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What's New in Theaters This Weekend: March 2, 2012

From Left: Robert De Niro, Taylor Swift and Zac Efron. (Photos by: Getty Images)

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Directed by: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift,
Danny DeVito

Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me) is the newest production house to chew up a Dr. Seuss book and spit it out as mainstream entertainment. This adaptation took many licenses, including adding a little love story to the environmental theme of the fable. So far, there has not been a legitimately good Dr. Seuss film (The original animated Grinch being the lone exception) so it's doubtful this one will break through. These movies are typically corny as hell and a virtual assault on the senses. I do give credit, however, to whoever thought to cast Danny DeVito as The Lorax. Inspired.
See it? No.

Project X
Directed by: Nima Nourizadeh
Starring: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown

Produced by Todd Phillips, Project X is about three high school losers who throw a ginormous party in hopes they become cool. This is a totally unoriginal and boring concept, but the film contains no stars and may surprise some people. The trailer is certainly entertaining and that's what I'm going off. 
See it? Sure.

Being Flynn
Directed by: Paul Weitz
Starring: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Olivia Thirlby

Estranged for 18 years, father and son, Jonathan (De Niro) and Nick Flynn (Dano), reunite when father walks into the homeless shelter where son works. Blessed with an all-star cast, but cursed with unlikable characters, Being Flynn is a film without redemption. Based on the real-life memoir by Nick Flynn, Another Bullshit Night In Suck City, the film version loses quite a bit in the translation.
See it? Nope.
Review | Interview with Director Paul Weitz

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
Directed by: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim
Starring: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim

The plot here involves Tim and Eric getting a billion dollars to make a movie, blowing it all, and then trying to revitalize a shopping mall to make it back. If you haven't seen or don't like Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! on Cartoon Network you should skip this one. I, personally, love the show and thought this was a hilarious movie, but know what you're in for before going to see it.
See it? Yes.

The Snowtown Murders (Limited)
Directed by: Justin Kurzel
Starring: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris

Easily the most disturbing release of the weekend, The Snowtown Murders is the latest in an impressive line of suspenseful, intensely violent Australian films to come along the past few years (The Square, Animal Kingdom). Director Justin Kurzel's first feature is an impressive one. The film tells the tale of Australia's most prolific serial killer (Daniel Henshall) and the cunning life he led leading up to his killing spree. The film is powerful and very brutal (there is a four-minute torture/strangling scene) so don't eat before or during this one.
See it? Yes.

Boy (Limited)
Directed by: Taikia Waititi
Starring: Taika Waititi, James Rolleston, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu

Waititi's first feature, Eagle vs. Shark, has developed a cult following and his newest film should follow the same path. Boy is an often hilarious coming of age tale set in New Zealand. Flight of the Conchords writer Waititi also directs and acts in the film based on his Oscar-nominated short. Fans of Napoleon Dynamite should appreciate the goofiness and sharp writing. 
See it? Yes.

Let the Bullets Fly (Limited)
Directed by: Wen Jiang
Starring: Chow Yun Fat, Wen Jiang,
You Ge

Let the Bullets Fly is China's top-grossing domestic hit to date. The action comedy is set in a small town in 1920 China and pits a rogue theif against a evil nobleman when the thief tries to pose as the town's mayor. The movie has received high praise on the festival circuit and earned a limited release here in the States.
See it? Sure.

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