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Weekend Preview: Hop, Insidious and Must-Sees Source Code and Oscar-Winner In A Better World

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 1, 2011 at 5:00AM

It's a mixed bag at the box office this weekend, and the LAT warns that "Easter may still be weeks away, but that won't stop the holiday's iconic bunny from bouncing right over the competition at the box office this weekend." However, there are finer eggs in the basket if you are willing to hunt for them. Susanne Bier's Oscar-winning In A Better World offers serious cinematic substance, and Source Code offers stylish sci-fi action from Moon's outside-the-box director Duncan Jones. The Office funny man Rainn Wilson stars alongside Ellen Page in super-hero dark comedy Super.
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It's a mixed bag at the box office this weekend, and the LAT warns that "Easter may still be weeks away, but that won't stop the holiday's iconic bunny from bouncing right over the competition at the box office this weekend." However, there are finer eggs in the basket if you are willing to hunt for them. Susanne Bier's Oscar-winning In A Better World offers serious cinematic substance, and Source Code offers stylish sci-fi action from Moon's outside-the-box director Duncan Jones. The Office funny man Rainn Wilson stars alongside Ellen Page in super-hero dark comedy Super.

More on the weekend's lineup, including trailers, reviews and links is below:

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Source Code, Summit
Dir: Duncan Jones; Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan | 74% Metacritic, 87% Tomatometer | indieWIRE | At SXSW | TOH! Interview with Jones & Gyllenhaal.

Hop, Universal
Dir: Tim Hill; Cast: James Marsden, Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, Hank Azaria | 41% Metacritic, 24% Tomatometer.

In a Better World, Sony Pictures Classics
Dir: Susanne Bier; Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm | 63% Metacritic, 81% Tomatometer | indieWIRE | TOH! Interview with Susanne Bier | Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Winner.

Insidious, FilmDistrict
Dir: James Wan; Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Andrew Astor | 53% Metacritic, 62% Tomatometer | indieWIRE.

Cat Run, Lleju Productions
Dir: John Stockwell; Cast: Paz Vega, Christopher McDonald, Tony Curran, Scott Mechlowitz | 32% Metacritic, 11% Tomatometer.

Super, IFC Midnight
Dir: James Gunn; Cast: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon | 56% Metacritic, 49% Tomatometer | indieWIRE.

Trust, Millennium Entertainment
Dir: David Schwimmer; Cast: Catherine Keener, Clive Owen, Jason Clarke, Viola Davis, Noah Emmerich | 67% Metacritic, 61% Tomatometer.

Wrecked, IFC Midnight
Dir: Michael Greenspan; Cast: Adrien Brody | 67% Metacritic, 42% Tomatometer | indieWIRE.

Check out more indie releases here and Women and Hollywood's Women Films at the Theater This Weekend.

This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Independents, Weekend Preview, Media, Spring, Jake Gyllenhaal


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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.