WEEKEND PREVIEW: Like Crazy, Anonymous, Puss in Boots, In Time, The Rum Diary and More

by Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
October 27, 2011 6:00 AM
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Thompson on Hollywood

Quite an eclectic mix of films are on offer this weekend, from the charming young love saga Like Crazy, which has been building buzz for stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones ever since director Drake Doremus premiered the intimate romance at Sundance (it's indieWIRE's Pick of the Week), to Roland Emmerich's anti-Shakespeare digital costume drama Anonymous, starring Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave, to Dreamworks's Puss in Boots -- the new franchise spawned by Shrek-- and Johnny Depp's disappointing return to Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary. Topliners Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried fail to carry In Time, which boasts a strong sci-fi premise that its writer-director, Andrew Niccol, can't adequately serve. Indie releases Janie Jones (think Somewhere meets Crazy Heart) and The Double (think The Recruit, but with Topher Grace and Richard Gere instead of Colin Farrell and Al Pacino) are both coming up rotten on the Tomatometer.

Reviews, trailers and details below:

Thompson on Hollywood

Like Crazy, Paramount Vantage, US | Director: Drake Doremus; Cast: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Messina, Alex Kingston | B+ criticWIRE | TOH!'s Sundance Interview with Doremus | 81% Tomatometer | THR: "Deeply felt first-love tale offers convincing performances and a fine-tuned storytelling sensibility."

Anonymous, Columbia, UK/GER | Director: Roland Emmerich; Cast: Rhys Ifans, Xavier Samuel, Jamie Campbell Bower, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis | B- criticWIRE | 56% Tomatometer | NY Observer: "Historians are already calling Anonymous preposterous humbug, but I found it a complex cornucopia of ideas and panache. You go away sated." / TOH iinterviews screenwriter John Orloff.

Puss in Boots, Dreamworks, US | Director: Chris Miller; Cast: Antonio Banderas, Zach Galifianakis, Salma Hayek, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris | 80% Tomatometer | Variety: "Puss' origin story could easily stand on its own -- a testament to clever writing on the part of its creative team and an irresistible central performance by Antonio Banderas."

The Rum Diary, Film District, US | Director: Bruce Robinson; Cast: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Giovanni Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart, Amaury Nolasco | B- criticWIRE | 66% Tomatometer | TOH! Review Round-up |

Janie Jones, Tribeca Films, US | Director: David M. Rosenthal; Cast: Breilen Bauer, Abigail Breslin, Richard Cotovsky, Rodney Eastman, Frances Fisher | 42% Tomatometer | Village Voice: "Nivola and Breslin sing and perform the original numbers, welcome interludes that provide respite from Rosenthal's lousy script."

The Double, Image Entertainment, US | Director: Michael Brandt; Cast: Stephen Moyer, Topher Grace, Richard Gere, Odette Yustman, Stana Katic | C+ criticWIRE | 8% Tomatometer | The Village Voice: "Whether it's the clumsy use of flashbacks, the air of manufactured portentousness, or the completely unbelievable casting of Grace in a role that requires a certain authority utterly lacking in the actor's performance, almost every move seems a misstep."

In Time, Twentieth Century Fox, US | Director: Andrew Niccol; Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde | 39% Tomatometer | Miami Herald: "But even though the story doesn’t grab you, the world of In Time still fascinates. If nothing else, the film sets a record for the number of scenes in which characters are racing against a ticking clock, and every one of those moments works you up. Seconds have never felt as precious."

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2 Comments

  • Mark Rabinowitz | October 28, 2011 9:25 AMReply

    Of all the reviews of Anonymous that you could have quoted, you chose Rex Reed? :-p

  • Gallagher | October 27, 2011 6:14 AMReply

    ‘13’ should have been released at least a year ago and it is a disgrace that not only has it been needlessly delayed but it is only getting released in New York and Los Angeles. It has a stellar cast (Jason Statham, Sam Riley, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Ray Winstone, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Michael Shannon, Emmanuelle Chriqui) and deserves to make a big impact when it is finally released.

    ‘The Double’ and ‘Like Crazy’ should have both gotten a nationwide theatrical release. If they were given a fair chance, either one of them could have been No. 1 this week. They both have interesting casts and they deserve better than to be ignored by the public when they come out.

    It will be amazing to see Justin Timberlake and Cillian Murphy face off in 'In Time'.

    Unfortunately only if is a franchise film does an Antonio Banderas movie get a nationwide theatrical release. In the last five years, everything else that he has been in has only gotten a limited release or gone straight to DVD such as Bordertown (2006), My Spy (2008), The Other Man (2008) and The Code (2009). It is a shame. I hope he does more American mainstream movies like he used to. He is an underrated actor and should have joined the A-list years ago.

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