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Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre, Red Riding Hood, Certified Copy, Mars Needs Moms, Black Death

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 11, 2011 at 8:30AM

[Pictured: Red Riding Hood, Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre]There is something for everyone this weekend. If you are somehow still in the mood for mass destruction, despite the tragedy that has befallen Japan, check out Battle: Los Angeles. More interested in classic love stories? Jane Eyre is Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga's smart retelling of Charlotte Bronte's gothic novel; Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy offers a complex investigation of originality, value and love ripe for post-screening debate. Red Riding Hood and Mars Needs Moms should keep younger audiences entertained for a few hours. Indies Black Death and Kill the Irishman provide ample violence and machismo. Film details, reviews and trailers are below.
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[Pictured: Red Riding Hood, Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre]
There is something for everyone this weekend. If you are somehow still in the mood for mass destruction, despite the tragedy that has befallen Japan, check out Battle: Los Angeles. More interested in classic love stories? Jane Eyre is Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga's smart retelling of Charlotte Bronte's gothic novel; Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy offers a complex investigation of originality, value and love ripe for post-screening debate. Red Riding Hood and Mars Needs Moms should keep younger audiences entertained for a few hours. Indies Black Death and Kill the Irishman provide ample violence and machismo. Film details, reviews and trailers are below.

Battle: Los Angeles, Columbia
Dir: Jonathan Liebesman; Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo | 36% on Metacritic, 33% on RottenTomatoes.

Red Riding Hood, Warner Bros. (review round-up)
Dir: Catherine Hardwicke; Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons | 30% on Metacritic, 8% on RottenTomatoes.

Jane Eyre, Focus Features (interviews here and here)
Dir: Cary Fukunaga; Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender | 79% on Metacritic, 90% on RottenTomatoes, B+ on CriticWIRE.

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[Pictured: Kill the Irishman, Elektra Luxx, Black Death, Certified Copy]
Mars Needs Moms, Disney
Dir: Simon Wells; Stars: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler | 51% on Metacritic, 40% on RottenTomatoes.

Certified Copy, IFC Films
Dir: Abbas Kiarostami; Stars: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell | 84% on Metacritic, 87% on RottenTomatoes, B+ on CriticWIRE.

Kill the Irishman, Anchor Bay Films
Dir: Jonatha Hensleigh; Stars: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken | 48% on Metacritic, 62% on RottenTomatoes.

Monogamy, Oscilloscope Pictures
Dir: Dana Adam Shapiro; Stars: Rashida Jones, Chris Messina, Meital Dohan } 47% on Metacritic, 17% on RottenTomatoes.

Black Death, Magnet Releasing
Dir: Christopher Smith; Stars: Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne | 72% on Metacritic, 75% on RottenTomatoes.

Elektra Luxx, Destination Films
Dir: Sebastian Gutierrez; Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Carla Gugino, Timothy Olyphant, Adrianne Palicki | 55% on Metacritic, 32% on RottenTomatoes.

Battle: Los Angeles

Red Riding Hood

Jane Eyre

Certified Copy

Elektra LUxx

Black Death

Kill the Irishman

Monogamy

Mars Needs Moms

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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.