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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).
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in director Colin Trevorrow‘s reboot of Steven Spielberg‘s blockbuster franchise. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review, “Universal’s big summer action release is sufficiently toothsome to make audiences everywhere happy for a return visit to a once-wild world that superficially looks as safe and domesticated as a Universal Studios tour.”
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon‘s Sundance hit follows high school senior Greg (Thomas Mann) who is forced by his mother to befriend his cancer-stricken classmate Rachel (Olivia Cooke). The film is a comedy and a tearjerker with a cast including Molly Shannon, Connie Britton and Nick Offerman. THR film critic John DeFore writes, “Film-geek friendly but thoroughly accessible and very funny, it has the makings of a mainstream hit. Read the full review here.
Live From New York!
The Saturday Night Live documentary, from director Bao Nyguyen, highlights the show’s legacy in reflecting American culture. In honor of the show’s 40th anniversary, SNL alums Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, and Jimmy Fallon give their commentary on the show that propelled their comedic careers. According to DeFore, “Though more consistently entertaining (and a lot more fleet-footed) than February’s snore-inducing anniversary special, it contains next to nothing that will surprise the show’s fans.” Read the full review here.
Set Fire to the Stars
Elijah Wood co-produces and stars in this drama recounting the relationship between poet Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones) and his tour-agent John Brinnin in the 1950s. THR film critic Neil Young writes in his review that the film celebrates Thomas’ centenary and “takes a non-incendiary, safe-hands approach to potentially combustible material.”
The Crystal Moselle-directed documentary was a winner at Sundance for depicting seven siblings raised in near-isolation in downtown Manhattan. DeFore writes in his review that the film seems to onle be “scratching the surface of a story one suspects is a good deal thornier than what’s explicitly shown.”
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