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Weekend Preview: Laugh with '21 Jump Street' & 'Footnote'; 'Kid with a Bike' & "Detachment' Bring Drama

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 15, 2012 at 4:44PM

It is a great weekend to laugh or cry at the movies. Joseph Cedar's "Footnote" (Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) is the dramedy for intellectuals, while "21 Jump Street" and "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" deliver the sillier, satisfying fun...
"The Kid with a Bike"
IFC Films "The Kid with a Bike"

It's a great weekend to laugh or cry at the movies. Joseph Cedar's "Footnote" (Israeli Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) is a dramedy for intellectuals, while "21 Jump Street" and "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" deliver sillier, satisfying fun. For naturalistic drama, treat yourself to the Dardenne Brothers' exquisitely crafted "The Kid with the Bike" (Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film); if you want something really depressing check out Tony Kaye's "Detachment." Adrien Brody shows he's still got it; while the film succeeds in some powerful moments, it ultimately fails to send a clear message about its already extensively covered topic (our failed educational system).

Will Ferrell's "Casa de mi Padre" ranks lowest among critics alongside Nicolas Cage's "Seeking Justice."

Reviews, details and trailers below:

"The Kid with a Bike" Sundance Selects, BELGIUM | Dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne; Cast: Thomas Doret, Cécile De France, Jérémie Renier | The Dardennes Talk Joys of Filmmaking at Golden Globes Panel | 95% Fresh | Variety says: "Dardenne brothers make movies that remind you the most compelling stories are unfolding right outside your window, rather than in outer space, the distant past or wherever cinema usually takes us."

"Footnote" SPC, ISRAEL | Dir: Joseph Cedar; Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Shlomo Bar-Aba | TOH! Talks Five Questions with Director Cedar | 89% Fresh | Roger Ebert says "it's one of the smartest and most merciless comedies to come along in a while."

21 Jump Street
Scott Garfield 21 Jump Street
"21 Jump Street" Columbia Pictures, US | Dir: Phil Lord; Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco | TOH! declares it a Home-Run, Interviews Hill & Tatum | 87% Fresh | NYTimes says: "[This] is an example of how formula-driven entertainment can succeed."

"Detachment" Tribeca Film, US | Dir: Tony Kaye; Cast: Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks, James Caan, Lucy Liu, Marcia Gay Harden, Blythe Danner | ThePlaylist interviews Kaye | 71% Fresh | Village Voice says "The movie's motives might be admirable, but its execution is so bogged down in impenetrable old-white-guy self-pity that the real problems facing public education and its practitioners get buried in the wallow."

"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" Paramount Vantage, US | Dir: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass; Cast: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer | Indiewire says It's Secretly Better Than It Looks | 73% Fresh | EW says it's "A goofy, sweet comedy about estranged siblings who work their way back to brotherly love in the course of a daylong, very shaggy caper of coincidences."

"Cada de mi Padre" Pantelion Films, US | Dir: Matt Piedmont; Cast: Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, Pedro Armendariz, Jr., Genesis Rodriguez | ThePlaylist says the film Takes Will Ferrell's Man-Child Antics South of the Border with Uneven Results | 38% Rotten | THR says: "It makes sense that this Spanish-lingo farce plays very much like an SNL sketch. The only problem is that it packs about as many laughs into its 85 minutes as a good skit does in eight or 10."

"Seeking Justice" FilmNation, US | Dir: Roger Donaldson; Cast: Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Jennifer Carpenter | 28% Rotten | THR says: "Neither the script's conspiracies nor Nicolas Cage's performance is weird enough to trump the film's generic feel."

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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.