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Weekend Preview: Limitless, Paul, Lincoln Lawyer For Men, Indies Win Win, Cracks, Winter in Wartime

by Sophia Savage
March 18, 2011 5:35 AM
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This weekend, it's Matthew McConaughey and a car vs. Working Title's alien vs. Bradley Cooper on super-human drugs. According to Flixster Forecast:

"The Lincoln Lawyer, the first adaptation of a Michael Connelly novel since Clint Eastwood’s Blood Work in 2002, surged in search activity leading into this weekend. Given that its Want-to-See interest is almost entirely centered with women-over-25, the film will probably have to build a strong case to beat out Britcom Paul, opening on more screens; or Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in Limitless, which is seeing intense Want-to-See interest that is closer to the middle."

Indies Cracks, from Ridley Scott sprig Jordan Scott (and starring a searing Eva Green) and Tom McCarthy and Paul Giamatti's smart sports drama WIN WIN have received strong reviews; the Netherlands' best foreign language Oscar entry Winter in Wartime rounds out the offerings. See below for film details, reviews, images and trailers.

Paul, Universal
Dir: Greg Mottola; Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen | 53% on Metacritc, 68% on RottenTomatoes | TOH! Greg Mottola Interview.

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Limitless, Relativity
Dir: Neil Burger; Stars: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish | 58% on Metacritic, 62% on RottenTomatoes.

The Lincoln Lawyer, Lionsgate
Dir: Brad Furman; Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena | 64% on Metacritic, 80% on RottenTomatoes.

WIN WIN, Fox Searchlight
Dir: Thomas McCarthy; Stars: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor | 76% on Metacritic, 92% | iW Film Page | Early Reviews | TOH! Giamatti Interview.

Cracks, IFC
Dir: Jordan Scott; Stars: Eva Green, Juno Temple | 51% on Metacritic, 41% on RottenTomatoes | iW Film Page.

The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman, China Lion Film Distribution
Dir: Wuershan; Stars: Masanobu Ando, You Benchang, Liu Xiaoye, Ashton Xu | 50% on RottenTomatoes.

Desert Flower, National Geographic Ent.
Dir: Sherry Horman; Stars: Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins, Craig Parkinson, Anthony Mackie | 50% on RottenTomatoes | iW Film Page | At Athena Film Festival | Women and Hollywood Interview with Horman | Women and Hollywood Review.

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Winter in Wartime, Sony Pictures Classics
Dir: Martin Koolhoven; Stars: Martijn Lakemeier, Yorick van Wageningen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Melody Klaver | 65% on Metacritic, 81% on RottenTomatoes | iW Film Page | Shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Oscar.

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