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Weekend Movie Guide: A Serious Man is Must-See

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 3, 2009 at 4:46AM

Cinephile Must-SeesA Serious Man Tomatometer 86% Metascore 74This dark Jewish comedy was the best movie I saw in Toronto; top-notch Coens.
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Cinephile Must-Sees
A Serious Man
Tomatometer 86% Metascore 74
This dark Jewish comedy was the best movie I saw in Toronto; top-notch Coens.

Bright Star
Tomatometer 84 % Metascore 82
Director Jane Campion (The Piano) doesn't hit you over the head with anything in Bright Star, a subtle, poignant, controlled, gorgeously-made movie. Sit back and enjoy.

Capitalism: A Love Story
Tomatometer 72% Metascore 60
Michael Moore may throw everything but the kitchen sink into this agit-prop political diatribe, but nonetheless he delivers a moving, provocative and yes, educational entertainment.

Fun for Boys
Tomatometer 89% Metascore 72
This horror comedy starring Woody Harrelson not only wowed the fan boys at Fantastic Fest, but the critics. It's already the number one movie this weekend. If mowing down the undead in clever and amusing ways is your idea of a good time...

Fun for Girls
Whip It
Tomatometer 82% Metascore 67
Producer-director-star Drew Barrymore's female empowerment movie is an American Bend it Like Beckham on skates. The coming-of-age comedy is also impeccably cast, from Ellen Page and her roller derby buddies to parents Marcia Gay Harden and Danny Stern.

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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.