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A chef looking for redemption, rival political consultants and boy scouts are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of Burnt, Our Brand Is Crisis and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.
Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter‘s critics are saying about the weekend’s new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend’s box office).
Bradley Cooper tests his culinary skills as a former chef ready to make a comeback to the restaurant scene with the help of his sous chef/love interest played by Sienna Miller. THR reviews editor Jon Frosch writes: “Flashing his baby blues and a fiery temper, the actor gives a fully engaged performance that almost makes us want to forgive the movie’s laziness. Almost.” Read the full review here.
Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star as rival political consultants who play dirty while working on the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. George Clooney and Grant Heslov serve as co-producers on the drama. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes that the film is “[a]n oddball political outing that feels halfway between a studio film and an indie, as well as something between a farce and a political expose.” Read the full review here.
The merit badges of three young scouts are truly tested as they attempt to save their town from a zombie invasion. Actor Tye Sheridan leads the scouts with help from a cocktail waitress in the horror comedy. THR film critic John DeFore writes in his review that the film proves that “even beings deprived of the intellect and spirit granted to living humans can team up to produce a major-studio motion picture.”
Abigail Disney makes her directing debut in a film that explores the possibility of being both pro-gun and pro-life through Reverend Rob Schenck, a minister who is an activist for both. THR film critic Frank Scheck writes that the film, “puts a human face on the perpetually divisive topic.” Scheck adds about Schenck: “Watching him agonize over his decision—at one point he admits to fearing for his life—makes for compelling real-life drama.” Read the full review here.
Vivica A. Fox stars in this 80s-set drama about a highly praised high school football team in Texas whose star players are caught committing unimpressive crimes off the field.
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