Stars in duds is the theme of this weekend. “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, and “Movie 43,” starring Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet (among many others), both have atrocious Tomatometer scores. The critics are a bit warmer to Jason Statham vehicle “Parker,” directed by Taylor Hackford. In the indie arena, fest favorite comedy-horror title “John Dies at the End” is getting mixed reviews, while NY twentysomething comedy “Supporting Characters” is garnering praise.
“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” Dir. Tommy Wirkola, USA | Paramount Pictures | Cast: Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner, Peter Stormare | 10% Rotten | The Hollywood Reporter: “The film is smart enough to wear out its welcome. But that’s the only sign of intelligence in this juvenile caper.”
“Parker” Dir. Taylor Hackford, USA | FilmDistrict | Cast: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Clifton Collins Jr., Michael Chiklis | 30% Rotten | New Orleans Times: “It’s an unevern but fairly enjoyable ride, one that benefits from Statham’s cool, capable presence.”
“Movie 43” Dir. Bob Odenkirk, USA | Relativity Media | Cast: Emma Stone, Chloe Moretz, Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet Naomi Watts, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman | 0% Rotten | Total Film: “Quite why A-listers Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman and Emma Stone (among others) aligned themselves with this excrutiatingly moronic compilation of shorts is anybody’s guess.”
“John Dies at the End” Dir. Don Coscarelli, USA | Magnet Releasing | Cast: Paul Giamatti, Chase Williamson, Clancy Brown, Rob Mayes | 56% Rotten | NPR: “Once the colorful anecdotes sprawl out into an actual narrative, the film gets convoluted and loud, amplifying the weirdness without doing much to clarify it.”
“Supporting Characters” Dir. Daniel Schecter, USA | Tribeca Film | Cast: Alex Karpovsky, Tarik Lowe, Arielle Kebbel, Kevin Corrigan, Sophia Takal, Lena Dunham | 86% Fresh | New York Times: “This well-acted film captures a generational and occupational sliver of New York life that rings true.”