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Weekend Preview: Denzel Washington, Sean Penn, John C. Reilly, Tobey Maguire & More

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 2, 2012 at 5:53PM

Check out the slate of films now in theaters, led by the Denzel Washington vehicle "Flight" from Robert Zemeckis. The crowd-pleaser and its beloved leading man will take you on quite a ride, while Sean Penn's strange Euroflick "This Must Be the Place," Disney's animated charmer "Wreck-It Ralph," RZA's "The Man with the Iron Fists," and Tobey Maguire's "The Details" also arrive. Check out reviews, trailers and details on these titles and more below:
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Denzel Washington in 'Flight'
Check out the slate of films now in theaters, led by the Denzel Washington vehicle "Flight" from Robert Zemeckis. The crowd-pleaser and its beloved leading man will take you on quite a ride, while Sean Penn's strange Euroflick "This Must Be the Place," Disney's animated charmer "Wreck-It Ralph," RZA's "The Man with the Iron Fists," and Tobey Maguire's "The Details" also arrive. Check out reviews, trailers and details on these titles and more below:

"Wreck-It Ralph" Disney, US | DIR: Rich Moore CAST (voice): John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch | Immersed in Movies | 85% Fresh | Leonard Maltin: "The first half of the film is a constant delight as clever, funny ideas are presented, one after another."

"A Late Quartet" Entertainment One, US | DIR: Yaron Zilberman CAST: Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Imogen Poots, Catherine Keener | 77% Fresh | EW: "Although the crises are too precious, the performances are treasures, led by Christopher Walken in a surprisingly gentle, soulful key as the group's senior member."

"Flight" Paramount, US | DIR: Robert Zemeckis CAST: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, Melissa Leo, Nadie Velazquez | Immersed in Movies | 76% Fresh | Rolling Stone: "Flight reminds us of what Washington can do when a role hits him with a challenge that would floor a lesser actor. He's a ball of fire, and his detailed, depth-charged, bruisingly true performance will be talked about for years."

"The Bay" Lionsgate, US | DIR: Barry Levinson CAST: Kristen Connolly, Jane McNeill, Christopher Denham | 74% Fresh | Washington Post: "A ripped-from-the-headlines psychological chiller that burrows under the skin with its terrifyingly local twist."

"This Must Be the Place" The Weinstein Co. IT/FR/IRE | DIR: Paolo Sorrentino CAST: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand | 72% Fresh | Variety: "Quirky, hilarious and moving, Sorrentino's first English-lingo production is a road trip of stunning scope yet deep intimacy."

"The Man with the Iron Fists" Universal, US | DIR: RZA CAST: RZA, Ruck Yune, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu | It Proves We No Longer Need Star Wars | 62% Fresh | NYTimes: "As erratically enjoyable as it is consistently ridiculous, the martial arts pastiche 'The Man With the Iron Fists' is the latest evidence that the vogue for neo-exploitation cinema shows no sign of flagging."

"The Details" The Weinstein Co. US | DIR: Jacob Aaron Estes CAST: Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Kerry Washington, Ray Liotta, Laura Linney | 50% Rotten | NYTimes: "Instead of turning soft and squishy, this examination of karma gets tougher as it goes along. Its refusal to settle into a cozy niche may be commercially disastrous, but I take it as a sign of integrity."

"Jack and Diane" Magnolia, US | DIR: Juno Temple, Riley Keough, Kylie Minogue, Dane DeHaan | 13% Rotten | Time Out NY: "Starts with an irresistibly trashy premise and proceeds to treat it with the po-faced pretentiousness of a film-school thesis."
 

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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.