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Weekend Preview: Take Shelter and 50/50 Best Bets; Plus Dream House, Margaret, Tucker & Dale

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 29, 2011 at 8:21AM

How lovely to be amidst the season of quality movies after a summer of fanboy fare and commercial letdowns (exceptions: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Super 8). This weekend offers a wide variety of films to choose from, but both TOH! and indieWIRE recommend achingly good Take Shelter (here's our interview with star Michael Shannon; and iW's with director Jeff Nichols) and heartfelt and sincere 50/50 (our interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt) ahead of the critically-slaughtered and much delayed Margaret, the unimpressive Sarah Palin: You Betcha! or the yet-to-be-screened Dream House or Anna Faris' What's Your Number. For the art house cinephile, there's the difficult-but-worth-it My Joy, while Tucker & Dale vs. Evil offers up a healthy serving of bloody fun for those with the appetite.
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Thompson on Hollywood

How lovely to be amidst the season of quality movies after a summer of fanboy fare and commercial letdowns (exceptions: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Super 8). This weekend offers a wide variety of films to choose from, but both TOH! and indieWIRE recommend achingly good Take Shelter (here's our interview with star Michael Shannon; and iW's with director Jeff Nichols) and heartfelt and sincere 50/50 (our interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt) ahead of the critically-slaughtered and much delayed Margaret, the unimpressive Sarah Palin: You Betcha! or the yet-to-be-screened Dream House or Anna Faris' What's Your Number. For the art house cinephile, there's the difficult-but-worth-it My Joy, while Tucker & Dale vs. Evil offers up a healthy serving of bloody fun for those with the appetite.

And if you haven't already seen Moneyball, Drive and Warrior, you're missing out on some serious movie-going joy. More details, reviews and trailers are below:

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Take Shelter, Sony Pictures Classics, USA | Director: Jeff Nichols; Cast: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Katy Mixon, Shea Whigham, Kathy Baker | B+ criticWIRE | 96% Tomatometer | TOH! interviews Shannon | TOH! Review round-up.

50/50, Summit, USA | Director: Jonathan Levine; Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston | B+ criticWIRE | 91% Tomatometer | TOH! interviews Gordon-Leviit: "It's honest, that's why it's funny." | TOH! Review round-up.

Dream House, Universal, USA | Director: Jim Sheridan; Cast: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Marton Csokas, Claire Geare | Tomatometer | Clips.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Magnet Releasing, USA/CAN | Director: Eli Craig; Cast: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowen, Jesse Moss | B criticWIRE | 90% Tomatometer | Arizona Republic: "It's a sometimes-hilarious send-up of slasher movies that buries a surprising amount of sweetness under buckets of gore."

Margaret, Fox Searchlight, USA | Director: Kenneth Lonergan; Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, J. Smith-Cameron | iW | 46% Tomatometer | TOH! Review round-up: "A Horrific, Pretentious, Operatic and Remarkable Mess of Movie?"

Sarah Palin: You Betcha!, Freestyle Releasing, USA/CAN | Director: Nick Broomfield | C+ criticWIRE | 38% Tomatometer | NY Observer: "There may be worse things in life than sitting through a 90-minute movie about Sarah Palin. At the moment, I just can't think of any."

What's Your Number?, Twentieth Century Fox, USA | Director: Mark Mylod; Cast: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Zachary Quinto, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor | 29% Tomatometer | TotalFilm: "Faris fans awaiting a role to do her justice will have to wait a little longer."

My Joy, Kino Int'l, GER/UKRAINE/NETHERLANDS | Director: Sergei Loznitsa; Cast: Vlad Ivanov, Viktor Nemets, Olga Shuvalova | B+ criticWIRE | 88% Tomatometer | Village Voice: "A maddening vision and one of the year's must-see provocations."

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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.