Scott Marks 4:30 p.m., Dec. 5
A fun ride while it lasts. Simon (James McAvoy) is an art auctioneer who gets caught up in a scheme to steal Goya's painting Witches in the Air. But he takes a nasty knock on the head during the robbery and develops amnesia. When the painting turns up missing, it's up to hypnotherapist Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson) to discover its whereabouts by digging into Simon's mind. (Hypnosis = witchcraft?) Comparisons will be made to Christopher Nolan's mindscape pic Inception, and rightly so — director Danny Boyle here shares Nolan's taste for plot over character. (Does anyone in either the film or the audience really care if Simon lives or dies?) Comparisons will also be made to Brian DePalma for the self-conscious style and leering sexuality (Simon likes his girls shaved, like classical paintings). But while thrillers thrive on misdirection, there can come a point where you're just jerking folks around. 2013.
— Matthew Lickona