Weekend Preview: Unknown, I Am Number Four, Big Mommas, Last Lions, Putty Hill

by Anne Thompson
February 19, 2011 1:18 AM
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It's no surprise that indie offerings Putty Hill and the doc The Last Lions score the best reviews of the motley crew of movies that opened for the holiday weekend. Unknown, Liam Neeson's follow-up to sleeper hit Taken is next.

I'd send you to the limited release of Fox Searchlight's Sundance comedy Cedar Rapids, starring Ed Helms and John C. Reilly, or catch up on any Oscar contenders you've missed. Even the Oscar shorts are in circulation at an art-house near you.

We'll report on the box office on Monday morning. In the meantime, check out the trailers and reviews below.

Thompson on Hollywood

I Am Number Four, DreamWorks/Disney
Director: D. J. Caruso; Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron, Theresa Palmer
37% on Metacritic, 28% on RottenTomatoes.

Unknown, Warner Bros.
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra; Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aiden Quinn
57% on Metacritic, 54% on RottenTomatoes.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Twentieth Century Fox
Director: John Whitesell; Stars: Martin Lawrence
30% on Metacritic, 6% on RottenTomatoes.

The Last Lions, National Geographic Films
Director: Dereck Joubert; Narrator: Jeremy Irons
68% on Metacritic, 88% on RottenTomatoes

Putty Hill, Indie: The Cinema Guild opens it in New York this weekend, LA gets it April 8
Director: Matthew Porterfield; Stars: Skye Ferreira, Cody Ray, Dustin Ray, James Siebor Jr.
78% on Metacritic, 73% on RottenTomatoes.

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