In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Minions,' 'The Gallows' and More
Read what THR's critics are saying about the Ryan Reynolds thriller 'Self/less' and the documentary 'Do I Sound Gay?'
Minions, high schoolers and immortals are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of Minions, The Gallows and Self/less.
Also hitting theaters this weekend: Ryan Reynolds' thriller Self/less and the documentary Do I Sound Gay?
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 memorable sidekicks in Despicable Me are back for more shenanigans in their own animated prequel featuring the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney and Michael Keaton. THR film critic Boyd Van Hoeij writes in his review that "the film's slapsticky gags are often amusing," but he also notes that the anticipated feature lacks structure. "Unfortunately, this robs the film of much of what made its predecessors stand out, with the story lacking a clear narrative and emotional throughline to connect all of the film’s set pieces," adds Hoeij.
The teen horror film follows the chilling acts of revenge that occur after high school kids seek to sabotage a school play. THR film critic Stephen Farber describes the film in his review as a cheesy remake of the "found footage" film trend which has previously been the formula for The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. "It has enough mild scares to captivate the under-25 crowd," adds Farber.
Ben Kingsley is reincarnated as Ryan Reynolds in the psychological thriller that explores the idea of immortality. Farber writes, "The new film has more of a traditional thriller angle than the Frankenheimer film, so might have a better commercial shot, though its prospects still seem iffy." Read the full review here.
Do I Sound Gay?
Journalist-turned-director David Thorpe is the star of his documentary in which he explores the idea of one's voice determining sexual preference. The film is sprinkled with commentary from George Takei, David Sedaris Don Lemon and Project Runway's Tim Gunn. Van Hoeij writes in his review, "The overall result remains quite light, is occasionally funny but finally never manages to probe very deeply."
The Jay and Mark Duplass-produced Sundance flick (shot entirely on an iPhone) follows two transgender prostitutes through the streets of Los Angeles on Christmas Eve as they set out to teach a pimp a lesson. THR film critic David Rooney writes in his review, "The way in which the film draws together these various minorities and outcasts — from barely assimilated immigrants to scrawny white crack whores to transgender amazons throwing shade or just trying to make a buck — is surprisingly heartwarming."