Also arriving this weekend is Nicholas Jarecki's impressive directorial debut, "Arbitrage." While his script may not rise far above soap operatics, the thriller is sharp and involving with a stand-out performance from Nate Parker. TV-star turned writer-director-actor Josh Radnor's "Liberal Arts" is less successful; not even the charming Elizabeth Olsen can save the pointless, boring story which belongs on a much smaller screen. Channing Tatum, meanwhile, returns to the big screen (clothed, sorry) with "10 Year," a familiar reunion flick dotted with pretty and familiar faces.
On the escapist side, there's plenty of hardcore 3-D mayhem in "Resident Evil: Retribution."
Trailers, reviews and more details below:
"Arbitrage" Roadside, US | DIR: Nicholas Jarecki CAST: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta | 77% Fresh | Variety: "Between this cast and the conviction Jarecki brings to the table, the film feels incredibly accomplished for a first feature."
"Liberal Arts" IFC, US | DIR: Josh Radnor CAST: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, Elizabeth Reaser | 65% Fresh | TheWrap: "Full of quippy dialogue, banal observations, paper-thin characters and pat resolutions, Liberal Arts is two deodorant commercials away from being a forgettable new TV sitcom."
"10 Years" Anchor Bay, US | DIR: Jamie Linden CAST: Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt, Lynn Collins, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long, Anthony Mackie | 80% Fresh | Village Voice: "An amiable, seriocomic high-school-reunion movie, 10 Years succeeds in pulling off a fine varsity talent show."
"Resident Evil: Retribution" Screen Gems, GER/CAN | DIR: Paul W. S. Anderson CAST: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Bingbing Li | Toronto Star: "It's all the same blah-blah carnage as the first four flicks, with 3D effects hurling blood, blades and body parts into the audience amid a non-stop barrage of gunfire and explosions."