In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Identity Thief,' 'Side Effects' and More

Identity Thief Point Film Still - H 2013

Identity Thief Point Film Still - H 2013

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

It's a star-studded weekend at the theaters.

In the comedy Identity Thief, Jason Bateman plays Sandy Bigelow Patterson, a mild-mannered man from Denver who realizes that his identity has been stolen by Melissa McCarthy's sneaky character.

Meanwhile, Steven Soderbergh's thriller Side Effects shows Emily Taylor, played by Rooney Mara, and husband Martin (Channing Tatum) as a successful New York couple. However, when Emily starts taking a new prescription drug to treat her anxiety, the pills cause unexpected side effects and take a toll on their relationship. The film also stars Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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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Identity Thief

Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman star in this rough-and-tumble comic road movie from director Seth Gordon. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

Side Effects

Steven Soderbergh’s final feature (for a while, anyway) is a lushly made but unconvincing thriller with a serious overlay about the dangers of prescription drugs. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

A Glimpse into the Mind of Charles Swan III

Charlie Sheen stars with back-up from Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Patricia Arquette in Roman Coppola’s California fantasy. Read Deborah Young's review here

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Australian director Cate Shortland's film, a World War II drama, has been picked up by Music Box Films for distribution in the U.S. Read Megan Lehmann's review here.

The Sorcerer and the White Snake

An ancient Chinese fable about a woman demon who falls in love with a mortal is brought to life through the latest advances in CGI and action techniques. Read Deborah Young's review here.

The Playroom

The '70s drama, directed by Julia Dyer, is about a suburban family's tumultuous night. Read Frank Scheck's review here.


Christopher Felver's documentary deals with the life and career of the legendary poet and social activist. Read Frank Scheck's review here.