In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Atomic Blonde,' 'The Emoji Movie' and More
Read what THR's critics are saying about the Marion Cotillard in 'From the Land of the Moon' and Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.'
Spies and emojis are among what's in theaters this weekend with the releases of Atomic Blonde and the Emoji Movie. Also releasing this weekend is the emotional A Family Man, starring Gerard Butler and Alison Brie, and Marion Cotillard in the romantic drama From the Land of the Moon. And to round it out, Al Gore's plea to battle climate change in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.
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).
Charlize Theron pulls off her own stunts while portraying a top MI6 spy tasked with taking down a threat during the final days of the Berlin Wall. The ass-kicking titular character's moves are 98 percent Theron according to the Focus Features film's stunt coordinator. THR's John DeFore writes in his review that the film, based on the graphic novel The Coldest City, is a "fun but disposable espionage film" that limits Theron as an actress. "As enjoyable as Atomic Blonde can be at times, its main utility may be its demonstration that Theron deserves better than this," adds DeFore. Read the full review here.
Yes, the emojis (even the poop one) in your phone have come to life with the voices of T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden, Patrick Stewart, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright and Rob Riggle. The film goes behind the screen of your smartphone into the world of Textopolis where the Meh emoji Gene (Miller) is struggling at his job to make his facial expressions on cue and must travel through firewalls and even the Cloud to be reprogrammed to save the fate of the emoji system. DeFore's take of the film can be summed up in one of the icons, "Which is the one that looks like swirled soft-serve chocolate ice cream?" he writes in his review.
A Family Man
Alison Brie, Gerard Butler and William Dafoe star in Mark Williams' drama about a corporate headhunter (Butler) who has trouble balancing his work and family life until he is faced with his son being diagnosed with cancer.
From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres)
Marion Cotillard stars in the French romance film as a free-spirited, sex-loving woman forced by her parents to settle down and marry a bricklayer (Alex Brendemuhl), but grows to love another man (Louis Garrel). THR's Deborah Young writes in her review that Cotillard gives a "standout" performance in director Nicole Garcia's return to Cannes. Young adds, "This smoothly told tale is more of a character study than a romance, yet should still draw fans of romance fiction who will particularly appreciate Louis Garrel in the role of the dashing lieutenant Andre Sauvage."
The life-threatening impact of climate change is building and Al Gore continues his call to action to combat what some may call an ignored crisis in a follow-up to his 2006 documentary. DeFore writes in his review that the film gets Gore's urgent message across, and also "can hope to create the sensation of its Oscar-winning predecessor." He adds that the film "finds plenty to add, both in cementing the urgency of Gore's message and in finding cause for hope."