'300: Rise of an Empire,' 'Like Father, Like Son,' and 'Alan Partridge' Lead This Week's Film Roundup

BY Matthew RitchiePublished Mar 7, 2014

The award season may have finally come to a close, but that just means there are now eight more months to prepare for next year's film friendly festivities. To start you on your journey towards cinematic enlightenment, we've taken a look at a few of the features heading towards theatres this week. Check them out below, but don't forget to visit our Recently Reviewed section for reviews of even more new films.

Starting things off is 300: Rise of an Empire, the follow-up to Zack Snyder's critically acclaimed feature based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller. Director Noam Murro takes the reins this time around, bringing out even more blood-spurting action than its predecessor. But how does it stack up next to the original overall? You'll have to click through to know.

After that is Alan Partridge, the North American silver screen debut of the oddball television personality (played by Steve Coogan) that has captivated audiences in the UK for nearly two decades. While more stylistically similar to Hot Fuzz than Die Hard, at times the movie feels too clever for its own good, but even our reviewer argues newcomers to the popular cult character "will finds lots to love" in his latest feature.

Over on the documentary front, filmmaker Mark Mori uncovers the secret life of the pin-up world's preeminent sex symbol in Bettie Page Reveals All, while directorial newcomer Mark Levinson joins in on the hunt for the elusive Higgs-Boson particle in the aptly-titled Particle Fever.

Last but not least, lauded Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda delves into the nature versus nurture debate in Like Father, Like Son, which tells the tale of two families who discover their children had been switched after childbirth. Once again, Kore-Eda skillfully coaxes some charming and emotionally nuanced performances from his actors, but is that enough to keep viewers interested in this low-key drama? Read on to find out.

Check out our Recently Reviewed section for reviews on even more new releases.

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