EarthWild animals and Robert Downey Jr. invade theaters.

In exactly one week, Hugh Jackman officially kicks off the summer blockbuster season with his turn as the titular rage-fueled, metal-clawed badass in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine.'

But before the barrage of big-budget, action-oriented fare hits, there are a couple of more modestly-budgeted flicks not to be missed at the multiplex.

Read our takes on the visually stunning Disney doc 'Earth,' the Robert-Downey Jr.-Jamie Foxx drama 'The Soloist' and more of our editors' picks for the top movies in theaters this week.


EarthIn exactly one week, Hugh Jackman officially kicks off the summer blockbuster season with his turn as the titular rage-fueled, metal-clawed badass in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine.'

But before the barrage of big-budget, action-oriented fare hits, there are a couple of more modestly-budgeted flicks not to be missed at the multiplex.

Read our takes on the visually stunning Disney doc 'Earth,' the Robert-Downey Jr.-Jamie Foxx drama 'The Soloist' and more of our editors' picks for the top movies in theaters this week.





Earth
Fans of the BBC's 'Planet Earth' will know what to expect from Disney's first in a series of new nature docs. This breathtakingly beautiful film plays like a highlight reel from the beloved series (still, its gorgeous imagery begs to be seen on the big screen). For others, this is a grand introduction to a new brand of eco-friendly entertainment, and does indeed put 'March of the Penguins' to shame. Better yet, it sees 'Penguins' narrator Morgan Freeman and raises it a James Earl Jones. -- Kevin Polowy



Get 'Earth' showtimes & tickets | See exclusive 'Earth' photos


The Soloist
'Atonement' director Joe Wright returns with this drama delayed from last fall (there goes the Oscar push) about a homeless, schizophrenic cello virtuoso (Jamie Foxx) and the reporter (Robert Downey Jr.) who discovers him. Part 'Rainman,' part 'Mr. Holland's Opus,' the film's acting is superb (especially by Foxx, in an unflinching performance) and the story is intriguing, but Wright's incessant over-stylization turns out to be its undoing. -- Kevin Polowy




Get 'The Soloist' showtimes & tickets | Read our Jamie Foxx interview




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