In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation,' 'Vacation' and More
Read what THR's critics are saying about Jason Segel's 'The End of the Tour' and the Katherine Heigl starrer 'Jenny's Wedding.'
A secret agent, the Griswold family and a genius are coming to theaters this weekend with the releases of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Vacation and The End of the Tour.
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).
Tom Cruise returns as agent Ethan Hunt who eradicates terrorists in the franchise's fifth installment co-starring Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review, "Thanks to a sharp script that springs a real surprise or two and a pace that never slackens, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation rates as the second-best of the numerous franchise titles of the summer, after Mad Max: Fury Road."
Ed Helms and Christina Applegate star in Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley's reboot of the 1983 hit National Lampoon's Vacation. Leslie Mann, Chris Hemsworth, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo also star in the family comedy that follows a grown Rusty Griswold (Helms) who takes his family on the memorable road trip he once took with his parents to Walley World. THR film critic Stephen Farber writes in his review that it was uncomfortable for him to sit "stone-faced at a comedy while others in the theater are whooping with laughter." He added, "Judging from the laughter around me, this new movie should be popular, though it remains to be seen whether the hard-R rating will hurt business for what is essentially a family comedy."
The End of the Tour
Jason Segel channels the late genius David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg plays Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky who spent five days profiling Wallace in the James Ponsoldt-directed film. THR film critic David Rooney notes in his review that Segel's performance is his best work since Freaks and Geeks. He adds, "The film considers such intangibles as the illusory bond of friendship between ambitious interviewer and celebrated subject, professional envy, the loneliness of writing, the mental transference of reading, and the sheer exhilarating buzz of stimulating two-way conversation."
Katherine Heigl plays a lesbian planning her gay wedding that her parents find hard to accept. THR reviews editor John Frosch writes in his review, "the movie, about a thirtyish lesbian whose coming-out rattles her traditional Midwestern parents, teases us with pointed moments of humor, truth and emotion only to devolve, again and again, into broad, Hallmark-style dramedy. The result is watchably messy and well-meaning, with a handful of scenes and performances worth savoring and a distinct whiff of squandered opportunity."
Director Keith Miller shines a light on the idea of fatherhood depicting Bloods gang member Primo, who raises the son of his slain mentor by the rules of the streets. THR film critic John DeFore writes in his review,"Following up on his lauded debut, Welcome to Pine Hill, Miller again blends fiction and reality to fine effect. If the result is less sensationalistic than mainstream auds might expect in a film about drug dealers, it remains sure to build critical support for the emerging auteur."
Northmen – A Viking Saga
Claudio Fah features the violent mayhem of the Vikings, who face off against the the reign of a Scottish king. THR film critic Frank Scheck writes in his review, "Lavishly staged and beautifully photographed, Northmen – A Viking Saga features enough energetic sword clanging to satisfy its target audience, although they're more likely to catch it on VOD than in its limited theatrical release."