New Movie Reviews: '50/50,' 'What's Your Number?' 'Take Shelter,' 'Sarah Palin - You Betcha!' Hitting Theaters

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What do THR’s critics have to say about the new films opening Friday?

Releasing companies have chosen not to press screen two major releases this weekend, Universal’s Dream House and TriStar’s Courageous. But plenty of films were previously seen at festivals such as Toronto and Sundance.

The Big If movie is Summit Entertainment’s 50/50. It stars four of the hot young actors of Hollywood -- Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard -- so what’s the Big If? Well, if audiences can get past that it’s about the Big C, then it may enjoy solid box office returns. Cancer has played a role in a number of films and TV shows, including comedies, in recent years, so this may be no handicap.

VIDEO: Watch Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in '50/50' Trailer

Anna Faris and Chris Evans make a fine romantic pair in 20th Century Fox's What's Your Number? They play a couple, each of whom has been around the block more than a few times but are clearly no worse for the wear.

Meanwhile, Sony Classics’ Take Shelter, from director Jeff Nichols, stars the ubiquitous Jessica Chastain and one of the top American characters actors, Michael Shannon.

Vet documentarians Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill take a look at the former vice-presidential candidate in Sarah Palin — You Betcha!

VIDEO: 'Sarah Palin: You Betcha!' Trailer Debuts

In his directing debut, Eli Craig pays tribute to Midnight Movies with his horror spoof, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.

See what The Hollywood Reporter's critics have to say about those films -- and others opening this weekend -- and find out how well they are expected to perform at the box office.

This cancer comedy, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anna Kendrick, was written by Will Reiser, who drew upon his own experiences battling a rare form of the disease.
Click here to read Kirk Honeycutt's review.

What's Your Number?
The romantic comedy centers on a woman who vows that her next hook-up will be The One.
Click here to read Kirk Honeycutt's review.

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Take Shelter
This is a riveting blend of thriller, domestic drama and supernatural horror propelled by a brilliant lead performance.
Click here to read David Rooney's review.

Lonergan’s long-delayed follow-up to his debut, "You Can Count on Me," is in some ways an Upper West opera. Click here to read Sheri Linden's review.

Sarah Palin -- You Betcha!
Fleshing out now familiar material, Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill present an entertaining look albeit one without huge dramatic discoveries about one of America’s most famous politicians.
Click here to read John DeFore's review.

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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Eli Craig's feature directorial debut is an endearingly cheeky tribute to suspense and slasher classics.
Click here to read Justin Lowe's review.

Benda Bilili!
In this disturbing and inspirational documentary, filmmakers Renaud Barret and Florent de la Tullaye focus on an amazing street band, the Staff Benda Bilili.
Click here to read Duane Byrge's review.

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Finding Joe
Twenty "visionaries" talk to the camera about Joseph Campbell's major findings in his life-long study of mythology and the human experience.
Click here to read Kirk Honeycutt's review.

Also opening is this weekend are American Teacher, Force, Munger Road, My Joy and Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster.

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