Babies and cyborgs are among what's headed to theaters this weekend in The Boss Baby and Ghost in the Shell. Also hitting screens is Jessica Chastain in the Holocaust film The Zookeeper's Wife, the re-release of Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko (2001), and the mental illness doc God Knows Where I Am.
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).
Alec Baldwin voices a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby on a mission from Babycorp headquarters to stop their rival from stealing parental affection from [talking] babies everywhere. Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow voice the parents while Tobey Maguire narrates the film based on the picture book by Marla Frazee. THR film critic Michael Rechtshaffen calls the DreamWork Animation effort a "delightful blend of clever and tender that's certain to tickle audiences of all ages and stages." Read the full review here.
Scarlett Johansson is a part-human, part-robot superhero in the remake of the 1995 anime classic by Mamoru Oshii. THR film critic Jordan Mintzer writes that the reboot may have less to do with whitewashing than with brainwashing and calls the film "a heavily computer-generated enterprise with more body than brains, more visuals than ideas, as if the original movie's hard drive had been wiped clean of all that was dark, poetic and mystifying." Read the full review here.
Jessica Chastain portrays a real-life working wife and mother who heroically sheltered Jews in the Warsaw Zoo along with plenty of adorable animals. Director Niki Caro's Holocaust film - based on a true story - is adapted from Diane Ackerman's book on the diary of Antonina Zabinska, who provided shelter for 300 Polish Jews during WWII.
THR reviews editor Jon Frosch writes that "The movie's central figures and their experiences have been cleansed of complexity, embalmed in a sort of hagiographic glaze that makes even the pain look pretty." Read the full review here.
The 2001 cult classic that earned wide praise and put Jake Gyllenhaal on the map is being rereleased by Arrow Films on its 15th anniversary. The film unravels in a strange series of events where Gyllenhaal stars as a disturbed teen who after narrowly escaping a bizzare jet engine accident tries to make sense of life as Doomsday visions of a mysterious man in a rabbit suit play in his head.
Director Richard Kelly discussed his challenging process from writing the apocalyptic narrative to bringing it to the big screen, telling THR that with the help of Francis Ford Coppola he wrote the "rebellious piece about confronting authority."
God Knows Where I Am
The documentary explores the effects of mental illness as it follows the diary of a woman whose body was discovered in a New Hampshire farmhouse after suffering from starvation and loneliness during a New England winter. THR film critic John DeFore writes in his review that the film is full of "artistic ambition" and will "play very well with nonfiction audiences and have special value to advocates for the homeless and the mentally ill."