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Weekend Preview: Sucker Punch and Wimpy Kid vs. Indies

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 25, 2011 at 1:52AM

The weekend brings few mainstream releases -- just Sucker Punch and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (each mark 27% of Fandango's pre-sales, as of Thursday). If you are seeking something new, you may want to check out indie offerings from well-reviewed doc My Perestroika to Francois Ozon's delightful 70s feminist comedy Potiche starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Details, reviews and trailers are below.
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The weekend brings few mainstream releases -- just Sucker Punch and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (each mark 27% of Fandango's pre-sales, as of Thursday). If you are seeking something new, you may want to check out indie offerings from well-reviewed doc My Perestroika to Francois Ozon's delightful 70s feminist comedy Potiche starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Details, reviews and trailers are below.

Sucker Punch, Warner Bros.
Dir: Zack Snyder; Cast: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens | Metacritic, 25% on RottenTomatoes | Review round-up.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Twentieth Century Fox
Dir: David Bowers; Cast: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachel Harris | Metacritic, RottenTomatoes.

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Miral, The Weinstein Co.
Dir: Julian Schnabel; Cast: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Yasmine A; Massri, Omar Metwally | 46% on Metacritic, 19% on RottenTomatoes, C on criticWIRE. Here's TOH's Venice review.

Peep World, IFC
Dir: Barry W. Blaustein; Cast: Michael C. Hall, Sarah SIlverman, Rainn Wilson, Ben Schwartz, Judy Greer, Kate Mara, Taraji P. Henson, Ron Rifkin | 22% on Metacritic, 30% on RottenTomatoes, C+ on criticWIRE.

My Perestroika (Documentary)
Dir: Robin Hessman | 94% on Metacritic, 89% on RottenTomatoes, A- on criticWIRE.

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Skateland, Freestyle Releasing
Dir: Anthony Burns, Cast: Shiloh Fermandez, Ashley Greene, Taylor Handley, Brett Cullen | Metacritic, RottenTomatoes.

Bal (Honey), Olive Films
Dir: Semih Kaplanoglu; Cast: Bora Altas, Erdel Besikcioglu | 100% on RottenTomatoes | indieWIRE.

White Irish Drinkers, Screen Media Films
Dir: John Gray; Cast: Karen Allen, Anthony Amorim, Zachary Booth, Dan Burkarth | 54% on Metacritic, 60% on RottenTomatoes, C+ on criticWIRE.

Illegal, Film Movement
Dir: Olivier Masset-Depasse; Cast: Anne Coesens, Alexandre Gontcharov | Metacritic, RottenTomatoes, indieWIRE.

Potiche, Music Box Films
Dir: Francois Ozon; Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu | 66% on Metacritic, 75% on RottenTomatoes, B on criticWIRE. Here's TOH's early review round-up.

The 5th Quarter, Rocky Mountain Pictures
Dir: Rick Bieber; Cast: Ryan Merriman, Aiden Quinn, Andie MacDowall | Metacritic, RottenTomatoes.


This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Independents, Video, Reviews, Weekend Preview, Media, Exhibition, Spring, Drama, Documentaries, comedy, Action, Trailers


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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.