In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'The Intern,' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' and More
Read what THR's critics are saying about cannibalism flick 'The Green Inferno' and Roland Emmerich's 'Stonewall.'
A 70-year old intern, Dracula and cannibals are coming to theaters this weekend with the releases of The Intern, Hotel Transylvania 2 and The Green Inferno.
Read on to 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).
Anne Hathaway is Robert DeNiro's new boss in Nancy Meyers' latest feel-good comedy. The film follows the close bond that begins to form between fashion website executive Jules (Hathaway) and her newly hired and unexpected intern, a retired businessman and widower (DeNiro) who is anxious to get back into the game. THR film critic Stephen Farber writes in his review, "Box office should be healthy, even though the movie offers more frustrations than rewards to discerning viewers of any age or gender."
Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Keegan-Michael Key, David Spade, Selena Gomez and a slew of famous celebrities lend their voices to the animated sequel that follows Dracula and his friends as they try to bring the monster side out of Dracula's half-human grandson. THR film critic Michael Rechtshaffen writes in his review that the sequel is better than the original. He said, "This time around, greater attention has been paid to story and character development (while scaling back on all the sight gags) and the substantial results give the ample voice cast and returning director Genndy Tartakovsky more to sink their teeth into, with pleasing results."
The Green Inferno
Director Eli Roth's (Cabin Fever, Hostel 2) horror film centers on students who journey to save the Amazon, only their plane crashes in the Peruvian jungle where they become prime targets for a tribe of cannibals. THR film critic Deborah Young writes in her review, "Eli Roth’s return to the director’s chair after Cabin Fever and Hostel 2 is a well-filmed R-rated scream fest designed to satisfy viewers’ blood lust, though his childish determination to push the politically incorrect button as often and as hard as possible will dim the enthusiasm of a good number of college students who might otherwise have bought the DVD."
The historical beginning of the gay pride movement is captured by director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, Godzilla) in a way that THR film critic David Rooney said "seldom escapes its cliches or cookie-cutter characters." Rooney adds in his review: "The release of the first trailer for Stonewall sparked early controversy over what appeared to be the marginalization of the transgender, black, Latino and lesbian insta-activists long credited with manning the front lines of the spontaneous 1969 riots that heralded a new era in gay rights. Instead, the story is framed through the experience of the very white, very wholesome Indiana refugee Danny (Jeremy Irvine), who looks like he stepped out of an Abercrombie & Fitch jock dreamboat catalog."
Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds depict a successful gambler and his lucky charm, respectively, who travel together to test their winning streak at the high profile poker championship in New Orleans, discovering more about themselves as a team along the way. Sienna Miller, Alfre Woodard and James Toback also star. Rooney deems the flick a "meandering road movie enriched by its fine-grained study of character and milieu, but somewhat lethargic and momentum-deprived in terms of narrative."
Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern co-star in director Ramin Bahrani's indie drama about the highs and lows of the housing market that affect the 99 percent and evict many from their homes who cannot keep up with payments.THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review, "As it is, Bahrani has still created an urgent work, the burning anger of which will viscerally connect with many viewers, who will recognize themselves or people they know up on the screen."
The coming-of-age film follows a teenager (Nat Wolff) who befriends the CIA assassin next door after moving in with his single mother (Sarah Silverman). THR film critic John DeFore writes as "a winning film about reconciling one's self-image with reality."
Hailee Steinfeld and Brit Marling play two Southern sisters who, along with a slave (Muna Otaru), defend themselves against union soldiers who seek revenge after one of the sisters escapes their attempted assault. Rooney writes in his review, "What might have looked intriguing on paper appears to have been largely pared away in the artsy mannerisms and loaded silences of Brit director Daniel Barber's self-consciously elliptical treatment."