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Danish director Lone Scherfig's romantic drama ONE DAY follows star crossed lovers Emma and Dexter lead characters for 20 years on the same day from when they first meet after their college graduation. Sadly, Anne Hathaway cannot handle Emma's British accent and Jim Sturgess lacks charm. Beck Ireland reviews.
Brit Marling and Mike Cahill have broken new ground with their second film, the indpendent drama Another Earth. Winner of the year's Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Cannes, Beck Ireland gives the film a rave review.
Berlinale 2011 - Household X (Kazoku X)
Household X - Review of the film Household X which screened at the 2011 Berlinale
Zero Bridge review. Tariq Tapa’s first film, the award winning 'Zero Bridge' tells the story of a young pickpocket who is seeking away of out Kashmir. He might find salvation from an unlikely source, the woman he has robbed. Marcy reviews.
A Review of Sofia Coppola's Somewhere: Stephen Dorff stars as Johnny Marco, a dissolute movie star, living in the Chateau Marmont whose life is turned upside down with the arrival of his eleven year old daughter. Marcy Dermansky reviews Sofia Coppola's marvelous new film.
Review David O Russell's THE FIGHTER. A classic story of a local boy who makes good, THE FIGHTER is rendered electric by the tremendous performances, especially that of Christian Bale as crack addict Dicky Ward, who in his better days once knocked out Sugar Ray Leonard. Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo star.
Review of BLACK SWAN. Darren Aronofsky’s ballet movie BLACK SWAN is riveting stuff: entertaining, enthralling, over-the-top, terrifically tense, sometimes funny, and just plain good. The film is Natalie Portman’s movie to make or break, and she rocks it.
World/Independent Film Recent Reviews
For a reverse-chronological list of reviews of reviews by Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth for About.com.
Phish 3D - Jurgen Fauth reviews Phish 3D.
An Education - Marcy review's Lone Scherfig's An Education starring the luminous Carey Mulliagan and Peter Sarsgaard.
Youth In Revolt
Youth In Revolt - Will Michael Cera get laid? Miguel Arteta tackles the epic question in YOUTH IN REVOLT, an adaptation of C.D. Payne's 1995 cult novel. As girl of Nick Twisp's dream's, newcomer Portia Doubleday is the first major discovery of 2010.
A Single Man
A Single Man Review - Tom Ford's "A Single Man," adapted from Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel, tells the story of George Falconer (Colin Firth), an English professor grieving the loss of his long term partner Jim (Matthew Goode).
Review: The Last Station
Set in the last years of Leo Tolstoy's life, Michael Hoffman's Last Station tells the story of Tolstoy's last days.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Review of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans by Werner Herzog starring Nicolas Cage
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Review: FANTASTIC MR. FOX -- What a fantastic idea it was, for Wes Anderson to adapt Roald Dahl's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox.' While the film may certainly please kids (though in some instances there is cause for genuine alarm), it's cinema-candy for grown-ups. I left the screening room thinking, I want to see this movie again.
Trucker review - Michelle Monaghan is getting Oscar buzz for her performance in James Mottern's indie drama TRUCKER. Nathan Fillion, Benjamin Bratt, Joey Lauren Adams, and Jimmy Bennett co-star.
Jennifer's Body - A Review of 'Jennifer's Body.' Gory rather than scary, mean-spirited rather than funny, Jennifer's Body is a nasty piece of work. Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried star in Diablo Cody's dark followup to the sweet and gentle 'Juno.'
Taking Woodstock - A review of Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock. Ang Lee lighten ups in this warm and funny adaptation of Elliot Tiber's memoir. Comic Demetri Martin is terrific in his first starring role. The cast also includes Imelda Staunton, Emilie Hirsh, Paul Dano and Liev Scrierber, who does terrific work in a dress.
The Answer Man
The Answer Man review - John Hindman's debut feature THE ANSWER MAN is a pleasant and enjoyable film, easy to go down, and often wrong in the details: a perfect fit for TV rather than the silver screen. The always terrific Jeff Daniels and Gilmore Girls' Lauren Graham star in as the romantic leads. The supporting cast includes two rising ingenues -- Olivia Thirlby and Kat Dennings -- and Lou Taylor Pucci.
