In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Bridget Jones's Baby,' 'Snowden,' 'Blair Witch'
Read what THR's critics are saying about the films opening Friday.
Witchcraft, leaked government secrets and babies are among what's headed to theaters this weekend in Blair Witch, Snowden, and Bridget Jones's Baby.
Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings, and click here to see how they're expected to perform at the box office.
Once again a group of film students trek into the woods near Burkittsville, Md., in an attempt to document the mysterious and evil witch who lives there. And once again, most of them do not make it out alive. Directed by Adam Wingard (The Guest, You're Next, and V/H/S) the film tells the story of James Donahue, the younger brother of the ill-fated "director" of the first film, Heather Donahue, as he sets off into the woods with his crew of friends in hopes of finding a shred of evidence about the disappearance of his sister. "This clean-cut Scooby crew are equipped not just with conventional digital cameras and GPS-equipped phones, but also drones to give them aerial views of the woods, a gimmick that pays off in one of the film's better set-pieces later," writes THR film critic Leslie Felperin in her review. Read the full review here.
Renee Zellweger returns to her familiar role as a single woman looking for true love and downing bottles of chardonnay. Of the film, coming 12 years after the series' sequel, THR film critic Leslie Felperin writes: "Much depends on how well and how affectionately viewers remember the earlier entries in the heroine’s journal, starting with Bridget Jones’s Diary from 2001 and its much less necessary sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason from 2004." As the title suggests, Jones is pregnant. The conflict of the story being that she doesn't know who the father is. Patrick Dempsey, who plays the handsome and extremely wealthy mathematician American Jack, is one possible option. Mark Darcy, Jones' former love played by Colin Firth, is the second. But the pregnancy drama is perhaps not enough to suffice. "The character herself floats through the film, barely interested in the men battling for her love, barely interested in her baby, suffused with a can’t-be-arsed lassitude that deflates the whole film," writes Felperin. Read the full review here.
Directed by Platoon's Oliver Stone, the film documents perhaps the most important release of classified government information by the real-life former CIA intelligence contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden, the viewer is taken through the events that motivated Snowden to leak NSA documents on illegal global surveillance in 2013, as well as the leaking process itself and Snowden's eventual flee from the country. The film also stars Star Trek's Zachary Quinto as Guardian journalist Glen Greenwald, and Edward Snowden himself in a short scene near the end of the movie. "Stone’s direction is measured, methodical and totally lacking in the fire and flamboyance that sometimes electrified and sometimes ruined his earlier films," writes THR film critic Stephen Farber. "It may hurt that we know the ending of Snowden’s story, though of course his legacy is still being debated." Read the full review here.