‘Labor Day,’ ‘That Awkward Moment’ and ‘Gloria’ reviewed

In this week’s new movies, the stars of “Labor Day” aren't enough to save the film; Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller star in the brom-com “That Awkward Moment”; and “Gloria” receives three stars.


Henry (Gattlin Griffith), left, Frank (Josh Brolin) and Adele (Kate Winslet) grow close after an intense introduction in “Labor Day.” (Dale Robinette)

Labor Day” (PG-13) “It’s difficult to believe a word of ‘Labor Day,’ but then again you don’t have to in order to luxuriate in Winslet and Brolin’s bubbling, steaming chemistry. Still, between this, ‘Revolutionary Road’ and ‘Mildred Pierce,’ it seems past time for Winslet to cast off the sackcloth and ashes of suburban angst and live it up a little. A girl can’t live on pie and penance alone.” -- Ann Hornaday

1/2 “That Awkward Moment” (R) “With their chirpy, pseudo-hip banter and super-designed faux-downscale apartments, the men of ‘That Awkward Moment’ rarely convince viewers that they’re more than obnoxious, entitled brats, running amok in the big city with way too much disposable time, income and healthy liver enzymes at their disposal.” -- Ann Hornaday

Gloria” (R) “We’re so used to seeing young, lithe bodies stripping down in movies that a glimpse of naked humans who look like actual people can be a little jarring. But there’s a point to writer-director Sebastián Lelio’s naturalism: Gloria and Rodolfo experience the same awkwardness and electric charge as any new couple, regardless of how many times they’ve been around the block.” -- Stephanie Merry

Macy L. Freeman is an editorial aide for the Weekend/Going Out Guide section at The Washington Post.

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