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Weekend Must-Sees: The Damned United and An Education

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 9, 2009 at 11:22AM

Weekend Must to Avoid:Couples Retreat Tomatometer 11 % Metascore 24 The notion of Swingers Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau reuniting for a vacation on Bora Bora may seem appealing, but run as fast as you can from this turkey. Making audiences suffer through couples therapy, among other things, was a bad idea.
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Weekend Must to Avoid:
Couples Retreat Tomatometer 11 % Metascore 24
The notion of Swingers Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau reuniting for a vacation on Bora Bora may seem appealing, but run as fast as you can from this turkey. Making audiences suffer through couples therapy, among other things, was a bad idea.

Must-Sees
The Damned United Tomatometer 91 % Metascore 81
In his sixth collaboration with writer Peter Morgan, Michael Sheen tops himself, if that's possible, in the juicy role of larger-than-life Brit soccer coach Brian Clough. The movie, adapted from David Peace's novel and directed by Tom Holland (John Adams) is less about sports than it is about ambition, drive, revenge--and love. Both Timothy Spall and Colm Meany more than hold their own against Sheen.

An Education Tomatometer 90% Metascore 85
A hit on the fest circuit, this witty Brit coming-of-age 60s romance (adapted by Nick Hornby from Lynn Barber's memoir and directed by Lone Scherfig) is giddy, delicious fun--with a dark side. Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard and Alfred Molina all shine.

Mulligan's appearance on David Letterman is on the jump.

This article is related to: Independents, Stuck In Love, Reviews, Weekend Preview, Critics


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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.