In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Focus,' 'The Lazarus Effect' and More

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Read what THR's critics are saying about the Julianne Moore-Robert Pattinson drama 'Maps to the Stars' and the Salma Hayek-starring thriller 'Everly.'

A smooth operator, a not-quite-dead medical student and a movie star are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of Focus, The Lazarus Effect and Maps to the Stars.

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


Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Rodrigo Santoro star in co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's crime dramedy, which centers on a veteran con man who reunites with a woman from his past. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review that the "ultraslick, fantasy-inducing visit to an international wonder world of wealth and deception plays more like an inventory of thieving and gambling techniques than a captivating diversion."

The Lazarus Effect

Director David Gelb's thriller stars Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover and Evan Peters in a story of medical students who find a way to bring people back from the dead. The movie features "familiar horror-film tropes" and "would have been perfect as the bottom half of a low-rent, 42nd Street double bill back in the days when such things existed," according to THR film critic Frank Scheck's review.

Maps to the Stars

Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson star in director David Cronenberg's satirical drama about a troubled Hollywood family. "Some of the very black humor and snarky insider quips hit the bull’s-eye, and Julianne Moore, in particular, gives her all for the occasion," but the film has "a brittle and airless feel," writes McCarthy. Read his full review here.


Director Joe Lynch's thriller stars Salma Hayek, Hiroyuki Watanabe and Laura Cepeda and centers on a woman who squares off against hit men in her apartment. Scheck writes in his review that the "determinedly B-movie exercise is strictly formulaic but should well please genre enthusiasts who will relish watching the sexiest female badass since Uma Thurman in Kill Bill."


A young British soldier is left behind on the streets of Belfast, Ireland, in 1971 in director Yann Demange's film. Jack O’ConnellSean Harris and Richard Dormer star. According to THR film critic Leslie Felperin's review, the "outstanding, muscular feature debut for [Demange] almost never puts a foot wrong, from the softly underplayed performances to the splendidly speckled cinematography and fine-grained period detailing."

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