‘The Company You Keep,’ ‘Trance’ and more new movies

This week, Post critics gave three stars to "42" and the new Robert Redford thriller. Here's what our critics had to say about this week's new releases:

"The Company You Keep" (3 stars)
"A good, solid thriller about a fugitive trying to clear his name. ... It’s a pretty gripping one, with secrets, a twist and an only slightly silly ending. The performances are uniformly fine, and Redford’s direction keeps things taut and moving." -- Michael O'Sullivan

In "The Company You Keep," Jim Grant (Robert Redford) is on the run from his past, a reporter and the FBI.

"42" (3 stars)

"A stirring, straightforward and ultimately soaring portrayal of [Jackie] Robinson’s historic entry into Major League Baseball in 1947. ... '42' possesses the solid bones, honeyed light and transporting moral uplift that define an instant classic." -- Ann Hornaday

"Room 237" (2.5 stars)
"What might have been a tiresome stew of obsession, projection, Freud, Jung and continuity errors re-purposed as conspiracy fodder instead becomes a hypnotic homage to a cinematic master whose absence is all the more palpable for his fans’ desperate attempts to revive them: resurrection by interpretation." -- Ann Hornaday

"Trance" (2 stars)
"A lurid, propulsive, twisty and trippy thriller about an amnesiac man who gets hypnotized in order to remember where he has hidden a stolen, multimillion-dollar painting. You’re never quite sure whether what you’re seeing is actually happening or merely the result of a character’s post-hypnotic suggestion. Like “Inception,” a film with which it bears obvious similarities, it’s premised on the mind’s ability to fool itself. That’s one of the film’s pleasures. -- Michael O'Sullivan

"To the Wonder" (1.5 stars)
"The cinematography here is enough to make you swoon. Would that the story were equally compelling. ... At times, 'To the Wonder' borders on self-parody." -- Michael O'Sullivan

"Silver Circle" (1/2 star)
"It’s all told in a breathless, it-could-happen-here tone that makes the film feel more like agitprop than entertainment. As for the animation, several reviewers have compared the look of the film, unfavorably, with a low-end video game. In truth, it more closely resembles one of those Taiwanese viral videos put out by Next Media Animation that turn news stories (such as the Tiger Woods scandal) into quickie, computer-generated cartoons." -- Michael O'Sullivan

Anne Kenderdine’s job is sharing what’s fun to do in D.C. She joined The Washington Post in 2000, and she’s been focused on local arts and entertainment for her whole career. As the Going Out Guide Deputy Editor, she edits the Going Out Gurus blog and stories for the Weekend section and she also shapes the Going Out Guide’s Web site, mobile site, i



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