New Movie Reviews: 'Shame,' 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'Coriolanus' Hitting Theaters

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What is THR's critical take on the films getting released Friday?

Some awards hopefuls hit theaters this weekend.

Shame reteams actor Michael Fassbender with Hunger director Steve McQueen in a story about a 30ish sex-obsessed New Yorker (Fassbender). Carey Mulligan co-stars as his sister. The movie, which premiered at the Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals earlier this year, was slapped with a NC-17 rating by the MPAA’s Classification and Rating Administration for "some explicit sexual content."

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Novelist Julia Leigh makes her way big-screen debut with Sleeping Beauty, which she wrote and directed. The film, which stars Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) and Rachel Blake, is about a young woman who goes into high-end prostitution without involving actual sex. The movie was shown at Cannes his year.

Coriolanus premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February, then debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Director-producer Ralph Fiennes also stars in the movie -- along with Gerard Butler and Vanessa Redgrave -- playing William Shakespeare's Rambo, a Roman soldier who survives odds at his city while seeking the title of consul.

Outrage marks director-screenwrite'sr Takeshi Kitano first flick since Brother. The violent-genre movie, which premiered at Cannes, stars Beat Takeshi, Kippei Shina and Ryo Kase.

Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend, and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office.

Director Steve McQueen's second feature film will stir audiences and critics with Michael Fassbender's scorching portrayal of a sex addict. Click here to read Todd McCarthy's review.

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Sleeping Beauty
Emily Browning stars in director-screenwriter Julia Leigh's debut feature about a young woman who goes into high-end prostitution. Click here to read David Rooney's review.

Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in "Coriolanus" as William Shakespeare's Rambo in a production that delivers heavyweight screen acting at its best. Click here to read Ray Bennett's review.

As violent, amoral and misanthropic as a Jacobean play, "Outrage" is Takeshi Kitano's first yakuza flick since "Brother," and arguably his best film in a decade. Click here to read Maggie Lee's review.

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The life and times and current plight of incarcerated Russian oil-billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky are given a thorough examination in this documentary. Click here to read Neil Young's review.

The movie, competing in the world cinema dramatic section, Is the first feature to be produced by Rwandans. Click here to read Duane Bygre's review.

Also opening this weekend are Watching TV With the Red Chinese, Pastorela, Answers to Nothing and I Am Singh.