In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Fury,' 'The Best of Me' and More

Fury Still - H 2014
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Fury Still - H 2014

And see what THR's critics are saying about the Michael Keaton dramedy 'Birdman,' the Kristen Stewart prison film 'Camp X-Ray' and the animated film 'The Book of Life'

Tanks, long-lost lovers and a washed-up actor hit screens this weekend, as Fury, The Best of Me and Birdman all open in theaters. 

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


Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal and Jason Isaacs star in director David Ayer's war film about a tank unit in Nazi Germany. The film "is a good, solid World War II movie, nothing more and nothing less," writes THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy in his review

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The Best of Me

Director Michael Hoffman's adaptation of the best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato and Gerald McRaney. The story focuses on two high school sweethearts who reunite years later. "[The] unforced performances notwithstanding, the story is too heavily engineered to be believable or involving," writes THR film critic Sheri Linden in her review

The Book of Life

A young man must choose between appeasing his family and following his heart in director Jorge R. Gutierrez's animated adventure film. Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate and Ice Cube provide voices. "The Book of Life is a visually stunning effort that makes up for its formulaic storyline with an enchanting atmosphere that sweeps you into its fantastical world," writes THR film critic Frank Scheck. Read his full review here. 

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Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts star in director Alejandro G. Inarritu's dramedy about a washed-up actor who is set to star in a Broadway play. In his review, McCarthy says the film's "exhilarating originality" and "exemplary cast" take audiences "somewhere they haven't been before."

Camp X-Ray

Director Peter Sattler's drama tells the story of a Guantanamo Bay soldier falling for a prisoner. Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi, John Carroll Lynch and Lane Garrison star. The film is "riveting," and "there’s not a moment Stewart’s onscreen here where she isn’t completely transfixing," according to THR film critic David Rooney's review.

Listen Up Philip

Director Alex Ross Perry's drama about a disgruntled novelist preparing for the release of his second book stars Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce and Krysten Ritter. McCarthy calls this an "indisputably talented work," although the main character is "often pretty hard to take." Read his full review here. 

Dear White People

The satirical comedy about four black students at an Ivy League school stars Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson and Kyle Gallner. Justin Simien directed from his own script. THR film critic Justin Lowe writes in his review that the film is an "ambitious satire" but that it "sometimes confuses galvanizing rhetoric for legitimate deliberation."

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