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Weekend Movie Guide: No Strings Attached. Just Bullets & Alcoholism.

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Natalie Portman, you're forgiven for No Strings Attached. Call me an apologist, but if I'd just broken my body & soul as part of a regimen to become the perfect neurotic ballerina, I'd want to follow it with something fluffy too. But I haven't. Hence, Tetsuo: The Bullet Man.

For those unfamiliar with the Tetsuo films, imagine the Terminator on acid, ripping apart everyone in sight. Now imagine that's who you're rooting for. Tetsuo: The Bullet Man, the third in the Japanese cyberpunk series, features a suitably industrial score from Trent Reznor. It's also the first to be shot in English. No need to worry about subtitles killing your buzz!

Speaking of buzz, Sofia Coppola's Somewhere has plenty to go around. The film picked up a Golden Lion, the highest honor at the Venice Film Festival, and now readies itself for an onslaught of adoration from hipsters and woebegone movie stars. The Danish drama Applause covers similar territory with its story of an actress fighting to reconnect with her children and career. It's not as pretty as Somewhere, but its descent into alcoholism promises a stronger emotional core.

To see something even further off the beaten path, check out our weekly Film Calendar of specialty theatres, revival houses and midnight movies. See you at the movies!

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