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Weekend Preview: Awards Contender 'The Sessions,' Tyler Perry's Rotten 'Alex Cross'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 19, 2012 at 8:43PM

This weekend, you can see Tyler Perry's attempt at movie-stardom (sans the Medea drag getup) in "Alex Cross," which is being slaughtered by critics...

This weekend, you can see Tyler Perry's attempt at movie-stardom (sans the Medea drag getup) in "Alex Cross," which is being slaughtered by critics. Luckily, Sundance favorite "The Sessions," with John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, is also arriving, as are docs "Brooklyn Castle" and "Bestiaire." Check out reviews, trailers and details below. Also check out reviews on Criticwire.

"Alex Cross" Summit, US | DIR: Rob Cohen CAST: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, Ed Burns, Jean Reno, Cicely Tyson | 13% Rotten | Newsday: "It feels almost cruel to laugh at such a blindly stumbling, dunderheaded action-thriller, but you won't be able to help it."

"The Sessions" Fox Searchlight, US | DIR: Ben Lewin CAST: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood | 95% Fresh | Leonard Maltin: "There are no missteps along the way and it's hard to take your eyes off the screen, even during the most awkward and intimate moments." | TOH Interviews Hawkes.

Brooklyn Castle
"Brooklyn Castle" PDA, US | DIR: Katie Dellamaggiore | 100% Fresh | InContention: "A truly wonderful, uplifting film - because it's an emotional experience that's driven by appreciating and celebrating what these young kids can do."

"Bestiaire" Zeitgeist, CAN/FR | DIR: Denis Côté | 80% Fresh | Village Voice: "Bestiaire is, most profoundly, about the dynamics of looking, an exercise in studying gazes that are either unidirectional or, superficially, at least, reciprocated."

"My Worst Nightmare" Strand Releasing, FR | DIR: Anne Fontaine CAST: Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Poelvoorde, André DussollierVirginie Efira | 50% Rotten | NYTimes: "Its tepid satire of art world pretensions culminates with a visual dirty joke that is mildly amusing but still not worth the wait."

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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.