28 March 2013 1:24 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A number of appealing cinematic treats open this weekend. Derek Cianfrance's crime saga "The Place Beyond the Pines," starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes, is receiving solid critical praise, while Rodney Ascher's documentary "Room 237," examining the wonkiest wonks' theories about Kubrick's "The Shining," is being roundly lauded (Toh! has a love-hate relationship with the film).  Spanish Oscar entry "Blancanieves," which satisfies both the recent silent film trend and the waning fairytale revisionism, is also loved by critics. Quentin Dupieux's surrealist stab "Wrong" is pleasing most reviewers, while Toh! asks thusly of the film's quirks: "Should we care?" Meanwhile latest Stephenie Meyer entry "The Host," starring Saoirse Ronan vs. a body-snatching dystopia, isn't depressing critics, and brawny potential blockbuster "GI Joe Retaliation" is receiving an indifferent shrug. Room 237 Dir. Rodney Ascher, USA | IFC Midnight | Cast: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cox, »

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