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Weekend Preview: Violence, Fairy Tales, Bullies & Horny Norwegians

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 30, 2012 at 12:21PM

Joining current box office king "The Hunger Games" this weekend are popcorn-sellers "Wrath of the Titans" (VFX 3-D sequel) and family fairy tale "Mirror Mirror" ...
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Weekend Preview March30

Joining current box office king "The Hunger Games" this weekend are popcorn-sellers "Wrath of the Titans" (VFX 3-D sequel) and family fairy tale "Mirror Mirror." The niche gems are hockey comedy "Goon," Norway's sexy coming-of-age comedy "Turn Me On, Dammit!" and the much-publicized (The Weinsteins vs. MPAA ratings board) unrated documentary "Bully." To be honest, we may just go see "The Hunger Games" again.

Trailers, details and reviews below:

"Mirror Mirror" Relativity, US | Dir: Tarsem Singh; Cast" Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane | TOH! Says Leave the Princess Fairy Tales to Disney | Review Round-up | 57% Rotten.

"Wrath of the Titans" Warner Bros., US | Dir: Jonathan Liebesman; Cast: Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Edgar Ramirez, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston | ThePlaylist confirms its a "Barely Memorable, Lifeless Sequel" | 32% Rotten | 2010's "Clash of the Titans" Broke Easter Weekend Records.

"Goon" Magnet Releasing, US/CAN | Dir: Michael Dowse; Cast: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber, Eugene Levy, Marc-Andre Grondin, Kim Coates | ThePlaylist talks to Scripter Evan Goldberg and gives High Marks to Scott | 78% Fresh.

"Bully" The Weinstein Co., US | Dir: Lee Hirsch | Premiere Q & A (Video) | ThePlaylist says it: "Shifts Blame & Pities The Victims Without Offering Real Solutions To The Problem Of Bullying." | Indiewire looks at 10 Films that Appealed their Ratings | 96% Fresh.

"Turn Me On, Dammit!" New Yorker Films, NORWAY | Dir: Jannicke Systad Jacobson; Cast: Helene Bergsholm, Malin Bjørhovde, Henriette Steenstrup, Beate Støfring | New Yorker Films Is Back with Coming-of-Age Sex Comedy | Indiewire Talks to Jacobson | 75% Fresh | The Atlantic calls it: "A minor, feather-light film, but a vivid and often funny one."
 

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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.