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Weekend Preview: 'Iron Man 3' a Smart Superhero Flick; Critics Applaud 'What Maisie Knew' and 'Something in the Air,' Mixed on 'Post Tenebras Lux'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood May 3, 2013 at 12:32PM

This weekend, the latest installment of "Iron Man" soars through multiplexes after racking up more than $300 million overseas. Could it score a $150 million opening, or beat 2012's number one movie, "The Avengers"' $1.5 billion total worldwide gross? It is a Marvel sequel, after all.
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Robert Downey, Jr. in 'Iron Man 3'
Robert Downey, Jr. in 'Iron Man 3'

This weekend, the latest installment of "Iron Man" soars through multiplexes after racking up more than $360 million overseas. Could it score a $150 million opening, or beat 2012's number one movie, "The Avengers"' $1.5 billion total worldwide gross? It is a Marvel sequel, after all. (A history of Marvel's success is here.) Here's our review and a sampling of critics' raves of the VFX effects as well as Robert Downey, Jr.'s charismatic performance. 

Some long-awaited indies hit theaters after traveling the festival circuit, including Scott McGehee and David Siegel's brilliant Henry James adaptation "What Maisie Knew," starring Julianne Moore. Carlos Reygadas' Bunuellian, psychosexual odyssey "Post Tenebras Lux," which premiered at Cannes last year to literal boos, continues to bewilder audiences and critics, though it does have its firm supporters, among them Manohla Dargis of The NY Times. 

Post Tenebras Lux

Critics have been excited about Oliver Assayas' political coming-of-age film "Something in the Air" since it won best screenplay at the Venice Film Festival last year. Also opening is "The Iceman," an uber-violent '80s-set crime drama featuring a delightfully evil Michael Shannon.

Trailers after the jump.

Something in the Air Dir. Olivier Assayas, France | IFC Films | Cast: Lola Creton, Dolores Chaplin | 82% Fresh | AV Club: "The film often plays like a nostalgic doodle, gliding aimlessly from one classic-rock-scored encounter to another. But then, that meandering quality is part of the appeal."

What Maisie Knew Dirs. Scott McGehee, David Siegel, USA | Millennium Entertainment | Cast: Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Alexander Skarsgard, Onata Aprile | 82% Fresh | The New York Times: "'What Maisie Knew'" lays waste to the comforting dogma that children are naturally resilient, and that our casual, unthinking cruelty to them can be answered by guilty and belated displays of affection." | Our TOH! interview with screenwriter Carroll Cartwright.

"What Maisie Knew"
Millennium "What Maisie Knew"


Iron Man 3 Dir. Shane Black, USA | Disney | Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce | 77% Fresh | LA Times: "By even posing questions of identity, the film creates the kind of jeopardy we can believe in, and for a superhero movie, that is an accomplishment in and of itself." | TOH! review and roundup.

Love is All You Need Dir. Susanne Bier, Denmark | Sony Pictures Classics | Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Paprika Steen | 73% Fresh | NPR: "'Love Is All You Need' feels more like a chiropractic realignment than a passionate joining of romantic destinies."

The Iceman Dir. Ariel Vromen, USA | Millennium | Cast: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, James Franco | 70% Fresh | Slate: "If you can tolerate the (at times oppressive) moral bleakness of The Iceman, it’s a chance to watch Shannon spelunk down to some of the darkest places he’s visited yet."

Greetings from Tim Buckley Dir. Dan Algrant, USA | Tribeca Film | Cast: Penn Badgley, Imogen Poots | 60% Fresh | Entertainment Weekly: "This is a melancholy wisp of a movie. Yet it lingers in the heart."

Post Tenebras Lux Dir. Carlos Reygadas, Mexico | Strand Releasing | Cast: Adolfo Jimenez Castro, Nathalia Acevedo | 47% Fresh | The NY Times: "While Mr. Reygadas doesn't always make it easy to watch his work (occasionally the reverse), the Carlos Reygadas Experience is always a worthwhile trip."

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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.