By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 8, 2013 at 1:03PM
Side Effects Dir. Steven Soderbergh, USA | Open Road Films | Cast: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta Jones | 84% Fresh | New York Times: "While the plot may be predictable (and more than a little preposterous) in retrospect, Mr. Soderbergh handles it brilliantly, serving notice once again that he is a crackerjack genre technician." | Soderbergh Q&A at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Lore Dir. Cate Shortland, Germany | Music Box Films | Cast: Saskia Rosendahl, Ursina Lardi, Kai-Peter Malina | 86% Fresh | A.V. Club: "If nothing else, Shortland gives Rosendahl a star-making platform on par with Cornish’s in "Somersault": She’s a magnetic screen presence who subtly conveys not only the struggle and guilt inherent to her situation, but also a residue of hate that’s carried over from her parents. The actor, like her character, shoulders a heavy burden."
Caesar Must Die Dirs. Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani, Italy | Adopt Films | 90% Fresh | Portland Oregonian: "For a movie with such a brisk pace -- it clocks in at just 76 minutes -- Caesar Must Die has surprising depth, particularly when it comes to the strong performances by the actors, many of them Mafiosi serving time for drug trafficking and murder." | Our review
Porfirio, Dir. Alejandro Landes, Colombia | Karma Films | Cast: Porfirio Ramirez, Jarlinsson Ramirez, Yor Jasbleidy Santos | 60% Fresh | Village Voice: "Landes's tone is never salacious or exploitative, nor for that matter pandering or sentimental. This is a sui generis work—warm, sporadically funny, deeply human, and altogether beguiling."
Identity Thief Dir. Seth Gordon, USA | Universal Pictures | Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman, John Cho, Amadna Peet | 24% Rotten | Los Angeles Times: "The heart of this film is on the road with Bateman and McCarthy. If not for their brilliance, Identity Thief would be running on empty."