Making its way from Cannes is "The Sapphires" ("B", 19 ratings), a crowd-pleaser based on the true story of a group that toured Vietnam during the war:
"A fully realized and layered story that delivers both humor and compassion, fantastic music that truly takes you back to that point in time, and an unforgettable performance from O'Dowd that proves he can deftly deliver the heart as much as the laughs."
"Closer to 'The Commitments' than 'Dreamgirls' with its broad Down Under humor, the colorful pic counts on sensational song-and-dance numbers and O'Dowd's virtuoso comic turn to carry it through some bumpy key changes."
"DreamWorks Animation has mastered 3D animation as well as any animation group but not the amazing storytelling prowess of Pixar."
"If Fuqua and his producers would have budgeted for state-of-the-art effects instead of wasting the funds on an underutilized stable of award nominees, we might be characterizing this as an above average B-movie. Instead 'Olympus Has Fallen' is simply a middling mediocrity."
"Writer-director Adam Leon’s micro-budget indie has a poetic rhythm to its “day in the life” structure, as it attempts to navigate the economic and social disparities between Manhattan and the outlying boroughs."
"For one thing, Paul Weitz cannot find the right tone for a tale, set in the academic world, which might have worked better as a drama than a comedy; as helmed by Weitz, 'Admission' is not funny or witty enough."
"Even with a few stumbles here and there, 'Admission' has a solid emotional core, bolstered by director Paul Weitz's refusal to pass judgment over any of these characters."
"Perhaps the filmmakers love 'My Name Is Earl' and 'Amelie'? The leap from lack of focus, to suddenly helping, with montages, is pure fantasy. And there is pleasure in watching David secretly helping his progeny. However, this movie experience is superficial."
"Director Marc Evans and screenwriter Laurence Coriat fumble both the musical side of their movie and the coming-of-age side. The characters fall too neatly into the standard teen-movie slots: the inspiring teacher, her jaded peers, her troubled students. And Evans doesn’t do near enough with the musical performances."
"It is a well crafted and engaging horror film that doesn't seem too intent on making people recognize its remake pedigree. It is also, though, a near carbon-copy of the original film, a beat by beat retelling of a known narrative."