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Weekend Preview: X-Men Lands with Naked Mystique, Indies Beginners and Submarine Are Must-Sees

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 3, 2011 at 4:27AM

It's a weekend of stellar and star-packed openings, with well-reviewed X-Men: First Class opening (finally fanboys get a glimpse at naked Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, picture below), along with buzzing indies Beginners, Submarine and Beautiful Boy. While Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor shine in Mike Mills' Beginners, and in rookie Richard Ayoade's Submarine the "excruciating and the hilarious mingle nearly to perfection, Shawn Ku's Beautiful Boy throws a pity party. Stars Maria Bello and Michael Sheen give as much as they can, but their audience will be severely limited by this grief-stricken drama that labors more than it elevates.
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It's a weekend of stellar and star-packed openings, with well-reviewed X-Men: First Class opening (finally fanboys get a glimpse at naked Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, picture below), along with buzzing indies Beginners, Submarine and Beautiful Boy. While Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor shine in Mike Mills' Beginners, and in rookie Richard Ayoade's Submarine the "excruciating and the hilarious mingle nearly to perfection, Shawn Ku's Beautiful Boy throws a pity party. Stars Maria Bello and Michael Sheen give as much as they can, but their audience will be severely limited by this grief-stricken drama that labors more than it elevates.

Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme and Bill Haney's documentary, The Last Mountain are also in theaters. Reviews, trailers and more details below:

Reviews: RottenTomatoes | MetaCritic

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BoxOffice says: "X-Men: First Class will have no problem fending off The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2 in order to claim the top spot at the box office this coming weekend."

Fangango says: 42% of ticket sales are for X-Men: First Class: "Fandango enjoyed its second-best-selling May in the company’s 11-year history, and its best-ever Memorial Day Weekend ticket sales, thanks in part to The Hangover Part IIKung Fu Panda 2, and Bridesmaids.”  

X-Men: First Class, Twentieth Century Fox | Dir: Matthew Vaughn; Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon | TOH! Review Round-up | TOH! Interviews Scripter/producer Simon Kinberg.

Beginners, Focus Features | Dir: Mike Mills; Cast: Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic | B criticWIRE | ThePlaylist: "A Wonderfully Attuned & Empathetic Look At Love, Life & Grief."

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Film Socialisme, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard, Farbrice Aragno, Jean-Paul Battaggia, Pierre Binggeli, Paul Grivas, Anne-Marie Mieville, Louma Sanbar; Cast: Patti Smith, Elisabeth Vitali, Alain Badiou, Christian Sinniger, Louma Sanbar, Maurice Sarfati | B criticWIRE | ThePlaylist: "A Pointless Exercise In…We Don’t Even Know What"

Beautiful Boy, Anchor Bay | Dir: Shawn Ku; Cast: Maria Bello, Michael Sheen | ThePlaylist: "Beautiful Boy tests the extent to which one can wallow in another person’s grief before it becomes unbearable."

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Submarine, The Weinstein Co. | Dir: Richard Ayoade; Cast: Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige | B+ criticWIRE | ThePlaylist: "A Smart & Sharp Coming-Of-Age Comedy & A Promising Debut." | "Must See."

The Last Mountain, Dada Films (Doc) | Dir: Bill Haney | indieWIRE Interviews Haney: "This film took a village to birth!”

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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.