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Weekend Preview: Critics Hating on 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' and 'Movie 43'; Indie 'Supporting Characters' Best Bet

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 25, 2013 at 2:59PM

Stars in duds is the theme of this weekend. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, and "Movie 43," starring Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet (among many others), both have atrocious Tomatometer scores...
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"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters"
"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters"
Stars in duds is the theme of this weekend. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, and "Movie 43," starring Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet (among many others), both have atrocious Tomatometer scores. The critics are a bit warmer to Jason Statham vehicle "Parker," directed by Taylor Hackford. In the indie arena, fest favorite comedy-horror title "John Dies at the End" is getting mixed reviews, while NY twentysomething comedy "Supporting Characters" is garnering praise.

"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" Dir. Tommy Wirkola, USA | Paramount Pictures | Cast: Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner, Peter Stormare | 10% Rotten | The Hollywood Reporter: "The film is smart enough to wear out its welcome. But that's the only sign of intelligence in this juvenile caper."

"Parker" Dir. Taylor Hackford, USA | FilmDistrict | Cast: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Clifton Collins Jr., Michael Chiklis | 30% Rotten | New Orleans Times: "It's an unevern but fairly enjoyable ride, one that benefits from Statham's cool, capable presence."

"Movie 43" Dir. Bob Odenkirk, USA | Relativity Media | Cast: Emma Stone, Chloe Moretz, Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet Naomi Watts, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman | 0% Rotten | Total Film: "Quite why A-listers Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman and Emma Stone (among others) aligned themselves with this excrutiatingly moronic compilation of shorts is anybody's guess."

"John Dies at the End" Dir. Don Coscarelli, USA | Magnet Releasing | Cast: Paul Giamatti, Chase Williamson, Clancy Brown, Rob Mayes | 56% Rotten | NPR: "Once the colorful anecdotes sprawl out into an actual narrative, the film gets convoluted and loud, amplifying the weirdness without doing much to clarify it."

"Supporting Characters" Dir. Daniel Schecter, USA | Tribeca Film | Cast: Alex Karpovsky, Tarik Lowe, Arielle Kebbel, Kevin Corrigan, Sophia Takal, Lena Dunham | 86% Fresh | New York Times: "This well-acted film captures a generational and occupational sliver of New York life that rings true."

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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.