One or two of the family assume a defensive posture, arm themselves, cover windows and try to reason or fight their way out of this. The bad guys have their sheep or wolf masks, crossbows and machetes. Let’s find us some knives, and maybe a blender or meat tenderizer!
"You’re Next" was shelved for a couple of years. But not because it is damaged goods. The frights are passable, the foreshadowing (extreme close-ups of nails being pounded through boards, etc.) telling and the humor — sick as it is — quite funny.
So seriously, if you see just one slaughterhouse horror picture this year . . . (R, 97 minutes)
— Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
The story is inspired by a Washington Post profile of Eugene Allen, a White House butler from 1952 to 1986. Some anecdotes remain, but much is different. Most importantly, Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong create a father-son dynamic between Gaines and a rebellious older son, Louis (a terrific David Oyelowo) that serves as a backdrop against which the civil rights struggle can play out — through the eyes of black characters, not white ones, for a refreshing change. (PG-13, 132 minutes)
— Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz reprise their roles as the teenaged superheroes in this sequel to 2010’s unapologetically rude and violent original. The sequel is apparently so bloody that even Jim Carrey, who plays the main heavy, has spoken out against the movie. (R, 107 minutes)
Ashton Kutcher portrays the temperamental genius Steve Jobs from his days as a college dropout to his creation of Apple, which today is considered the most valuable company in the world. (PG-13, 127 minutes)
The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar, Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth), seduced by unlimited wealth and power, falls between them and becomes trapped in their twisting, turning, life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time Adam realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (PG-13, 106 minutes)