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Weekend Preview: Testosterone Rules Box Office with Moneyball, Killer Elite, Machine Gun Preacher

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 22, 2011 at 8:22AM

There's a lot of testosterone at the box office this weekend. The subtle kind: Brad Pitt's heartfelt sports drama Moneyball. The less subtle kind: Killer Elite and The Badass Gerard Butler Show (aka Machine Gun Preacher). The subversive kind: Andrew Haigh's exceptionally reviewed gay romance Weekend. Add to that list Chris Evans' I-Can-Be-Edgy-Like-Ryan-Gosling-Too Puncture, in which he plays a drug addict lawyer amidst a true-story pharmaceutical conspiracy, and Cameron Crowe's love letter to rock stars, Pearl Jam Twenty. Details, reviews and trailers on these films and more below:
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Thompson on Hollywood

There's a lot of testosterone at the box office this weekend. The subtle kind: Brad Pitt's heartfelt sports drama Moneyball. The less subtle kind: Killer Elite and The Badass Gerard Butler Show (aka Machine Gun Preacher). The subversive kind: Andrew Haigh's exceptionally reviewed gay romance Weekend. Add to that list Chris Evans' I-Can-Be-Edgy-Like-Ryan-Gosling-Too Puncture, in which he plays a drug addict lawyer amidst a true-story pharmaceutical conspiracy, and Cameron Crowe's love letter to rock stars, Pearl Jam Twenty. Details, reviews and trailers on these films and more below:

Moneyball, Colombia, US | Dir: Bennett Miller; Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman | B+ criticWIRE | 90% Tomatometer | "Funny, Deep and Illuminating." | TIFF Review Round-up | A Toronto Winner.

Weekend, Sundance Selects, UK | Dir: Andrew Haigh; Cast: Tom Cullen, Chris New | B+ criticWIRE | 100% Tomatometer | Salon: "One of the bravest, most honest and most accomplished stories of gay love and sex ever rendered on film." | TOH! Interviews Haigh.

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Machine Gun Preacher, Relativity, US | Dir: Marc Forster; Cast: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Madeline Carroll, Kathy Baker | C criticWIRE | 33% Tomatometer | EW: "It's like Machete remade as an awards-bait snoozer." | It's Rambo.

Killer Elite, Open Road, US | Dir: Gary McKendry; Cast: Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen, Yvonne Strahovski, Dominic Purcell | C+ criticWIRE | 33% Tomatometer | "A generic Jason Statham movie with two high-profile guest stars." | Open Road Films' First Feature.

Puncture, Millenium, US | Dir: Adam Kassen, Mark Kassen; Cast: Chris Evans, Brett Cullen, Michael Biehn, Vinessa Shaw, Kate Burton | iW | 55% Tomatometer | THR: "This is a well-made movie, make no mistake. It just suffers from a dysfunctional hero."

Pearl Jam Twenty, Abramorama, US | Dir: Cameron Crowe; Cast: Kurt Cobain, Eddie Veder, Neil Young, Layne Staley, Chris Cornell | C+ criticWIRE | 64% Tomatometer | AP: "Any enterprise like this is inherently self-congratulatory, but the film is best considered from Crowe's perspective: that of a fan." | TOH! Interviews Crowe.

Shit Year, Cinemad, US | Dir: Cam Archer; Cast: Ellen Barkin, Melora Walters, Luke Grimes | C+ criticWIRE | Time Out: "A teeth-gnashing example of film-school pretentiousness." | TOH! Wasn't Impressed at Cannes 2010.

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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.