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Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 2, 2012 at 2:33PM

There's quite a variety of new releases at the box office this weekend, from Robert Pattinson's "Bel Ami" and the animated "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" to "Boy" from New Zealand and "The Snowtown Murders" from Australia...
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The Snowtown Murders

There's a wide variety of new releases at the box office this weekend, from Robert Pattinson's "Bel Ami" and the animated "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" to "Boy" from New Zealand and "The Snowtown Murders" from Australia. Check out Indiewire's guide on what to see and what to skip. If you are in the mood for something dark (and admire Australia's "Animal Kingdom"), "The Snowtown Murders" can't be beat -- based on horrific true events that took place in South Australia in the 1990s, it's the best reviewed of the bunch. Details, reviews and trailers for these film and more below:

"The Snowtown Murders" IFC Midnight, AUS | Dir: Justin Kurzel; Cast: Lucas Pittaway, Bob Adriaens, Louise Harris | 89% Tomatometer | Andrew O'Hehir: "An impressive but exceptionally disturbing feature debut from Australian director Justin Kurzel that pushes the new wave of Aussie crime films up a notch." | ThePlaylist's Cannes review.

"Boy" Paladin, NZ | Dir: Taika Waititi; Cast: Taika Waititi, James Rolleston, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu | 84% Tomatometer | David DeWitt: "Joy juxtaposed with humiliation, silliness with sadness, fantasy with reality, and none of it formulaic. The editing feels fresh, as does the film." | TOH! and ThePlaylist talk to Waititi.

Bel Ami
Bel Ami

"Bel Ami" Columbia Pictures, UK/FR/IT | Dir: Declan Donnellan; Cast: Robert Pattinson, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, Kristen Scott Thomas | TOH!'s David Gritten says: "It’s hard not to wish 'Bel Ami' was more engaging... Best of all is Christina Ricci as Clothilde, an amiable, charming society woman who Duroy swiftly seduces... here she is more of a vivacious, effective screen presence than she’s been in years... But Pattinson himself is a problem as Duroy."

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" Universal, US | Dir: Chris Renaud; Cast (voice): Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White | 57% Tomatometer | David Edelstein: "The movie is broad and raucous and rather campy, and the songs, among them an ironic celebration of capitalism, barely pass muster." | TOH!'s Immersed in Movies speaks with producer Chris Meledandri.

"Being Flynn" Focus Features, US | Dir: Paul Weitz; Cast: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby | 45% Tomatometer | ThePlaylist: "Weitz isn't interested in exploring the conflicts and issues that spring from the heart of "Being Flynn" as much as he's concerned with placing them at strategic checkpoints, to eliminate any necessary audience questioning in favor of revelation as a narrative technique; it's the equivalent of a tour guide who mistakes himself for a magician." | Indiewire: read the book first.

"Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" Magnet Releasing, US | Dirs: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareham; Cast: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareham, Robert Loggia | 42% Tomatometer | Roger Ebert: "They've gathered a cult following by doing comedy sketches that were deliberately bad and now they've made a movie that is more of the same for 92 minutes and it must have taken them a great deal of work to maintain their low standard."

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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.