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Weekend Preview: Young Adult and Tinker Tailor Are Must-Sees

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 8, 2011 at 12:39PM

Do check out two brainy offerings this weekend: Charlize Theron's dark comedy character study, "Young Adult," from Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, and Tomas Alfredson's complex "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." (More at Indiewire's Critical Consensus: Scott Foundas and Stephanie Zacharek on "Tinker Tailor" And "Young Adult.") If you live in NY or LA, catch Tilda Swinton's brilliant performance in another dark and complex drama, "We Need To Talk About Kevin," which is having its one-week qualifying run, as is Madonna's less well-reviewed "W.E." (both will be released early 2012). Both celeb-packed ensemble "New Year's Eve" and "The Sitter" (with Jonah Hill in slacker comedy mode; don't miss his dramatic turn in "Moneyball") are review proof. Indies "I Melt With You" and "London River" will struggle to find audiences in an increasingly crowded specialty box office. Reviews, details and trailers below:
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Weekend Preview Dec.9

Do check out two brainy offerings this weekend: Charlize Theron's dark comedy character study, "Young Adult," from Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, and Tomas Alfredson's complex "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." (More at Indiewire's Critical Consensus: Scott Foundas and Stephanie Zacharek on "Tinker Tailor" And "Young Adult.") If you live in NY or LA, catch Tilda Swinton's brilliant performance in another dark and complex drama, "We Need To Talk About Kevin," which is having its one-week qualifying run, as is Madonna's less well-reviewed "W.E." (both will be released early 2012). Both celeb-packed ensemble "New Year's Eve" and "The Sitter" (with Jonah Hill in slacker comedy mode; don't miss his dramatic turn in "Moneyball") are review proof. Indies "I Melt With You" and "London River" will struggle to find audiences in an increasingly crowded specialty box office. Reviews, details and trailers below:

Weekend Preview Dec.9, 2

"Young Adult," Paramount, US | Director: Jason Reitman; Cast: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, J.K. Simmons, Elizabeth Reaser | 79% Tomatometer | TOH! Early Reviews and Theron's Deliciously Narcissistic Anti-Hero | Variety: "Young Adult revels in breaking the rules of safe Hollywood storytelling." | TOH! Interviews Reitman | 3 Clips.

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Focus Features, FR/UK/GER | Director: Tomas Alfredson; Cast: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Stephen Graham, Ciarán Hinds | 94% Tomatometer | THR: "It is one of the few films so visually absorbing, felicitous shot after shot, that its emotional coldness is noticed only at the end, when all the plot twists are unraveled in a solid piece of thinking-man's entertainment for upmarket thriller audiences." | TOH! Review | Character profiles.

"The Sitter," Twentieth C. Fox, US | Director: David Gordon Green; Cast: Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell, Ari Graynor, D.W. Moffett, Method Man, Erin Daniels, Jessica Hecht | 13% Tomatometer | Ebert: "I am so very, very tired of movies like this."

"New Year's Eve," Warner Bros., US | Director: Garry Marshall; Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Cary Elwes, Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Katherine Heigl, Sarah Paulson, Carla Gugino, etc | 10% Tomatometer | Village Voice: "Mayans might have predicted the end of the world in 2012, but could they have known that the countdown to eternal hellfire would begin with Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve?"

"I Melt With You," Magnolia, US | Director: Mark Pellington; Cast: Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, Christian McKay, Carla Gugino, Sasha Grey | 16% Tomatometer | MSN Movies: "music video masquerading as movie, all whacked-out sound and fury, signifying nothing."

"London River," Cinema Libre Studio, UK/FR/ALG | Director: Rachid Bouchareb; Cast: Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyaté | 86% Tomatometer | NYTimes: "Demonstrates how great acting can infuse a banal, politically correct drama with dollops of emotional truth."
 

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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.