In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Captain Phillips,' 'Romeo and Juliet' and More

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"Captain Phillips"

UPDATED: What THR's critics say about the movies opening this week.

Paul Greengrass' thrilling drama Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, is hitting theaters this weekend after premiering at New York Film Festival last month.

The high-seas biopic, based on events that unfolded in the spring of 2009, follows Hanks as the real-life Captain Richard Phillips, who was kidnapped by young Somali pirates while trying to save his crew on the U.S. cargo ship Maersk Alabama. Captain Phillips also stars Somali newcomer Barkhad Abdi as the Somali pirate captain, Muse, and Catherine Keener as Phillips' wife, Andrea.

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

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Captain Phillips

Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks team up for a pulsating account of the kidnapping of the captain of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

Romeo and Juliet

Julian Fellowes adapts a decorous but bland version of the Shakespearean romance, which features Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld. Read Todd McCarthy's review here


January Jones, Jason Isaacs, and Ed Harris star in Logan and Noah Miller's western, based on a story by Andrew McKenzie. Read Todd McCarthy's review here

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks appear in George Tillman Jr.'s film about two young kids forced to fend for themselves in a tough Brooklyn housing project. Read David Rooney's review here

Broadway Idiot

Doug Hamilton's documentary provides an all-access backstage pass to the rock musical "American Idiot," inspired by the Grammy-winning 2004 Green Day album. Read David Rooney's review here

Machete Kills

Robert Rodriguez's follow-up to 2010's Machete co-stars Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Amber Heard and Mel Gibson and includes an abundance of cameo appearances, including Lady Gaga in her feature debut. Read Justin Lowe's review here

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Escape From Tomorrow

Randy Moore’s first feature, about a man who finds out he's been fired from his job while on vacation, was shot surreptitiously at Disney World. Read Todd McCarthy's review here

Zero Charisma

A Dungeons & Dragons-obsessed nerd loses the only friends who think he's cool. Read John DeFore's review here

God Loves Uganda

Roger Ross Williams’ eye-opening documentary follows evangelicals who travel to Uganda to convert souls and demonize gays. Read James Greenberg's review here

I Will Follow You Into The Dark

A woman battles paranormal forces to rescue her missing boyfriend in Mark Edwin Robinson's horror film. Read Frank Scheck's review here


A deaf woman is haunted by the ghost of a serial killer's victim in Anthony DiBlasi's horror film. Read Frank Scheck's review here

I Am Divine

Jeffrey Schwarz uncovers the lovable man behind the cross-dressing John Waters muse and pop star. Read John DeFore's review here.

Forgetting the Girl

Nate Taylor's psychological thriller concerns a portrait photographer with possibly dangerous women issues. Read Frank Scheck's review here.