see how they’re expected to perform at the box office.
Marvel’s newest addition to its blockbuster features takes quite the deviation from its standard Iron Man, Captain America and Thor lineup. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as genius-neurosurgeon-turned-mystical and magical time-bending superhero Doctor Strange, the film takes more notes from Inception than it does from traditional Marvel movies. “Determined, among other things, to beat Christopher Nolan at his own game when it comes to folding, bending and upending famous cityscapes to stupendous effect,” writes THR film critic Todd McCarthy, “this action movie ostensibly rooted in the mind-expanding tenets of Eastern mysticism is different enough to establish a solid niche alongside the blockbuster combine’s established money machines.” Read the full review here.
It’s been 10 years since the release of the highly controversial Apocalypto, and 10 years since Mel Gibson directed a movie. Starring Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge marks Gibson’s return to film. Set in the Pacific during WWII, the film follows the remarkable story of Desmond Doss (Garfield), the first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Without even carrying a single weapon into battle, Doss single-handedly carried 75 wounded men to safety during the 1945 Battle of Okinawa. “The film’s firm anchor, its moral compass and its considerable heart is Garfield, inhabiting his frontline position as both character and performer with extraordinary fortitude and grace,” writes THR film critic David Rooney. Read the full review here.
DreamWorks Animation’s newest endeavor — featuring the brand of toys created in 1959 — breaks grounds visually, but may be lacking in the originality department, writes THR film critic Michael Rechtshaffen. “If you could take the Shrek, Happy Feet and Smurfs movies, toss them in a blender and hit the pulse button a few times, the result would be a pretty reasonable approximation of Trolls, an admittedly vibrant-looking but awfully recognizable animated musical comedy concoction,” he writes. “The film begins with the discovery that all is not rainbows and cupcakes for the joyous creatures, who’ve become mood-altering nourishment for the grumpy, ogre-like Bergens and their ruler, King Gristle (John Cleese).” Read the full review here.