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This Weekend: See Harrowing 'The Act of Killing,' 'Blackfish,' 'Only God Forgives,' Skip 'RED 2'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood July 19, 2013 at 1:03PM

This is a very strong weekend for indies. Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" is an artful examination of genocide in Indonesia; Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish" centers on the lethal consequences of SeaWorld's captivity of orca whales; and Andrew Bujalski's latest, "Computer Chess," is a 1980s-set period piece following a group of awkward nerds at a chess convention.

This article is related to: Reviews, Weekend Preview, The Act of Killing , Computer Chess, The Conjuring, Only God Forgives, RED 2, R.I.P.D., Turbo, Girl Most Likely

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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.