Weekend Movie Reviews: Footloose, The Thing & More!

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It's shaping up to be a busy weekend at the box office and our partners at Movie Fanatic have reviewed all the new offerings in advance of their Friday openings.

Let's get right to it:

The Thing: Not a remake but a prequel to the 1982 masterpiece by the same name. The Thing of 2011 depicts the dawn of the horror that ransacked Kurt Russell’s world, and terrifyingly so. Movie Fanatic's The Thing review explains why.

Footloose: Why remake a classic? Because Kenny Wormald is a terrific modern day Ren and Julianne Hough can sing, dance and act her tail off. Movie Fanatic's Footloose movie review says the 2011 version is - believe it or not - a must-see.

The Big Year: Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson play birdwatchers in this unique buddy comedy about pursuing dreams, regardless of what the naysayers around think. Follow the link for Movie Fanatic's review of The Big Year.

Texas Killing Fields: Based on a true story about a serial killer dumping bodies in a swath of desolate land in Texas, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Sam Worthington tasked with stopping him. Follow the link to read Movie Fanatic's Texas Killing Fields review.