(500) Days of Summer
(500) Days of Summer - A review of (500) Days of Summer starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel light up the screen in Marc Webb's directorial debut (500) Days of Summer. That may sound corny, but it's true. Marcy Dermansky reviews for About.com.
Whatever Works review - Woody Allen returns to his home turf for Whatever Works, a New York comedy starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, and Ed Begley Jr. After a string of flops, this new Woody Allen film works.
Away We Go
Away We Go review - a review of Away We Go, the new Sam Mendes film written by novelists Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, starring John Kransinski and Maya Rudolph. Novelist Marcy Dermansky gives her personal take.
A review of Erick Zonca's 'Julia' starring Tilda Swinton. 'Julia', starring Tilda Swinton in a shatteringly convincing performance, is a non-stop, disturbing, exhilarating, all-engrossing experience. Erick Zonca's film is an unlikely thriller, and a terrifyingly good one at that. In the title role, Swinton's portrayal of an alcoholic who has...
The Limits of Control
The Limits of Control, the new film by Jim Jarmush, reviewed by Marcy Dermansky
The Exploding Girl
The Exploding Girl: A Review. To appreciate Bradley Rust Grey's melancholy film "The Exploding Girl," screening in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival, you're going to have to love looking at rising star Zoe Kazan. You're going to have to let yourself get swept away in repeated quiet moments, extreme close ups of Zoe riding the subway, or sitting on a bed staring into space, lying in the bath or cradling a new born baby.
American Violet review: Tim Disney's "American Violet" is based on the true story of Dee Roberts (Nicole Behari), a single black mother from a small Texas town who is dragged out of work in handcuffs for trafficking drugs during a an aggressive raid on housing project in the year 2000.
Lymelife Lacks Angst
Derick Martini's second film Lymelife is so earnest, sensitive, and well intentioned that it seems cruel to do anything but praise it. Set in 1970's Long Island, the indie drama is told through the eyes of fifteen-year-old Scott Bartlett (Rory Culkin), a sensitive youth obsessed with Adrianna, the beret wearing girl next door (Emma Roberts) and disturbed by his parents' crumbling marriage (Jill Hennessy and Alec Baldwin).
Kirsten Stweart and Jesse Eisenberg star in Adventureland, Greg Mottola's follow-up to Superbad. Read Jurgen Fauth's review.
The Education of Charlie Banks
The Education of Charlie Banks review - Fred Durst's debut film "The Education of Charlie Banks" is a surprisingly amiable coming-of-age tale that is especially remarkable for its honesty about class. Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Christopher Marquette, Sebastian Stan and Eva Amurri.
Review of Sin Nombre, the immigrant thriller directed by Cary Fukunaga
The Cake Eaters
The Cake Eaters review - Mary Stuart Masterson's debut film The Cake Eaters features Kristen Stewart as a dying teen age girl searching for happiness and sex before in small town America.
Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho contribute short films to the anthology film Tokyo! Jurgen Fauth reviews.
In Tykwer's big budget thriller 'The International,' Clive Owen and Naomi Watts are sent racing through densely populated cityscapes in scenes reminiscent of 'Run Lola Run.' The International couldn't be any more timely; its shadowy power brokers and villainous bankers could have slinked out of the day's headlines.
Nerd culture reigns supreme and the geekss do indeed inherit in Kyle Newman's Fanboys, an amiable comedy about a group of rabid Star Wars fans who, in 1999, take a cross-country road trip to see The Phantom Menace before it comes out. With Jay Baruchel, Christopher Marquette, Kristen Bell, Sam Huntington, Dan Fogler -- and some high-powered cameos.
Review of Coraline, Henry Selick's 3-D animated movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman's book.
The Toe Tactic
The Toe Tactic review - Emily Hubley's debut film The Toe Tactic features a dreamy performance by newcomer Lily Rabe, animated dogs and an evocative soundtrack by Yo La Tengo. The Toe Tactic had it's theatrical debut at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
"The Wrestler" review - Mickey Rourke gives a heart-breakingly good performance in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler." Evan Rachel Woods and Marisa Tomei co-star.
Review: Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire review - A review of Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, winner of the audience award at the Toronto Film Festival. Slumdog Millionaire, the story of a Mumbai street kid attempts to become a contestant on India's 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' is poised to be the feel good movie of the season.
Review: The Guitar
The Guitar - a review - A review of Amy Redford's debut film The Guitar. Saffron Burrow stars as a young woman told she has two months to live. Isaach De Bankolé, Paz de la Huerta and Janine Garafalo co-star.
