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This Weekend: See Oscar Contenders 'American Hustle,' 'Saving Mr. Banks' and 'The Hobbit,' Plus New Films by Errol Morris and Tyler Perry

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood December 12, 2013 at 3:08PM

This weekend, "American Hustle" arrives in select cities before a wide release next Friday. Also hitting theaters is tech prize contender "The Desolation of Smaug," the middle chapter in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, and Mary Poppins origin story "Saving Mr. Banks."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.