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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).
Director George Miller reboots his post-apocalyptic franchise with Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. Hardy succeeds Mel Gibson as rebel Max Rockatansky in an action-packed race-on-wheels through the desert. THR film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review that “this madly entertaining new action extravaganza energetically kicks more ass, as well as all other parts of the anatomy, than any film ever made by a 70-year-old — and does so far more skillfully than those turned out by most young turks half his age.”
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow are back in a girl-powered sequel to their first aca-amazing number. Director Elizabeth Banks packs the film with bigger musical numbers and guest stars (Snoop Dogg, the Green Bay Packers) to pump up the competition that will determine the future of the Barden Bellas collegiate acapella group. “Banks, Cannon and the cast have crafted a sequel that’s edgier, sexier and, best of all, more female-centric than its predecessor,” THR film critic Leslie Felperin writes in her review.
I’ll See You in My Dreams
Brett Haley’s comedy-drama brings Blythe Danner back to the big screen as a retired widow looking step back into the dating world, scooping up Martin Starr and Sam Elliott as potential interests in the film. According to Felperin, the film is “very easy and pleasant to watch, like the cinematic equivalent of a warm woolen throw.” Read her full review here.
Ethan Hawke stars as a drone pilot fighting the Taliban in director Andrew Niccol’s drama. The film, puts Hawke in a role opposite of Boyhood, but THR film critic David Rooney writes in his review that the reunion with Niccol “yields the actor’s best screen role in years.”
Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning star in the Amy Berg-directed drama following two teens who were once convicted for an infant death. Years later, the two young women have finished serving their time and once again find themselves as prime suspects for the murder of another baby. The film is adapted from Laura Lippman’s 2003 novel. THR film critic Frank Scheck writes in his review that “despite the strenuous efforts of all involved, Every Secret Thing never manages to overcome its overwhelming air of artsy pretension.”
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