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An obsessive boyfriend, freaky grandparents and a man who witnesses heaven are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of The Perfect Guy, The Visit and 90 Minutes in Heaven.
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).
The Perfect Guy
Michael Ealy and Sanaa Lathan, unite along with Morris Chestnut for a thriller about what happens when a girl falls for the wrong guy. THR film critic Frank Scheck writes in his review that the film, “somehow wound up on the big screen instead of on Lifetime.”
Two kids’ visit with their grandparents turns into a nightmare in the comedy-horror film starring Kathryn Hahn. THR film critic Sheri Linden writes in her review, “Told from a camera-equipped kids’-eye view, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest is well cast and strong on setting. But the dull thudding that resounds isn’t part of its effective aural design; it’s the ungainly landing of nearly every shock and joke.”
90 Minutes in Heaven
Author Don Piper’s bestseller about a man who dies in a fatal car accident and later comes back to life is adapted for the big screen starring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth. Scheck writes, “Although it’s bound to attract the faithful much like the recent surprise hit War Room, 90 Minutes in Heaven feels more like two hours in purgatory.” Read the full review here.
Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie play ex-lovers who try and still be friends in a comedy that writer-director Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) frequently refers to as “When Harry Met Sally for assholes.” THR film critic Leslie Felperin writes in her review, “If the film fulfills its duty by providing emotionally the romcom equivalent of a money shot, it delays the gratification in interesting ways.”
Richard Gere stars as a homeless man, unable to maintain a job, who tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Jena Malone). Gere also serves as producer of the film. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes, “Tedium quickly sets in and is only sporadically relieved in this labor of love that simply doesn’t reward even the patient attention of sympathetic viewers. Theatrical prospects are meager.” Read the full review here.
Director Khalil Sullins dives into the world of mental telepathy in his film about graduate school students whose worlds unravel when they create technology to read human minds. Scheck writes in his review, “Listening features style to spare despite its obviously low budget. The film, which recently received its world premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival, instantly marks its creator as a talent to watch.”
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