In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Alien: Covenant' 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul' and More
Also: What THR's critics are saying about Amandla Stenberg in teenage romance drama 'Everything, Everything' and Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner in 'Wakefield.'
Aliens, wimps and a teenage romance are among what's in theaters this weekend with Alien: Covenant, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and Everything, Everything. Also hitting theaters this weekend is Bryan Cranston as a lawyer going through a mental crisis in the drama Wakefield.
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 box office).
Ridley Scott's follow-up to the Alien prequel franchise catches up on the alien planet with Michael Fassbender's character post-Prometheus mission. He soon comes in contact with members of a colony ship (Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup) who realize they are in store for an epic game of survival against alien activity. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes that the film is "the most satisfying entry in the six-films-and-counting franchise" since Scott's seminal Alien, and James Cameron's Aliens. Read the full review here.
Five years later, the life of a "wimpy" middle school kid is back in action as the Heffley family hits the road for Grandma's 90th birthday celebration which results in plenty of shenanigans along the way. The ninth book of Jeff Kinney's novel is now the fourth film of the Wimpy Kid franchise, rebooted with a new cast (Jason Drucker, Tom Everett Scott Alicia Silverstone), and aimed at tweens. THR critic Michael Rechtshaffen writes in his review, "despite the casting overhaul, it’s the same old Wimpy Kid in that it still hasn’t figured out how to make its characters as likeable or knowingly engaging as Kinney’s simple line drawings and text."
Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson star in the YA film about a budding romance between a girl - whose rare disorder that prevents her from leaving her house deprives her of interaction with the outside world - and the new boy next door who helps her open up in ways she's never felt before. THR critic Sheri Linden writes, "While the young-love melodrama isn’t about to entice older viewers, the target audience will swoon." Read the full review here.
Bryan Cranston portrays a lawyer suffering from an emotional breakdown that leads him to deserting his wife (Jennifer Garner) and kids. The film, which debuted in Telluride, is an adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's 2008 short story of the same title. McCarthy writes that the bottom line is that the film is "an adventurous performance in a smoothly conventional package." He adds that Cranston steals the show: "It would have been asking a lot from any actor to carry this film, and Cranston has done the heavy lifting and more." Read the full review here.