Milk: Sean Penn Stars in Gus Van Sant's Film About Harvey Milk
Milk review - A review of Gus Van San'ts Milk, starring Sean Pean, telling the courageous story of Harvey Milk, a 1970's gay activist. Allison Pill, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, and James Franco also star.
Synecdoche, New York
The directorial debut of acclaimed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is an overambitious meta-narrative about a director producing an overambitious meta-narrative. From the punny title to the bitter end, Synecdoche, New York is driven by its creator and main character's desperate attempts to address the grand themes -- art, love, life, and death. The one self-referential twist that Kaufman didn't intend: both the play-within-the-movie and the movie itself are disastrous failures.
Ballast - A Review of Lance Hammer's Ballast - Lance Hammer's independent film Ballast is set in the rural South.
Filth and Wisdom
Filth and Wisdom review. Filth and Wisdom review. Madonna's directorial debut Filth and Wisdom, starring Eugene Hutz of the gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, in a moderate success.
Review Wendy and Lucy
Wendy and Lucy Review - A Review of Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy. Michelle Williams gives a wonderful performance in Kelly Reichart's Wendy and Lucy, appearing in every scene of the film, portraying a homeless woman on her way to Alaska who loses her dog.
Christmas on Mars
The Flaming Lips' feature film "Christmas on Mars" is finally getting released -- sort of. In a characteristically unpredictable move, the film will begin an underground tour of offbeat venues around the country next week at the KGB Kraine Theater, a retrofitted Ukranian Socialist Social Club in New York.
The Lucky ones
The Lucky Ones Review - A review of The Lucky Ones, a Neil Burger film. Rachel McAdams, Michael Pena, Tim Robbins, Spencer Garrett, Molly Hagen star in The Lucky Ones.
Rachel Getting Married
Rachel Getting Married Review - A Review of Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married starring Anne Hathaway as you have never seen before. Rosemarie Dewitt, Mather Zickel, Bill Irwin, Anna Deveare Smith, Anisa George, Tunde Adebimpe and Debra Winger also star
Blindness review - A review of Fernando Meirelles' Blindness, starring Don McKellar, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael Garcia Bernal, Danny Glover.
Burn After Reading
Burn After Reading Review - A review of The Coen Brother's Burn After Reading, starring George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, and Brad Pitt.
Trouble The Water
A review of Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Hurricane Katrina documentary Trouble the Water, starring Kimberly Rivers aka Black Kold Medina.
Vicky Christina Barcelona Review
Vicky Christina Barcelona Review - A review of Woody Allen's Vicky Christina Barcelona starring Scarlett Johansson, Javier Barden, Penelope Cruz, and Rebecca Hall. Even a sapphic kiss between leading ladies can not redeem the mediocre offering.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the new animated Star Wars movie produced by Lucasfilm, set during the Clone Wars between Episodes II and III. We've got the review.
Elegy review - A review of Isabel Coixet's film Elegy starring Penelope Cruz and Kingsley. Based on a novel by Philip Roth, the novel focuses on the generous abundance of Penelope Cruz's breasts.
Mark and Jay Duplass' Baghead (2008)
The second film by the Duplass Brothers, Baghead a low-budget genre-mixing story about a group of unemployed actors who retreat to a country cabin to write a horror script -- only to find themselves entrapped in their very own horror story. Greta Gerwig, Ross Partridge, Steve Zissis, Ross Partridge, and Elise Muller star.
The Dark Knight
Two hours and twenty minutes, a gazillion dollars, a sterling cast, and an eight story IMAX screen werenÂ’t enough for Christopher Nolan's "THe Dark Knight" to tickle a single thrill.
Rising star Willand Holland makes a strong impression in Jason' Freeland's otherwise amateurish indie film "Garden Party." The ensemble cast also includes Vinessa Shaw, Richard Gunn, Patrick Fischler, and Fiona Dourif.
"The Wackness" A review of Jonathan Levine's "The Wackness" a surprisingly tender coming of age film about a white teenage drug dealer in the summer of 1994 in New York. Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Famke Janssen, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Olivia Thirlby star.
