In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'The SpongeBob Movie,' 'Jupiter Ascending' and More
Read what THR's critics are saying about the Jeff Bridges-Julianne Moore fantasy film 'Seventh Son' and the Amber Tamblyn-Wes Bentley drama '3 Days in the Desert.'
A talking sponge, an intergalactic maid and a witch hunter are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of The SpongeBob Movie, Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son.
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).
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
The second film adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon involves SpongeBob visiting our world in order to battle a pirate for a missing recipe. Director Paul Tibbitt's film features the voices of Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny and Rodger Bumpass. According to THR film critic Michael Rechtshaffen's review, "the live-action/CG stuff never satisfyingly jibes with the traditional nautical nonsense down below."
Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne star in co-directors Andy and Lana Wachowski's sci-fi film centers on a maid and a genetically enhanced warrior who try to stop a tyrannical ruler. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review that the film features "familiar action tropes, less-than-fresh special effects and loopy plotting," and it will be disappointing for viewers "hoping for the old Matrix magic to rematerialize."
An apprentice faces grave danger while assisting a witch hunter in director Sergei Bodrov's adventure film. Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes star. The film "takes an A-list crew and cast ... and goes nowhere new with it," writes THR film critic Jordan Mintzer in his review.
3 Days in Desert
Director Gabriel Cowan's drama stars Wes Bentley, Amber Tamblyn and Vincent Piazza in the story of three former friends who mark their 30th birthdays with a trip to the desert. THR film critic Stephen Farber writes that the film features a "tired conflict" and a "very stale script." Read his full review here.
Lily Collins, Sam Claflin and Christian Cooke star in director Christian Ditter's rom-com about a man and woman considering romance after a lifelong friendship. The "schmaltzy, mildly satisfying" film is "contrived, if intermittently charming," according to Mintzer's review.