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

Thompson on Hollywood 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."
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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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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.