4 April 2013 12:25 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ready for intrigue at the movies this weekend? A batch of enigmatic and mysterious thrillers are hitting theaters, with varying critical results. Danny Boyle's "Trance," starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel, is getting praise for its hypnotically high-watt aesthetic, but critics point out this may be a case of style over substance.  Meanwhile, Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color" rates the highest review-wise, though critics understandably admit that they have no idea what's going on in the visually strong but deflatingly impenetrable tale of brain-eating worms, pigs and love in the midst of greater conspiracy.  Shola Lynch's Tiff documentary on incarcerated radical Angela Davis, "Free Angela & All Political Prisoners," is scoring top marks, while Antonio Campos' "Simon Killer," the creepy, austere follow-up to his debut "Afterschool," is also lauded in reviews. Sony's "Evil Dead" revamp, going for straight gore, is liked by critics, despite being »


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