New Movie Reviews: 'Tower Heist,' 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,' 'The Son of No One' Hitting Theaters

Tower Heist - Movie Still: Group at Table - H - 2011
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What is THR's critical take on the films getting released Friday?

The first weekend of November sees two big comedies opening along with a bittersweet rock dramedy and a gritty cop drama.

Universal leads the way with Brett Ratner’s comic caper flick Tower Heist. Like the Ocean’s series, Heist comes with an all-star cast, including Ben Stiller as the straight man, Eddie Murphy as the rude, confrontational wiseass and Alan Alda as the Bernie Madoff-like swindler.

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The other big comedy premiering this weekend is the third installment in the Harold & Kumar series, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, from Warner Bros./New Line Cinema.

Also opening this week is Killing Bono, a British dramedy about a pair of brothers who attended school with U2 but could never replicate their success as musicians.

On the serious side, Dito Montiel’s Sundance movie Son of No One, from NuImage/Millennium Films, a gritty cop drama about hidden secrets set in post-9/11 New York starring Al Pacino and Katie Holmes, opens in select theaters. 

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Here's what The Hollywood Reporter's critics have to say about those films -- and others opening this weekend -- and see how they are expected to perform at the box office:

Tower Heist
Brett Ratner's comic caper about coworkers who turn the tables on a Bernie Madoff type is a smoothly engineered crowd pleaser. Click here to read Todd McCarthy's review.

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A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
It’s Harold & Kumar vs. Christmas and, yes, Christmas wins out. Click here to read Kirk Honeycutt's review.

Charlotte Rampling: The Look
An engaging doc reveals plenty of sweet Charlotte along with a little hush-hush. Click here to read Jordan Mintzer's review.

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The Son of No One
Atmospheric and intriguing, this cop movie revolving around a buried secret and occurring in two time frames stars Al Pacino and Katie Holmes. Click here to read John DeFore's review.

Killing Bono
Adapted from rock critic Neil McCormick’s autobiography, Nick Hamm's British comedy stars Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan and Krysten Ritter. Click here to read Jordan Mintzer's review.

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Young Goethe in Love
German director Philipp Stölzl's film falls gently between the stools of high-brow camp and genuine seduction by its many period charms, fine actors and lovely landscapes. Click here to read John DeFore's review.