In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'The Impossible,' '56 Up'

The Impossible Holland Watts Log - H 2012
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The Impossible Holland Watts Log - H 2012

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

The first weekend of the new year kicks off with Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona's disaster film about the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

The Impossible stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as a young British couple vacationing in a paradise resort in Khao Lak, Thailand, with their three sons: Lucas (Tom Holland), Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) and Thomas (Samuel Joslin). What looks like days of laughter and play time winds up being a nightmare for survivial from towering waves and floating debris.

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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.

The Impossible
The actors give edge-of-seat performances as their characters weather the 2004 East Asian catastrophe in J.A. Bayone's taut disaster film. Read Deborah Young’s review here.

56 Up
Michael Apted returns to his long-running documentary series that revisits the lives of its subjects every seven years. Read John DeFore’s review here.

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Reviews of Texas Chainsaw 3D and A Dark Truth, which also open Friday, will be posted over the weekend at