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Weekend Preview: Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights,' Meier's 'Sister,' Jarecki's 'House I Live In' & Lee Daniel's Hot Mess

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 5, 2012 at 11:40AM

A strong selection of films arrive in theaters this weekend. Not only are "Frankenweenie," "Taken 2" and "V/H/S" fighting for audience attention, there's also Switzerland's powerful Foreign Language Oscar entry from Ursula Meier, "Sister," and Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" follow-up, the painfully beatiuful and audacious "Wuthering Heights." Both are must-sees, along with two docs, Eugene Jarecki's Sundance winner, "The House I Live In," an absorbing look at the failed "war on drugs," and "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare."
"The House I Live In"
"The House I Live In"

"Taken 2" Twentieth C. Fox, FR | DIR: Olivier Megaton CAST: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen | 16% Rotten | Roger Ebert: "The cast is uniformly capable and dead serious, and if you're buying what Luc Besson is selling, he's not short-changing you."

"Trade of Innocents" Monterey Media, US/THAI | DIR: Christopher Bessette CAST: Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino | Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative | Village Voice: "Not for the first time in films, noble intent is at odds with aesthetics."

"Butter" Radius-TWC, US | DIR: Jim Field Smith CAST: Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone, Ashley Greene | 37% Rotten | LA Times: "Given the talent assembled for this diversion, you can't believe it's not better."

This article is related to: Sister (L'enfant d'en haut), Wuthering Heights, The House I Live In, Frankenweenie, Weekend Preview, Reviews, Box Office

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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.