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Directed by Gabriele Muccino, Butler plays a retired international soccer player who moves to Virginia to rebuild a relationship with his son and ex-wife, Stacie (Biel), who is engaged to someone else. Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid also appear in the film.
Read what The Hollywood Reporter‘s film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office.
Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam and Kate Mara star in this violent quasi-Western set in snowbound north Michigan and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, whose film “The Counterfeiters” won the foreign-language Oscar in 2008. Read David Rooney’s review here.
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
The comedy drama, adapted from the 1932 novel by Julia Strachey, offers a pleasing storyline with spot-on production values and a fine cast. Read John DeFore’s review here.
Top Bollywood actors comprise the voice cast of India’s first locally made stereoscopic 3D animated film; an American version featuring Jane Lynch and Tom Kenny opens Dec. 7. Read Lisa Tsering’s review here.
José Henrique Fonseca’s film makes a striking and moving portrait of a long-ago Brazilian football star whose temper always got the better of him. Read Kirk Honeycutt’s review here.
In Our Nature
A warring father and son are forced to spend a weekend together in Brian Savelson‘s well-cast indie drama. Read Frank Scheck’s review here.
Lay the Favorite
A serio-comic true-life tale follows a big-mouthed “private dancer”, played by Rebecca Hall, who aspires to be a Vegas cocktail waitress but instead becomes a valued aide to a pro gambler. Read Todd McCarthy’s review here.
Only the Young
Set in recession-wilted SoCal suburbia, Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims’ nonfiction feature focuses on an endearing trio of teenage Christian punks. Read Sheri Linden’s review here.
Bill and Turner Ross‘ film follows three African-American brothers navigating one night of New Orleans’ nightlife. Read John DeFore’s review here.
Fitzgerald Family Christmas
Edward Burns returns to his working class, Irish Catholic roots in this dysfunctional family comedy/drama. Read Frank Scheck’s review here.
This relatively even-handed look at the Thai young-girl boxing craze likely will incite some heated opposition. Read Michael Rechtshaffen’s review here.
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