The big studios are steering clear of the U.S.S. Enterprise this weekend. (You can read The Cricket's review of "Star Trek: Into Darkness" here.)
So the arthouse slate is picking up the slack, with some intriguing Friday openings.
Best of the lot is "In the House," a seductive and twisty French thriller about a high-school student (Ernst Umhauer) who tries to insinuate himself into the middle-class home of a classmate with an eye toward the kid's hot mom (Emmanuelle Seigner). The student relates his progress through his writing assignments, handed into his French teacher (Fabrice Lucchini), who becomes obsessed with the boy's stories. Director Francois Ozon ("Swimming Pool," "Potiche") ratchets the tension slowly but inexorably through this deliciously decadent drama.