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Find out what The Hollywood Reporter‘s critics are saying about the weekend’s new offerings (along with which film will top the weekend’s box office).
Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris star in director David Fincher‘s adaptation of the best-selling novel about a man who becomes the focus of a murder investigation when his wife disappears. In his review, THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy calls the film a “sharply made, perfectly cast and unfailingly absorbing melodrama.”
In this prequel to last year’s The Conjuring, a couple is terrorized by an evil doll. John R. Leonetti directed Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola and Alfre Woodard in the horror flick. Employing “gimmicky” but “effective” scares, “the film is ultimately so generic and formulaic that you’ll probably forget it by the time you get home,” writes THR film critic Frank Scheck in his review.
Only a small group of people remain on Earth after everyone else disappears in director Vic Armstrong‘s adaptation of the popular book series. Nicolas Cage, Lea Thompson, Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan and Jordin Sparks star. “The rapture won’t come soon enough for the unfortunate souls forced to suffer through Left Behind,” according to Scheck. Read his full review here.
Men, Women & Children
Teens and their parents are affected by the sexual frustrations of the digital age in director Jason Reitman‘s adaptation of the 2011 novel. Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer and Dean Norris round out the cast. McCarthy writes in his review that the film “skillfully navigates through the personal melodramas of many characters with a nice sense of balance and a sharp appreciation of generational differences.”
Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany and Corey Stoll star in director Philippe Falardeau‘s drama about an employment-agency counselor who assists a group of Sudanese refugees. In her review, THR film critic Leslie Felperin calls this a “touching, generous-hearted movie” that is “more nuanced” than recent hit The Blind Side.
Nas: Time Is Illmatic
One9 directs this documentary about the making of rapper Nas‘ classic 1994 album Illmatic. THR film critic John DeFore writes in his review that the doc is “an evocative appreciation” of the album.
The Hero of Color City
Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez, Wayne Brady, Craig Ferguson and Owen Wilson provide voices in director Frank Gladstone‘s animated film about crayons that come to life to save the world from a terrible monster. The film is “pleasant and forgettable,” according to Scheck’s review.
The Blue Room (La Chambre bleue)
Mathieu Amalric directs Lea Drucker, Stephanie Cleau, Laurent Poitrenaux and himself in the thriller about a married man who is wanted by the authorities after a mysterious affair. The film features “taut performances” and tells “a familiar story in ways that can feel compellingly new,” writes THR film critic Jordan Mintzer in his review.
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