Rain or shine, snow or sleet, Oscars or the Academy Awards, the box office delivers! This weekend, “Dark Skies” and “Snitch” are hitting theaters.
From the producers behind “Paranormal Activity,” “Dark Skies” follows a suburban family who, after finding themselves haunted by a deadly force, have to take matters into their own hands to solve the mystery.
In “Snitch,” Dwayne Johnson plays a devoted dad-turned-undercover informant when his son is wrongly accused of drug distribution. In order to clear his boy’s name, he risks his own life by infiltrating a drug carel.
Before you make your selection at the cinema this weekend, take a look at the review roundup for these films below.
Mary F. Pols (TIME Magazine)
Dwayne Johnson tries so hard to be taken seriously in the ponderous and preposterous drama “Snitch” that it hurts to watch him <a href=”http://entertainment.time.com/2013/02/22/snitch-the-rock-in-a-hard-place/”>in much the same way it hurts to watch the weightlifting competition at the summer Olympics</a>.
Michael O’Sullivan (Washington Post)
“Snitch” is protein-and-starch filmmaking at its utilitarian — <a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/movies/snitch,1239846/critic-review.html”>and belly-filling — best</a>.
Phil Villarreal (OK! Magazine)
The incredibly moronic premise has no heft or momentum. Not a moment is believable <a href=”http://coedmagazine.com/2013/02/22/snitch-makes-you-feel-like-youre-in-lockdown-movie-review/”>and the whole thing just hurts</a>.
Stephen Holden (New York Times)
Mr. Johnson’s screen presence, however charismatic,<a href=”http://movies.nytimes.com/2013/02/22/movies/snitch-starring-dwayne-johnson.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0″> is out of sync with the rest of the movie.</a>
Claudia Puig (USA Today)
In its focus on an ordinary family facing a nightmarish scenario, <a href=”http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/02/21/snitch-review/1921585/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomMovies-TopStories+%28Life+-+Movies+-+Top+Stories%29″>”Snitch” is a terrifying but relatable story</a>.
Sara Stewart (New York Post)
Mostly … it all ends up feeling like a lost, minor episode of “The X-Files:” A little scary, <a href=”http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/dark_skies_has_its_limits_3a3swMaXKNXjGAlz3j5YnI”>a little silly and catnip for those who want to believe</a>.
Calum Marsh (Slant Magazine)
It doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist to detect “Dark Skies”‘s thinly veiled conservatism, and it doesn’t take an undue alarmist to be <a href=”http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/dark-skies/6824”>disturbed by the implications of this sort of fear-mongering</a>.
Linda Barnard (Toronto Star)
“Dark Skies” is an alien-abduction thriller where the biggest acts of appropriation involve the lifting of plots from other — <a href=”http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2013/02/22/dark_skies_abducts_plots_from_better_movies_review.html”>and often better — films</a>.
Adam Nayman (Globe and Mail)
Writer-director Scott Stewart doesn’t want to play his hand too early. By the time the movie is over, it’s easy to see why he <a href=”http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/film-reviews/dark-skies-a-highly-derivative-and-utterly-superficial-thriller/article8919972/”>kept his cards close to his chest</a>.
Roger Moore (Movie Nation)
Nicely shot and editing, modestly chilling, but missing the panic and <a href=”https://editorial.huffingtonpost.com/mt.cgi?__mode=zones&vertical_id=61″>fear real parents would feel for kids in jeopardy</a>.