In Theaters Oct. 21

 Drew Innis/Fox Searchlight

A quick look at movies opening wide Friday, Oct. 21.

Martha Marcy May Marlene (Fox Searchlight)
Directed by Sean Durkin

The Olsen twins' kid sister gives an Oscar-buzzed performance as a traumatized refugee from a cult run by a charismatic creep (John Hawkes) who renames her Marcy May in this smart, simmering thriller. "Bypassing the minefield navigated since childhood by her big sisters, Elizabeth Olsen steps onto the radar as a seriously accomplished actor in this mesmerizing drama," THR's David Rooney wrote from Sundance. "Right through to its ambiguous ending, the spell is transfixing."

Le Havre (Janus Films)
Directed by Aki Kaurismaki

In a French port city, a young African (Blondin Miguel) escapes from a container full of illegal immigrants and into the lives of the colorful locals. "Pure pleasure," THR's Kirk Honeycutt wrote from Cannes, "a fairy tale informed by old movies. … An old-fashioned film where working-class people can perform heroic deeds, idealism is never scorned and even a crafty cop (think Claude Rains in Casablanca) can have a soft spot."

The Three Musketeers (Summit Entertainment)
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson

The umpeenth adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' swashbuckler is the first in 3D, with a Pirates of the Caribbean vibe and Christoph Waltz, Orlando Bloom, Matthew Macfadyen and Milla Jovovich. Forget a Pirates payday. "A picture largely content to recycle established action-movie stunts includes an unimaginative deployment of 3D effects," THR's Neil Young wrote from the San Sebastian festival.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (Submarine Entertainment)
Directed by Constance Marks

This delightful doc pulls back the curtain to reveal the talent behind the giggly Sesame Street puppet America loves: Kevin Clash. "It's wonderfully enhanced by a timeline of home video, archival footage and TV clips," THR's Justin Lowe wrote from Sundance.

ALSO OPENING

Paranormal Activity 3 (Paramount), directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulmanl

Johnny English Reborn (Universal), directed by Oliver Parker

Retreat (Goldwyn), directed by Carl Tibbetts

Full reviews can be found at THR.com.

 
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