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A teddy bear with a potty mouth, a heroic dog and Batkid are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of Ted 2, Max and Batkid Begins.
Also hitting theaters this weekend: Kate Winslet‘s period drama A Little Chaos.
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).
Seth MacFarlane‘s sequel brings the profane teddy bear and Mark Wahlberg together again as Ted challenges the court for the right to adopt a baby with his new wife Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). THR film critic Frank Scheck writes that the film delivers “the same brand of anarchic, vulgar humor” and that the relationship between Wahlberg’s character and Ted will “no doubt deepen even further in the inevitable third installment.” Read the full review here.
Director Boaz Yakin‘s (Remember the Titans) film features a Belgian Malinois as the lead character of Max, a military working dog who is adopted by his marine partner’s family, helping them overcome their war-related grief. THR film critic Sheri Linden feels the film is not a drama and writes in her review, “Families who have already seen Inside Out might be enticed, along with moviegoers who are eager to root for a heroic hound and are not put off by the military angle.”
Dana Nachman‘s documentary features the wish heard around the world as five-year-old leukemia patient Miles is given the opportunity by the Make-A-Wish foundation to be Batkid for the day, fighting villains through his very own Gotham City in San Francisco. THR film critic Justin Lowe writes in his review that “it’s likely to remain one of the more notable experiences in recent collective memory.”
Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts and Stanley Tucci star alongside director Alan Rickman in the 17th century tale of two landscape artists who fall in love while working on King Louis XIV‘s gardens at Versailles. THR film critic David Rooney writes in his review that “the story is engaging, the pretty locations and costumes are easy on the eyes, and the cast capable if rarely required to do much.”
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