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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘Battle for Terra,’ ‘The Limits of Control,’ ‘Fighting,’ ‘Obsessed’

I quite liked Battle for Terra (opens in the U.S. on May 1; no U.K. release date has been announced yet) when I saw it at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, when it had the gentler moniker of simply Terra. I guess that was too gentle: everyone likes a good war, right? I’m looking forward to seeing the film again now that it’s been 3D-ized, and also to see if stuff I liked about the movie has been changed — for better or for worse — in the interim. (If stuff has been changed, I’d bet it’s for the worse, of course.)

The Limits of Control (opens in the U.S. on May 1; no U.K. release date has been announced) is Jim Jarmusch’s latest, and all I know is that it’s a crime thriller featuring the awesome cast of Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, and Gael García Bernal. And that’s all I need to know.

Fighting (opens in the U.S. on April 24, and in the U.K. on May 15) looks gloriously cheesy, don’t it? In fact, that’s about the best I expect from it — that it will be silly but mildly entertaining. The worst? Well, that’s when I get to have fun writing a review…

Ali Larter is a scary office temp in Obsessed (opens in the U.S. on April 24, and in the U.K. on May 29), which Sony has so much confidence in that it won’t bother to screen the movie at all. And I guess you can’t blame them: who needs to know what critics think about a PG13-rated take on Fatal Attraction that was originally titled Oh No She Didn’t. At least Sony is pal enough to offer us a courtesy screening on Friday morning, so I won’t have to pay to see this one. Well, I won’t have to pay with money. I suspect I’ll be paying in other ways.



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