By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 4, 2013 at 1:20PM
"The Impossible" Dir. Juan Antonio Bayona, Spain | Summit | Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland | 79% Fresh | Time: "I hesitate to use this term, since it is so often equated with hokey, but The Impossible is life-affirming." | TOH! Interviews Watts and McGregor.
"Promised Land" Dir. Gus Van Sant, USA | Focus Features | Cast: Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook, John Krasinski | 48% Rotten | The Hollywood Reporter: "Promised Land presents its environmental concerns in a clear, upfront manner but hits some narrative and character bumps in the second half that weaken the impact of this fundamentally gentle, sympathetic work." | Our review roundup.
"56 Up" Dir. Michael Apted, UK | First Run Features | 100% Fresh | The New York Times: "Life rushes by so fast, it flickers today and is gone tomorrow. In 56 Up - the latest installment in Michael Apted's remarkable documentary project that has followed a group of Britons since 1964, starting when they were 7 - entire lifetimes race by with a few edits."
"My Brooklyn" Dir. Kelly Anderson, USA | "DIA" Productions GmbH & Co., KG | 100% Fresh | Variety: "Filled with colorful, articulate neighborhood champions, this absorbing picture eschews militant outrage for a quietly devastating look at social commodification."
"Texas Chainsaw 3D" Dir. John Luessenhop, USA | "DIA" Productions GmbH & Co., KG | Cast: Dan Yeager, Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Tremaine Neverson, Scott Eastwood | 44% Rotten | New York Daily News: "'Texas Chainsaw 3D' sees itself as over-the-top and knowing, but what we ultimately get is simply eyes without a face."