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Weekend Preview: Unknown, I Am Number Four, Big Mommas, Last Lions, Putty Hill

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 19, 2011 at 1:18AM

It's no surprise that indie offerings Putty Hill and the doc The Last Lions score the best reviews of the motley crew of movies that opened for the holiday weekend. Unknown, Liam Neeson's follow-up to sleeper hit Taken is next.
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It's no surprise that indie offerings Putty Hill and the doc The Last Lions score the best reviews of the motley crew of movies that opened for the holiday weekend. Unknown, Liam Neeson's follow-up to sleeper hit Taken is next.

I'd send you to the limited release of Fox Searchlight's Sundance comedy Cedar Rapids, starring Ed Helms and John C. Reilly, or catch up on any Oscar contenders you've missed. Even the Oscar shorts are in circulation at an art-house near you.

We'll report on the box office on Monday morning. In the meantime, check out the trailers and reviews below.

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I Am Number Four, DreamWorks/Disney
Director: D. J. Caruso; Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron, Theresa Palmer
37% on Metacritic, 28% on RottenTomatoes.

Unknown, Warner Bros.
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra; Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aiden Quinn
57% on Metacritic, 54% on RottenTomatoes.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Twentieth Century Fox
Director: John Whitesell; Stars: Martin Lawrence
30% on Metacritic, 6% on RottenTomatoes.

The Last Lions, National Geographic Films
Director: Dereck Joubert; Narrator: Jeremy Irons
68% on Metacritic, 88% on RottenTomatoes

Putty Hill, Indie: The Cinema Guild opens it in New York this weekend, LA gets it April 8
Director: Matthew Porterfield; Stars: Skye Ferreira, Cody Ray, Dustin Ray, James Siebor Jr.
78% on Metacritic, 73% on RottenTomatoes.

Oscar-nominated shorts--animated, live action and documentary:


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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.