Published Aug 09, 2013Silver-screen actress Audrey Hepburn once said, "Everything I learned, I learned from the movies." So why not follow in the Roman Holiday star's footsteps by getting some education this weekend at your local cinema? We've studied up on this week's newest releases to find out which features pass the test and which should be held back a grade. Find a few of them below, but don't forget to visit our Recently Reviewed section to read reviews on even more new films.
First off, District 9 visionary Neill Blomkamp disappoints with the painfully obvious big-budget sci-fi adventure Elysium (pictured), but read our review to find out why. And long-time documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman examine the domestic abuse suffered by '70s porn actress and Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace in the self-titled biopic Lovelace.
Next, Icelandic film auteur Baltasar Kormákur cuts out his trademark humour and satirical sensibilities for the low-key, straightforward disaster flick The Deep. In more family-friendly fare, the Pixar-disowned Planes tries to win laughs with oddly prurient gags, but ultimately fails to take off. NBC alumni Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston provide decent chemistry in the cliché-ridden archetypal comedy We're the Millers, while director Paul Schrader's shoddy framing and lack of sensationalism ultimately detracts from the partially intriguing, mock-erotic thriller The Canyons.
Finally, Diary of the Wimpy Kid director Thor Freudenthal picks up where Chris Columbus left off with Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, the sequel to the popular young-adult fiction adaptation of the same name. But is Freudenthal able to inject any sense of edginess or panache to this overly broad and banal cinematic series? Click through to know.
These are just a few of the new releases in theatres this week. Check out our Recently Reviewed section for reviews on more films out this weekend.