Film Critics Collide: The Lucky One, Think Like A Man, Marley, The Moth Diaries

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It doesn’t look like there’ll be any box-office records set this weekend. The only thrill is in pondering if Think Like A Man–based on the popular Steve Harvey book–has the demographics to finally unseat The Hunger Games. Meanwhile, can you survive a night out with your girlfriend to see The Lucky One? Will stoners get off the couch to celebrate the 4/20 limited release of the Marley documentary? Does The Moth Diaries have enough schoolgirl vampire lesbianism to become a sleeper? Let the critics fight it out:

The Moth Diaries [trailer]
Starring Sarah Bolger, Lily Cole, Scott Speedman
Directed by Mary Harron
So there are a lot of hot sexually-repressed schoolgals locked away in a private academy and possibly being seduced by a femme vampire. And it’s directed by the woman behind American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page. We don’t know how this indie sat on the shelf since 2011. But is it actually worth watching? We’d say there’s no argument, but the critics disagree:

Really Hot: Stephanie Zacharek @ Movieline

Really Not: Scott Tobias @ AV Club

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Think Like A Man [trailer]
Starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union
Directed by Tim Story
Kevin Hart is a great stand-up act overdue for mainstream success, and any guys is always eager to see Regina Hall and Gabrielle Union on the big screen. This relationship comedy is also based on a smash hit book by Steve Harvey. Is that enough crossover clout to finally take out The Hunger Games? The critics debate if that’s even a good thing:

Comedic Insight: Claudia Puig @ USA Today

Comedic Blight: Marshall Fine @ Hollywood & Fine

The Lucky One [trailer]
Starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner
Directed by Scott Hicks
Zac Efron plays a Marine back from Iraq and looking for the unknown woman who he spent most of the war staring at in a photograph that he found. Nothing creepy about that, or bringing in a guy who made High School Musical films for the past six years to play a war veteran. But what do we know? The critics have their own take:

A Touching Tale: Betsy Sharkey @ Los Angeles Times

Total Fail: Joe Morgenstern @ Wall Street Journal

Marley [trailer]
Starring Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff
Directed by Kevin  Macdonald
Remember that there’s no smoking in the theater as you get off the couch and celebrate 4/20 with this documentary on a reggae legend. Bob Marley’s story gets told by friends and family, but did the critics get a contact high?

Totally Primo: Roger Moore @ McClatchy-Tribune

Skunky Weed: Mick La Salle @ San Francisco Chronicle

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J.R. Taylor has spent several years covering all aspects of pop culture for prestigious publications. Well, they were prestigious. Contact me: @google+ @twitter @email @website
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