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Will Transformers 3-D Make Room for Crass Horrible Bosses, Dopey Zookeeper or Quality Indie Fare?

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 7, 2011 at 3:45AM

Don't go looking at your local multiplex for class this weekend. Raunch and dopiness and Transformers in 3-D still reign. We round up Horrible Bosses reviews here, best summarized by Rex Reed of the New York Observer: "It's one of those revolting, raunch-fueled movies churned out in their sleep by the Farrelly brothers and Judd Apatow that I usually hate, but with real cleverness, off-center wit and edgy imagination," although it has also been declared guilty of "murdering its own potential."
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Don't go looking at your local multiplex for class this weekend. Raunch and dopiness and Transformers in 3-D still reign. We round up Horrible Bosses reviews here, best summarized by Rex Reed of the New York Observer: "It's one of those revolting, raunch-fueled movies churned out in their sleep by the Farrelly brothers and Judd Apatow that I usually hate, but with real cleverness, off-center wit and edgy imagination," although it has also been declared guilty of "murdering its own potential."

Meanwhile critics describe Zookeeper as "dopey but well-meaning," as engrossing docs Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest and Project Nim earn raves. Catherine Breillat's The Sleeping Beauty looks lush and erotic but left ThePlaylist disappointed. There's also horror, medieval battle and Liv Tyler, too. Oh my. Details, trailers and reviews below:

Horrible Bosses, Warner Bros., USA | Dir: Seth Gordon; Cast: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell | TOH! Review & Round-up | 88% Tomatometer | 59% Metacritic | Caryn James calls it "The Real Hangover Sequel."

Zookeeper, Columbia Pictures, USA | Dir: Frank Coraci: Cast: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Judd Apatow | Tomatometer | Metacritic.

The Sleeping Beauty, Strand Releasing, FRANCE | Dir: Catherine Breillat; Cast: Carla Besnaïnou, Julia Artamonov, Kérian Mayan, David Chausse | B- criticWIRE | 58% Metacritic | Emmanuel Levy: "an enchanting movie that, in offering new, modernist meanings only suggests how rich the source material is and why it continues to inspire generations of filmmakers in its manifest and latent themes."

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Project Nim, Roadside Attractions, UK (Doc) | Dir: James Marsh | A- criticWIRE | 96% Tomatometer | 77% Metacritic | Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: "Here's a documentary so slick, novel, touching and outrageous that your first thought might be 'This has to be fake.'" | Here are Spout and TOH interviews with James Marsh.

Ironclad, ARC Entertainment, USA/UK/GERMANY: Dir: Jonathan English; Cast: Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy, Kate Mara, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi | 45% Tomatometer | 36% Metacritic | Leslie Felperin, Variety: "might be the perfect actioner for gorehound fanboys gaga for medieval trappings, but all others may find this British-American-German co-production a bit of a drag."

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, Sony Pictures Classics, USA (Doc) | Dir: Michael Rapaport; Cast: Mary J. Blige, Common, Phife Dawg, De La Soul, Mos Def | B+ criticWIRE | 100% Tomatometer | 77% Metacritic | Owen Gleiberman, EW: "A welcome blast of '90s nostalgia, taking us back to a time - and a sound - that pulsates with optimism."

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The Ledge, IFC, USA | Dir: Matthew Chapman; Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Terrence Howard, Christopher Gorham | D- indieWIRE | 0% Tomatometer | 26% Metacritic | Kirk Honeycutt: "An artificial drama enlivened by solid acting but dragged down by contrived melodrama over a fundamentalist nut."

The Ward, USA | Dir: John Carpenter; Cast: Amber Heard, Danielle Panabaker, Mamie Gummer, Lyndsy Fonseca, Jared Harris | 41% Tomatometer | 48% Metacritic | Philip French, The Guardian: "It adds little to Carpenter's reputation."


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