In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Dolphin Tale 2,' 'No Good Deed' and More

No Good Deed Still - H 2014
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No Good Deed Still - H 2014

And see what THR's critics are saying about the Bill Hader-Kristen Wiig drama "The Skeleton Twins" and the Tom Hardy-James Gandolfini crime film "The Drop"

Dolphins, robbers and twins invade cineplexes this weekend, as Dolphin Tale 2, The Drop and The Skeleton Twins all open in theaters.

Find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (along with which film will top the weekend's box office).

Dolphin Tale 2

The sequel to the hit 2011 film reunites director Charles Martin Smith with castmembers Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr. and focuses on the search to find Winter a companion after her surrogate mother dies. The "engaging" film's details "elevate what could have otherwise been another well-intentioned but soggy fish-out-of-water yarn," writes THR film critic Michael Rechtshaffen in his review.

No Good Deed

An ex-con threatens a mother of two in director Sam Miller's thriller. Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson star, with Leslie Bibb rounding out the cast. The two leads' "fine work is utterly wasted in this B-movie exploitation thriller that would barely make for passable viewing on late night cable television," according to THR film critic Frank Scheck's review.

The Drop

Tom HardyNoomi Rapace and James Gandolfini (in his final film role) star in director Michael R. Roskam's crime drama about the consequences of a botched robbery. "The picture belongs to Tom Hardy," writes THR film critic John DeFore, adding that "Hardy takes an already fine genre film and adds ballast, making you forget how many times you've heard the tale." Read his full review here. 

The Skeleton Twins

A pair of estranged twins try to patch up their relationship after brushes with death in this drama from director Craig Johnson. Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell star. "Warm, funny, heartfelt and even uplifting, the film is led by revelatory performances from Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig," THR film critic David Rooney writes in his review.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis and Bill Hader star in Ned Benson's directorial debut, which tells a love story from each person's point of view. "Intense and engaging performances from Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy bring the well-written screenplay to life," writes THR film critic Deborah Young in her review

My Old Lady

In director Israel Horovitz's adaptation of the stage play, an American gets a surprise tenant when he lands an apartment in Paris. Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas star. The film's rhythm "surely felt less forced in the stage play," though "Kline remains a pleasure to watch," DeFore writes in his review.

Bird People

Director Pascale Ferran's drama stars Anais Demoustier, Josh Charles and Roschdy Zem in a story about an engineer who splits from his wife and finds himself strangely drawn to a French maid. THR film critic Jordan Mintzer writes in his review that the film "makes a curious, if lasting, impression, thanks in part to strong turns from actors Anais Demoustier and Josh Charles."

Smiling Through the Apocalypse

This documentary from director Tom Hayes examines the life of Harold Hayes, the editor of Esquire magazine in the 1960s (and also the director's father). In THR film critic Stephen Farber's review, he writes that the film is "skillfully edited and energetically paced" and "captures a vanished epoch with verve and skill."


Trailer Park Boys stars Mike Smith, Robb Wells and John Paul Tremblay are featured in director Warren P. Sonoda's comedy about three guys who launch their own Internet channel. "It would take some seriously primo pot to make this effort anything other than a painful ordeal," according to Scheck's review.


A woman transforms into an alien in director Leigh Janiak's horror flick. The cast includes Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber and Hanna Brown. The film "is a microbudgeted horror movie that achieves some genuinely shivery moments," reads Farber's review.

The Green Prince

The thriller-style documentary from director Nadav Schirman centers on the son of a Hamas leader who spies for the Israelis. "The talking-head segments provide enough psychological insight to accompany the countless drone shots and menacing score," opines THR film critic Boyd van Hoeij in his review.

I Am Eleven

Genevieve Bailey directed this documentary that focuses on children living in 15 different countries. Scheck writes that the doc "ultimately becomes repetitive, with the lack of contextual information about the subjects' lives rendering the proceedings shallow." Read his full review here.

Born to Fly

This documentary, directed by Catherine Gund, is a portrait of choreographer Elizabeth Streb. DeFore writes in his review that the film "works very well as a portrait of a maverick artistic sensibility, even if it will leave some viewers wanting more in terms of performance footage."

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