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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).
Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara and John Carroll Lynch star in director Anne Fletcher‘s (The Proposal) action-comedy about a straight-laced cop trying to help a drug dealer’s widow. THR film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review that the “jaw-droppingly klutzy law enforcement farce” doesn’t do any “favors to the appealing but ill-served (and poorly photographed) co-stars Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara.”
A high school reunion chair tries to convince the most popular guy in his graduating class to attend the event in co-directors Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul‘s comedy. Jack Black, James Marsden and Kathryn Hahn star. According to McCarthy, “dark and sometimes funny, The D Train is a feel-bad comedy, in that one feels bad for what happens to every character in the film and bad for sometimes being taken to places that feel more implausible than just transgressive.” Read his full review here.
Director Henry Hobson‘s zombie drama stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson in the story of a father helping his daughter after she gets infected. Schwarzenegger “acquits himself respectably” in the film, but some viewers may “have trouble with its dour tone and lack of action,” THR film critic John DeFore writes in his review.
Josh Duhamel, Maria Bello, Laura Dern and Lucas Till star in director Daniel Duran‘s drama centering on a musician struggling with his position in life. “Assembling its series of clichés into a nearly indigestible mess, Bravetown squanders an excellent cast in a melodrama that, with only slight tonal tweaks, could pass for parody,” according to THR film critic Frank Scheck‘s review.
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Caroll Spinney, who plays Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street, is the subject of co-directors Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker‘s documentary. Scheck writes in his review that the film “shines a much-deserved spotlight on this unheralded artist,” although it “does get a bit sentimental and treacly at times.”
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