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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 box office).
Jodie Foster’s financial thriller stars George Clooney as a TV investment personality who, along with his producer (Julia Roberts), is held hostage by an upset viewer of the show who lost all of his money after following Clooney’s character’s advice. The film received a standing ovation at its Cannes premiere where it screened out of competition. THR‘s film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review that the film “lacks any suspense,” calling it “an ordinary film about an extraordinary situation.” Read the full review here.
After making its Sundance debut, the film starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Lea Seydoux is set in a dystopian world where citizens must choose mates or else they turn into an animal. THR film critic Leslie Felperin writes that the stars produce “electric” acting. “The result is a richly rewarding but often very disturbing, even harrowing work, and while the cast have clearly embraced the chance to go dark, make-up free and explore a different sort of method, even arthouse-friendly audiences may balk at this strange-flavored brew.” Read the full review here.
Love & Friendship
Whit Stillman’s adaptation of the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny as women with marriage on their minds. Beckinsale plays Lady Susan Vernon Martin who has no money or husband, but a strong knowledge of men, which she uses to play matchmaker to her single daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark) and to give advice to her friend Alicia Johnson (Sevigny). Martin is also looking for a husband for herself. McCarthy writes in his review that the film “remains buoyant through most of its short running time but lacks the stirring emotional hooks found in the best Austen works, on the page as well as the screen.”
Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons and Luke Evans are engulfed in a class warfare between residents of a luxurious London skyscraper in this film, based on British sci-fi author J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel High Rise. THR film critic Stephen Dalton writes that the film looks “magnificent” but is a “rich and fascinating mess.” Read the full review here.
Kevin Bacon and Jennifer Morrison co-star in the horror about a family who returns from their Grand Canyon vacation have brought supernatural beings home with them.
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