In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of '12 Years a Slave,' 'The Fifth Estate' and More

What THR's critics say about the movies opening this weekend.

Steve McQueen's biopic 12 Years a Slave, which has received high praise from film critics, hits theaters on Friday.

The historical drama stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery. Ejiofor is joined by a star-studded cast including Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt. The Fox Searchlight Film first debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in August where the cast and crew received a standing ovation.

Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office.

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12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen's slave drama stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

The Fifth Estate

Bill Condon's look at WikiLeaks centers on the falling-out between Julian Assange and a key ally. Read John DeFore's review here.


Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore star in Kimberly Peirce's remake of the 1976 horror classic, based on the novel by Stephen King. Read David Rooney's review here.

Escape Plan

Aging action heroes Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger take the screen together in this pulpy retro-actioner from director Mikael Hafstrom. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

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Kill Your Darlings

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan head the ensemble in this jazzy exploration of the birth of the Beat Generation via a violent footnote. Read David Rooney's review here.

All Is Lost

Robert Redford leads a rugged survival-at-sea story from the Margin Call director. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.


Vincenzo Natali offers the ghost's side of the story in a sober, supernatural take on Groundhog Day. Read John DeFore's review here.

I'm in Love With a Church Girl

A former drug kingpin romances a religious woman in this faith-based drama. Read Frank Scheck's review here.

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American Promise

This special jury prize-winning documentary follows two African American boys, who start out at New York's Dalton School, over 13 years. Read Duane Byrge's review here.

Big Ass Spider!

A King Kong-sized spider terrorizes downtown L.A. in Mike Mendez's fun cheapie. Read John DeFore's review here.

2 Jacks

Danny Huston and his nephew Jack star in this modern-day adaptation of Tolstoy's short story The Two Hussars. Read Frank Scheck's review here.

The Human Scale

Adreas M. Dalsgaard's doc looks at efforts to make cities pedestrian-friendly. Read John DeFore's review here.

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The Snitch Cartel

Colombia's foreign language Oscar entry is lively but doesn’t offer nearly enough fresh variations on the Scarface formula. Read Stephen Farber's review here.


Jeremiah Birnbaum's drama explores the unlikely friendship between two mothers after their sons are killed in a shopping mall explosion. Read Frank Scheck's review here.