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Weekend Preview: 'Marley' Top Pick of Weak New Arrivals

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 20, 2012 at 4:19PM

There's a rash of horrendously reviewed films this weekend, along with a few standouts to compete with the likes of holdovers "Titanic 3-D," "The Hunger Games" and "Cabin in the Woods." If you adore a particular star (Zac Efron in "The Loved One"? Diane Keaton in "Darling Companion"? Michael Sheen in "Jesus Henry Christ"?) or genre (South Korean war pic "My Way"? Wanna-be horror "The Moth Diaries"?), that may persuade you to buy a ticket for one of the new arrivals.
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"Goodbye, First Love" and "Marley"
"Goodbye, First Love" and "Marley"

There's a rash of horrendously reviewed films this weekend, along with a few standouts to compete with the likes of holdovers "Titanic 3-D," "The Hunger Games" and "Cabin in the Woods." If you adore a particular star (Zac Efron in "The Loved One"? Diane Keaton in "Darling Companion"? Michael Sheen in "Jesus Henry Christ"?) or genre (South Korean war pic "My Way"? Wanna-be horror "The Moth Diaries"?), that may persuade you to buy a ticket for one of the new arrivals.

The best-reviewed new film to catch is the thorough "Marley" from gifted documentarian Kevin Macdonald ("Touching the Void"), which arrives fittingly on 4/20 and offers insight into the man and the legend. For fans of French arthouse fare, Mia Hanson-Løve's sun-soaked "Goodbye, First Love" may be seductive, but some will find Lola Creton to be a lackluster leading lady.

Trailers, reviews and details below:

"Marley" Magnolia, US/UK | Dir: Kevin Macdonald |
 94% Fresh | The New Yorker says: "Marley, by reminding us of the longing and the indignation from which the music leaped, does a grand job of turning the volume back up. If only it had found more time to stop and listen." | ThePlaylist says Reverence outweights Insight.

Diane Keaton in Lawrence Kasdan's "Darling Companion"
Sony Pictures Classics Diane Keaton in Lawrence Kasdan's "Darling Companion"

"Goodbye, First Love" Sundance Selects, FR/GER | Dir: Mia Hanson-Løve; Cast: Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowsky | Indiewire: The Eloquent Poet of Relationship Dramas | ThePlaylist's Review | 69% Fresh | THR says: "Arthouse audiences could drink this down like a glass of Chardonnay."

"The Eye of the Storm" Sycamore Entertainment, AUS | Dir: Fred Schepisi; Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Dustin Clare, Charlotte Rampling, Judy Davis |
 68% Fresh | THR calls it an "intelligent, visually sumptuous drama that embraces the grandeur of the Australian literary classic upon which it's based."

"My Way" Well Go, S. KOREA | Dir: Je-gyu Kang; Cast: Dong-gun Jang, Jo Odagiri |
 0% Fresh | Village Voice says: "Perhaps the most charitable thing that can be said about [it]—with a reported budget of almost $25 million, the costliest Korean motion picture ever produced—is that it does nothing by halves."

"Think Like A Man" Screen Gems, US | Dir: Tim Story; Cast: Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good |
 53% Rotten | Christy Lemire says: "You have to give [it] credit for not only trying to serve as an alternative to Tyler Perry-style date-night fare, but for even going so far as to make fun of those movies for their soapy conventions."

"The Lucky One" Warner Bros. US | Dir: Scott Hicks; Cast: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner | 22% Rotten | Rolling Stone says it "doesn't have a genuine emotion in it or a plausible reason to endure it. It's strictly for the sisters of the cult of Sparks and the men who love them."

"The Moth Diaries" IFC, CAN/IRE | Dir: Mary Harron; Cast: Scott Speedman, Sarah Bolger, Lily Cole |
 Harron talks to Indiewire | Women and Hollywood talk to Harron | 19% Rotten | Village Voice says: "Lesbian desires, fears of mortality, and adolescent jealousies are all handled as bluntly as the unintentionally corny black-and-white flashbacks and gauzy dream sequences." | ThePlaylist says it Has No Fangs.

"Darling Companion" Sony Pictures Classics, US | Dir: Lawrence Kasdan; Cast: Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, Mark Duplass, Dianne Weist, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Boss, Sam Shepard |
 15% Rotten | TOH! Interviews Kasdan & Kline | EW says: "Kasdan's comedy strikes a note of rib-nudging blah coyness that feels very 1987."

"Jesus Henry Christ" E1 Entertainment, US | Dir: Dennis Lee; Cast: Toni Collette, Michael Sheen |
 ThePlaylist calls its Blasphemously Joyless | Lee talks to Indiewire | Tomatometer | Variety says it's "Too deliberately eccentric to attain quite the level of wigginess it aspires to."

"Seven Below" Arc Entertainment, US | Dir: Kevin Carraway; Cast: Val Kilmer, Ving Rames | Tomatometer.


 


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