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Weekend Preview: Martha Marcy May Marlene, Le Havre, Margin Call, Three Musketeers & More

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 20, 2011 at 6:46AM

IndieWIRE Pick of the Week Martha Marcy May Marlene and Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre are this weekend's best bets, scoring high with critics across the board. JC Chandor's Margin Call -- a showcase for talented actors -- is arriving at a propitious moment, and could Occupy the box office with the same conviction that protesters are sticking it to Wall Street. (Producer-star Zachary Quinto's pitch-perfect coming out was also well-timed.) Brit import Oranges and Sunshine offers earnest true-story TV-level drama; critics cite Norman's always-watchable Richard Jenkins; Paranormal Activity 3 serves up ample scares; and yet another The Three Musketeers proves just how cheesy 3-D profiteering can be.
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Thompson on Hollywood


IndieWIRE Pick of the Week Martha Marcy May Marlene and Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre are this weekend's best bets, scoring high with critics across the board. JC Chandor's Margin Call -- a showcase for talented actors -- is arriving at a propitious moment, and could Occupy the box office with the same conviction that protesters are sticking it to Wall Street. (Producer-star Zachary Quinto's pitch-perfect coming out was also well-timed.) Brit import Oranges and Sunshine offers earnest true-story TV-level drama; critics cite Norman's always-watchable Richard Jenkins; Paranormal Activity 3 serves up ample scares; and yet another The Three Musketeers proves just how cheesy 3-D profiteering can be.

Reviews, more details and trailers are below:

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Martha Marcy May Marlene, Fox Searchlight, US | Director: Sean Durkin; Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson | A- criticWIRE | 92% Tomatometer | Village Voice: "A deft, old-school psychological thriller (or perhaps horror film) that relies mainly on the power of suggestion and memories of hippie cult crazies." | Sundance Panel Video.

Le Havre, Janus Films, FIN/FR/GER | Director: Aki Kaurismäki; Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, André Wilms, Elina Salo | B+ criticWIRE | 100% Tomatometer | Village Voice: "Le Havre is utopian precisely because it shows everything as it is not." | Globe and Mail: "Kaurismaki conveys his critique of social injustice without a hint of self-righteousness." | TOH! Review Round-up.

Margin Call, Lionsgate, US | Director: J.C. Chandor; Cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci | C+ criticWIRE | 81% Tomatometer | Orlando Sentinel: "Margin Call isn't a sermon, it's a dissection, an all-star big-name top-to-bottom/bottom-to-top analysis of the sorts of people and the kind of mindsets that brought the world to its dire financial state today." | TOH! Interviews Quinto

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, Submarine Entertainment, US | Director: Constance Marks; Cast: Bill Barretta, Fran Bill, Kevin Clash, Joan Ganz Cooney, Whoopi Goldberg | B+ criticWIRE | 86% Tomatometer | THR: "Profile of exceptional performer charms with unexpected delights."

Norman, US | Director: Jonathan Segal; Cast: Dan Byrd, Emily VanCamp, Richard Jenkins, Adam Goldberg, Billy Lush | iW | 43% Tomatometer | Roger Ebert: "For me, Richard Jenkins is the heart of Norman. How often I've admired him; even in unworthy roles, he has such strength, he never seems the need to try." | ThePlaylist: "A Well-Observed, Tender & Moving Ode To Adolescence & Loss."

Oranges and Sunshine, Cohen Media Group, UK/AUS | Director: Jim Loach; Cast: Hugo Weaving, Emily Watson, David Wenham, Greg Stone, Tara Morice | iW | 76% Tomatometer | Variety: "A deeply moving study of emotionally scarred adults." | THR: "Loach has his heart in the right place for his feature debut, but a plodding script and muted staging strangely strip away the emotional punch." | TOH! Interviews Watson |

Paranormal Activity 3, Paramount, US | Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman; Cast: Katie Featherston, Zayd Jaber | 82% Tomatometer | Roger Ebert: "Inexplicably, there are people who still haven't had enough of these movies. The first was a nifty novelty. Now the appeal has worn threadbare." | Variety: "[It] earns points for its low-key ability to keep viewers primed over long stretches to expect that something very bad, or even worse, may happen at any moment."

The Three Musketeers, Summit, GER/FR/UK/US | Director: Paul W. S. Anderson; Cast: Luke Evans, Matthew MacFadyen, Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Ray Stevenson | 26% Tomatometer | Chicago Tribune: "Seriously: What the hell?" | Toronto Star: "The very existence of this film illustrates barrel-scraping desperation of the Hollywood kind." | One of the Summer's Worst Movie 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.