In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Cloud Atlas,' 'Chasing Mavericks' and More

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Halle Berry and Tom Hanks in "Cloud Atlas"

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

Moviegoers get their first look at awards hopeful Cloud Atlas this weekend.

Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Hugo Weaving star in the sci-fi mystery, which was written and directed by siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer.

The drama, adapted from David Mitchell's best-selling novel, explores how the actions of an individual impact another in the past, present and future. Each actor plays multiple characters in the movie.

PHOTOS: 'Cloud Atlas' Premiere: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Keanu Reeves Hit Red Carpet

Meanwhile, Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted's Chasing Mavericks stars Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston and Elisabeth Shue.

The action-drama follows a young surfer who discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break -- one of the biggest waves on Earth -- is just miles aways from his Santa Cruz home.

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.

Cloud Atlas
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry star in the highly anticipated adaptation of David Mitchell's novel from the Wachowskis and Tom Twyker. Read Jordan Mintzer's review here.

VIDEO: 'Cloud Atlas' Trailer

Chasing Mavericks
Despite a generic inspirational template and a change of directors in the eleventh hour of filming, the surfing pic manages to sufficiently overcome the obstacles with affecting results. Read Michael Rechtshaffen's review here.

The Loneliest Planet
Gael Garcia Bernal and Nani Furstenberg star as adventurers in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia in Russian-born, Colorado-raised writer/director Julia Loktev's analysis of a relationship imperilled by communication breakdowns. Read Neil Young's review here.

VIDEO: 'Chasing Mavericks' Trailer: Gerard Butler Surfs Legendary Waves

The first English-language picture by Spanish director Luis Prieto updates the 1996 Danish thriller to London. Read Deborah Young's review here.

The Zen of Bennett (opened Wednesday)
Producer Danny Bennett follows his dad Tony through recording sessions as the singer nears his 85th birthday. Read John DeFore's review here.

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