In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'The Identical,' 'Frontera' and More
See what THR's critics are saying about the Ray Liotta-Ashley Judd musical and the border drama starring Ed Harris and Michael Pena, among other films
The Identical, Frontera and a musical from a member of the band Belle & Sebastian are among the films hitting theaters for this weekend after Labor Day, a time period traditionally light on high-profile releases.
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).
Blake Rayne, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Amanda Crew and Seth Green star in director Dustin Marcellino's musical drama about a pair of twin brothers, one of whom becomes a beloved rock star. "This passably palatable film never hits any real high notes," writes THR film critic Justin Lowe in his review.
A woman's death sparks a debate about the U.S.-Mexico border in the drama from director Michael Berry. Ed Harris, Michael Pena and Eva Longoria star. Harris and Pena "bring a dignity to their roles that tempers some of the hokier plot points," THR film critic Sheri Linden writes in her review.
Kelly & Cal
Jen McGowan's directorial debut stars Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Josh Hopkins and Cybill Shepherd in the story of a suburban mom who befriends a 17-year-old boy. THR film critic John DeFore writes that the movie is "very sensitively (if not quite realistically) drawn" but "would go nowhere without the friendly chemistry between" the two leads. Read his full review here.
God Help the Girl
Stuart Murdoch of the band Belle & Sebastian makes his directorial debut with this romantic musical about three musicians — played by Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray — figuring out their emotional issues. In his review, THR film critic David Rooney calls the movie "insubstantial and way overlong," although the "three leads all have distinct charms."
Last Days in Vietnam
Rory Kennedy directed this documentary about the last weeks of the Vietnam War. THR film critic Justin Lowe calls the film "observant, incisive, and at times both heartrending and inspiring." Read his full review here.
Doug Pray's documentary focuses on artist Michael Heizer's Los Angeles County Museum of Art installation of the same name, which is comprised of a very heavy rock. The filmmakers "do a superb job of capturing the grandeur of Heizer’s work," opines THR film critic Stephen Farber in his review.
A quirky young woman tries to get her divorced parents to reconcile in director David Wnendt's film. Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski and Meret Becker star. THR film critic Boyd van Hoeij calls this an "accessible, stylish and ultimately even sweet film" in his review.