Also arriving in theaters this weekend is gay custody drama "Any Day Now" with Alan Cumming, "Stand Up Guys" with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin (in a limited pre-release) and a handful of other indies. Check out reviews and trailers below. More reviews at Criticwire and Movie Review Intelligence.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Dir. Peter Jackson, USA/New Zealand | Warners Bros. | Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett | 66% Fresh | NYT: "Tolkien's inventive, episodic tale of a modest homebody on a dangerous journey has been turned into an overscale and plodding spectacle." Variety: "Fulfilling just a fraction of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'There and Back Again' subtitle, The Hobbit alternately rewards and abuses auds' appetite for all things Middle-earth."
"Any Day Now" Dir. Travis Fine, USA | Music Box | Cast: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt | 89% Fresh | Detroit News: "There's no denying the power of Cumming, Leyva and Dillahunt's performances, nor the tragedy and injustice of the situation."
"Save the Date" Dir. Michael Mohan, USA | IFC Films | Cast: Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Mark Webber | 41% Rotten | Film School Rejects: "Despite a strong comedic cast, the film isn't particularly funny. Save the Date is a typical Sundance romance that doesn't ever set itself apart from its brethren."
"Stand up Guys" Dir. Fisher Stevens, USA | Lionsgate | Cast: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies, Mark Margolis | 42% Rotten | NYT: "Most of the modest pleasures are in the ways the men expertly play off one another and invest their shallow characters with more depth than any filmmaker could reasonably expect."