By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 18, 2011 at 5:35AM
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.
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.
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.
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.