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl:
A review of Patricia Rozema's Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. Abigail Breslin stars as 9-year-old Kit Kittredge, an aspiring newspaper journalist out to solve a mystery during the Great Depression. The ensemble cast includes Stanley Tucci, Glenne Headly, Jane Krakowski, Julia Ormond and Wallace Shawn.
The Incredible Hulk
Director Louis Leterrier avoids taking any chances: "The Incredible Hulk," written by superhero veteran Zak Penn, is as by-the-numbers as they come. Not even talented Ed Norton as tormented scientist Bruce Banner can breathe life into this unnecessary remake.
Samantha Morton stars in "Expired," an offbeat comedy about a meter maid who falls in love with a parking official. Illeana Douglas, Jason Patric, Teri Garr, and Sonia Iris Lozada also star in Cecilia Miniucchi's debut film.
Clark Gregg directed and apapted Chuck Palhniuk's "Choke." Starring Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Brad William Henke, Kelly Macdonald & Clark Gregg. "Choke" opens September 26, 2008.
David Gordon Green ("George Washington," "Snow Angels") leaves the independent film world behind with his new stoner comedy produced by Judd Apatow "Pineapple" Express starring James Franco and Seth Rogan.
"The Go-Getter" is a vivid, fun road movie, full of surprising twists (along with a little sex, some drugs and an instantly-classic rock'n'roll score by M. Ward). Starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone, M. Ward, Judy Greer, Nick Offerman and Brian McNamara, the film is written and directed by Martin Hynes. The film opens June 6, 2008.
The Foot Fist Way
THE FOOT FIST WAY is an uproarious, full-contact comedy featuring one of this year's least likely of heroes. Shot in just 19 days on a credit card-financed micro-budget with a cast of mostly newcomers, the film became an overnight smash at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
David Mamet's Redbelt tells that story of Mike Terry, a Jiu-jitsu master who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, choosing to instead pursue a life of honor and education by operating a self-defense studio in Los Angeles. The strong ensemble cast of Redbelt includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen, Emily Mortimer, Alice Braga, and Joe Mantegna.
The situation in Tom McCarthy's second Film The Visitor is ripe with drama: Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins), an economics professor and quintessential sad man, returns to his Greenwich Village apartment when his Connecticut college pressures him to present a lecture at NYU. His apartment, however, isn't empty. Illegal immigrants have moved in: an attractive young couple, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira).
WAR, INC. is a funny and poignant film in the vein of “Grosse Pointe Blank.” Co-written by Mark Leyner, Jeremy Pikser and producer/star John Cusack, the film also stars Hilary Duff, Marisa Tomei, Joan Cusack, Sir Ben Kingsley and Dan Aykroyd.
Savage Grace (2008)
Julianne Moore stars in Tom Kalin's "Savage Grace," a tale of decadence and dysfunction among the postwar international elite, based upon the acclaimed exposé of the notorious Baekeland scandal.
Tarsem's The Fall
Tarsem Singh's thriller "The Fall" tells the story of a little immigrant girl (Catinca Untaru) finds herself in a hospital recovering from a fall.
Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River," winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, takes place in a desolate American landscape, an impoverished town in Upstate New York on the edge of Mohonk reservation and the Canadian border. Melissa Leo and Misty Upham star as unlikely immigrant smugglers.
Andrew Fleming's Hamlet 2, a smash hit at the Sundance Film Festival, opens August 22, 2008. Steve Coogan stars as as a failed actor and drama coach in Andy Fleming's bawdy satirical take on inspirational teachers. Catherine Keener co-stars as Coogan's wife. Elisabeth Shue plays herself.
THE BABYSITTERS directed by David Ross and starring John Leguizamo, Katherine Waterston, Cynthia Nixon, will open May 9, 2008 in New York with a national release to follow.
Sex and Death 101
SEX & DEATH 101 marks the reunion of writer/director Winona Ryder with his Heathers leading lady, Winona Ryder. The cast also includes Leslie Bibb, Julie Bowen, Sophie Monk, Mindy Cohn), Dash Mihok, Patton Oswalt and Neil Flynn .
The Children of Huang Shi
Roger Spottiswoode's "The Children of Huang Shi" tells the story of George Hogg, a young British journalist, who rescues 60 orphaned children. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat, Radha Mitchell and Guang Wen Li star.
