Weekend Preview: Head for Indie Doc 'Tchoupitoulas' & Neo-Noir 'Deadfall'; Skip 'Playing for Keeps' on the 'Hudson'

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by Beth Hanna
December 7, 2012 4:05 PM
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Eric Bana in "Deadfall"
If you live in a "limited release" city, it might be best to stick with documentaries this weekend. Standouts are "Tchoupitoulas," following three young brothers discovering the magic of New Orleans, and "Only the Young," a portrait of a trio of charismatic teens. The 34% Rotten for Eric Bana's neo-noir "Deadfall" belies some of the reviews it's receiving -- Indiewire, THR, Variety and the NY Times are all fans. Meanwhile, Bill Murray as FDR in "Hyde Park on Hudson" isn't getting a royal reception, and Gerard Butler vehicle "Playing for Keeps" has an impressively terrible 0% Tomatometer score despite it's star-packed cast.

Check out reviews, details and trailers below.

"Hyde Park on Hudson" Dir. Roger Michell, USA | Focus Features | 41% Rotten | Cast: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams | Manohla Dargis, NY Times: "Roosevelt was one of the towering figures of the 20th century, but he and his accomplishments scarcely register in this amorphous, bafflingly aimless movie. The story hinges, increasingly to its detriment, on Daisy, a distant cousin to Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor." | Our Review and Roundup

"Playing for Keeps" Dir. Gabriele Muccino, USA | FilmDistrict | 0% Rotten | Cast: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones | Justin Chang, Variety: "A modestly affecting reconciliation drama wrapped in a so-so sports movie by way of a misogynistic romantic comedy, Playing for Keeps can't stop tripping all over itself."

"Only the Young" Dirs. Elizabeth Mims, Jason Tippet, USA | 72 % Metascore | Mike D'Angelo, A.V. Club: "So what’s the movie about? Mostly, it’s just about spending quality time with three charismatic teenagers, observing their awkward romantic fumbling, witnessing their first inkling that these relationships may not be lifelong. Not much of real significance happens, which makes Only The Young feel a bit slight, even at a mere 70 minutes. At the same time, though, every hint of direct conflict threatens to break the spell, in part because the film's secret subject is adolescent self-consciousness."

"Tchoupitoulas" Dirs. Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross, USA | Oscilloscope Pictures | 89% Fresh | Eric Kohn, Indiewire: "These are the Zanders brothers, three black adolescents whose arbitrary ferry trip from across the water to explore New Orleans' sassy, vibrant nightlife leads them down a rabbit hole of new experiences. It's a deceptively clever framing device for a movie that otherwise has no specific narrative thrust other than a persistent desire to glorify its magisterial setting. And that it does with continuing visual flair."

"Deadfall" Dir. Stefan Ruzowitzky, USA | Magnolia Pictures | 34% Rotten | Cast: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Hunnam | Manohla Dargis, NY Times: "A diverting neo-noir, Deadfall brings to mind those dark, old-fashioned entertainments in rotation on Turner Classic Movies that suck you in with their genre machinery, sullen beauties and despair."

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