Weekend Must-Sees: The Damned United and An Education

by Anne Thompson
October 9, 2009 11:22 AM
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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.

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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.

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