In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'War for the Planet of the Apes,' 'Wish Upon' and More
Also: What THR's critics are saying about Alec Baldwin's role as a disabled novelist in 'Blind' and breakout Brit actress Florence Pugh in 'Lady McBeth.'
War for the Planet of the Apes and horror film Wish Upon are among the new films hitting theaters this weekend. Also releasing Friday is Alec Baldwin's Blind, the war veteran doc Almost Sunrise and Lady MacBeth.
Here's what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend box office).
Ape leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) is forced into war against humans and their ruthless leader Colonel (Woody Harrelson) where the outcome will determine the fate of both species. War makes for an amazing film with a combination of visuals, music and storyline praised by THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy. He writes in his review that the film pulls off a winning trilogy, "rooted in Andy Serkis' indelible performance as a reluctant rebel leader, splendid special effects and a shrewd racial/political thematic thread." Read the full review here.
A bullied teenager comes in possession of an antique music box that grants her wishes, but slowly kills off those who are close to her. Joey King stars as the teenager who must be careful what she wishes for while Ryan Phillippe plays her father who gifts her the music box. THR's Frank Scheck writes that the horror film "captures the everyday angst and silliness of teen life effectively," but could use more originality. He also writes that the film is full of influences from The Monkey's Paw to Final Destination. Read the full review here.
Alec Baldwin portrays a visually impaired novelist who rediscovers life after losing his wife and his eyesight in a car crash. Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott also co-star. The film was denounced by the Ruderman Family Foundation disability group for "once again overlooking the opportunity to cast actors with disabilities."
The fact that 22 U.S. veterans commit suicide every day is one of the many struggles faced by war veterans that are touched upon in the emotional Michael Collins' documentary. Almost Sunrise follows the horrific experiences faced by two veterans while serving overseas and how their adjustment back to domestic life is a struggle for them, their friends and family. THR's Frank Sheck writes in his review that the doc makes for "powerful viewing."
Breakout actress Florence Pugh's role as a young 19th century bride who commits adultery while trapped in a loveless marriage was one of the best reviewed at the Toronto Film Festival in 2016. "Pugh … has clear star quality, her heart-shaped face and aura of latent mischief recalling a young Christina Ricci," wrote THR's Stephen Dalton in his review. "She plots a confident path through a subtle performance that is mostly just below the surface, all sly glances and subversive innuendo."