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Weekend Preview: 'John Carter' Arrives, 'Friends With Kids,' 'Silent House,' 'Salmon Fishing,' 'Sushi' & More

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 9, 2012 at 4:43PM

It's a weekend to have fun at the box office. If you don't take any of it too seriously, you'll enjoy the star-packed rom-com "Friends With Kids" (with many familiar "Bridesmaids" faces) or the fascinating disaster that is "John Carter." If you loved "Dogtooth," check out its sister film from Greece, "Attenberg." The charm of Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor combine in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" while Elizabeth Olsen flexes her horror film skills in "Silent House." Top it all off with the mouthwatering doc "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." Details, reviews and trailers below:
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Weekend preview March 9

It's a weekend to have fun at the box office. If you don't take any of it too seriously, you'll enjoy the star-packed rom-com "Friends With Kids" (with many familiar "Bridesmaids" faces) or the fascinating disaster that is "John Carter." If you loved "Dogtooth," check out its sister film from Greece, "Attenberg." The charm of Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor combine in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" while Elizabeth Olsen flexes her horror film skills in "Silent House." Top it all off with the mouthwatering doc "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." Details, reviews and trailers below:

"Friends With Kids" Roadside Attractions, US | Dir: Jennifer Westfeldt; Cast: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox, Edward Burns | 65% Tomatometer | Video Interview: Westfeldt & Hamm | USA Today says: "It offers the rare combination of romance, humor, an inventive conceit and social relevance, without adhering slavishly to rom-com conventions."

"John Carter" Disney, US | Dir: Andrew Stanton; Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston | 50% Tomatometer | Why It's A Fascinating Disaster | Some words on that Budget | NY Times says: "Messy and chaotic ... but also colorful and kind of fun."

"Attenberg" Strand Releasing, GREECE | Dir: Athina Rachel Tsangari; Cast: Ariane Labed, Giorgos Lanthimos, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou | 77% Tomatometer | Indiewire says Haters of 'The Descendants' will Love It | ThePlaylist calls it A Strange and Unique Experience.

"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" CBS Films, UK | Dir: Lasse Hallström; Cast: Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristen Scott Thomas | 62% Tomatometer | Washington Post says: "Somehow managing to be both twee and edgy, the absurdist but gently winning romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen works a strange kind of wonder."

"Silent House" Open Road, US | Dir: Chris Kentis; Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross | 48% Tomatometer | ThePlaylist says it Manages Some Thrills | NPR says: "Even if Silent House had turned out as grimy, gory and stupid as much of its terrorplex ilk, the film would still be an achievement simply owing to its construction."

"Jiro Dreams of Sushi" Magnolia Pictures, US | Dir: David Gelb | 94% Tomatometer | ThePlaylist calls it Fascinating & Jarring | Gelb talks to Indiewire | Variety says: "An appetizing portrait of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, the oldest chef to win three Michelin stars,..[the] pic is as clean and simple as one of its subject's creations."

This weekends openers also include "Sound of Noise," "The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye" and "A Thousand Words."
 

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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.