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Also hitting theaters this weekend: Ian McKellen‘s Mr. Holmes and the documentary The Look of Silence.
Paul Rudd stars as Marvel’s tiny superhero in the sci-fi comedy directed by Peyton Reed. In the film, Scott Lang (Rudd) is a former master thief who is recruited by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to wear a suit that shrinks him in size and gives him superpowers to control an army of ants in the ultimate heist to defeat an evil villain. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review, “Although the story dynamics are fundamentally silly and the family stuff, with its parallel father-daughter melodrama, is elemental button-pushing, a good cast led by a winning Paul Rudd puts the nonsense over in reasonably disarming fashion.”
Amy Schumer stars in Judd Apatow‘s comedy as a journalist who is convinced that monogamy is unrealistic until she interviews sports doctor and good guy Aaron Conners (Bill Hader) who challenges her commitment-phobic tendencies. LeBron James, Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson and John Cena also make appearances in what THR film critic John DeFore calls a “deeply felt but crackingly funny screenplay.” Read the full review here.
Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix are Woody Allen‘s latest muses in his feature about a disturbed college professor who commits a crime while having a complicated relationship with a female student. THR film critic David Rooney writes in his review, “It ranks among the director’s more pleasurable entertainments of recent years.” He also adds that it has ” a gentle scent of nostalgia while at the same time remaining vigorous, intellectually engaging and even youthful.”
Ian McKellen and Bill Condon reunite to depict McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes who, after the death of Watson, revisits the case that caused him to retire from his detective life. Rooney writes in his review, “The film belongs unequivocally to McKellen, who, in his still-spry mid-70s, shifts with ease between playing a man some 15 years younger than himself and the same character at a far more advanced age.
The Look of Silence
Director Joshua Oppenheimer‘s follow-up documentary to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing reveals the men behind the mass Indonesia murders of the 1960’s. THR film critic Deborah Young writes in her review that the Cannes’ winning film is “riveting.” She adds that both Silence and The Act of Killing have value due to “the anguishing new light they cast on the darkest reaches of human evil.”
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