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Weekend Preview: Slim Pickings Ahead

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 1, 2012 at 1:27PM

There aren't many fresh choices at the box office this weekend. Critics deem "Snow White and The Huntsman," "For Greater Glory" and "High School" misfires, while first-person Israel/Palestine documentary and SXSW breakout "5 Broken Cameras" is the weekend standout. Oscar-nominated French animation "A Cat in Paris" lands (with a new English-language voice cast) for families to enjoy and the underappreciated Josh Lucas returns with "Hide Away." Check out trailers and reviews below:
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There aren't many fresh choices at the box office this weekend. Critics deem "Snow White and The Huntsman," "For Greater Glory" and "High School" misfires, while first-person Israel/Palestine documentary and SXSW breakout "5 Broken Cameras" is the weekend standout. Oscar-nominated French animation "A Cat in Paris" lands (with a new English-language voice cast) for families to enjoy and the underappreciated Josh Lucas returns with "Hide Away." Check out trailers and reviews below:

"Snow White and the Huntsman" Universal, US | Dir: Rupert Sanders; Cast: Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin | 46% Rotten | Our Review & Round-up: "Snow White" Wants To Be Everything It's Not.

"For Greater Glory" ARC Entertainment, MEX | Dir: Dean Wright; Cast: Eva Longoria, Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Bruce Greenwood, Peter O'Toole | 17% Rotten | LA Times says: "Ultimately a stodgy, overblown and repetitive slog."

"High School" Anchor Bay, US | Dir: John Stalberg Jr.; Cast: Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis, Colin Hanks | 24% Rotten | Newsday: "The only good news for everyone involved: The worst moment in your career is surely behind you."

"A Cat in Paris" GKids, FR | Dir: Jean-Loup Felicioli; Cast (voice): Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Huston, Matthew Modine and Steve Blum | 76% Fresh | NY Times: "A nifty little caper."

"5 Broken Cameras" Kino Lorber, PAL/ISR/FR/NETH | Dir: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi | 91% Fresh | Indiewire's Pick of the Week | Village Voice: "Startlingly intimate and direct, this first-person doc...requires multiple viewings for anyone eager to work out how it could have been shot with such precision and visual ingenuity under such plainly chaotic conditions."

"Hide Away" Archstone, US | Dir: Chris Eyre; Cast: Josh Lucas, Ayelet Zurer, James Cromwell | 25% Rotten | ThePlaylist says it features "A Great Performance By Josh Lucas Nearly Suffocated By A Truly Lousy Movie" | Village Voice: "The film stays ahttp://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/la-et-for-greater-glory-20120601,0,6845668.story?track=rssfloat, if barely, thanks to Elliot Davis's uncluttered camerawork, a surprisingly unsentimental denouement, and performers who deftly undersell the script's corniest pretensions."
 

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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.