The Life Before Her Eyes
Vadim Perelman's "The Life Before Her Eyes" tells the story of Diana (Uma Thurman) suburban wife and mother who begins to question her seemingly perfect life--and perhaps her sanity--on the 15th anniversary of a tragic high school shooting that took the life of her best friend. Evan Rachel Woods plays Diana in a series of flashbacks.
Harmony Korine's "Mister Lonely" marks his return to direction since julien donkey-boy (1999. Diego Luna stars as a young American who works as a Michael Jackson lookalike meets Marilyn Monroe (played by Samantha Morton).
The Other Boleyn Girl
Justin Chadwick's The Other Boleyn Girl features the heaving bosom of Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman's trembling lips. A lurid costume drama delivered in soft focus, the young actresses put on their best English accents and Victoria gowns and duke it out for the king (Eric Bana.)
Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, and Charlize Theron star in "Sleepwalking," a drama about the bond that develops between a 30-year-old man and his young niece after the girl's mother suddenly leaves town. Directed by William Maher from a screenplay by Zac Stanford, "Sleepwalking" also stars Dennis Hopper and Woody Harrelson.
Michael Haneke's English remake of his own film "Funny Games" about a middle-class family on vacation endures a terrifying ordeal at the hands of two psychopaths. Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Michael Pitt star.
Watching The Detectives
In Paul Soter's debut film "Watching The Detectives," a film buff's (Cillian Murphy) world is turned upside down when a real-life femme fatale (Lucy Liu) provides far more adventure than he ever experienced.
My Blueberry Nights
In Wong Kar Wai's "My Blueberry Nights" a young woman (Norah Jones) takes a soul-searching journey across America to resolve her questions about love while encountering a series of memorable characters along the way. Jude Law and Natalie Portman also star.
Ramin Bahrani’s insightful tale of a boy’s life on the mean streets of Queens. CHOP SHOP will have a two-week engagement, February 27 – March 11, at Film Forum.
From director Michael Radford (THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, IL POSTINO) comes FLAWLESS, a clever diamond-heist thriller set in swinging 1960s London. Starring Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Lambert Wilson. Opens March 28, 2008.
David Gordon Green's "Snow Angels," adapted from the novel of the same title by Stewart O'Nan, is two stories of love and loss converging. The film stars Sam Rockwell, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Angarano, Griffin Dunne, Amy Sedaris and Olivia Thirlby. "Snow Angels" opens on March 7, 2008.
Then She Found Me
Helen Hunt makes her feature directing debut with THEN SHE FOUND ME, a touching story of schoolteacher April Epner (Hunt) and her very unlikely path towards personal fulfillment. Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick, and Ben Shenkm an star.
Kimberly Peirce ("Boy's Don't Cry") directs "Stop Loss," the story of a decorated Iraq war hero Sgt. Brandon King (Ryan Philippe) who makes a celebrated return to his small Texas hometown following his tour of duty. Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ciarán Hinds also star.
Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day
Bharat Nalluri directs this sophisticated and heartfelt comedy starring Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Lee Pace, Ciarán Hinds, and Shirley Henderson.
Be Kind Rewind - A Michel Gondry film, starring Jack Black - Be Kind Rewind
Jack Black stars in Be Kind Rewind, a one-of-a-kind comedy from the mind of writer/director Michel Gondry Be Kind Rewind features a cast that includes Mos Def, Danny Glover, and Mia Farrow. It is scheduled for a January 25, 2008 release.
There Will Be Blood
Set in the booming West coast oil fields at the turn of the 20th century, Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" follows the rise of rugged prospector Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) who becomes an independent oilman after hitting it rich with the strike of a lifetime. He realizes the American dream, and is destroyed by it.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter star in Tim Burton's film adaptation about the blood hungry barber.
Grace is Gone
John Cusack stars as a young father whose soldier wife has just been killed while in the line of duty in Iraq in James Strouse's drama "Grace is Gone."
Youth Without Youth
Francis Ford Coppola’s "Youth Without Youth" stars Tim Roth as Dominic Matei, an aging professor of linguistics who survives a cataclysmic event to find his youth miraculously restored. Youth Without Youth also stars Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Pirici, Marcel Iures and Andre M. Hennicke.
The Kite Runner - A Marck Forster film - The Kite Runner
Based one on of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Marc Foster's "The Kite Runner" is a profoundly emotional tale of friendship, family, devastating mistakes and redeeming love. Opens December 14th, 2007.
No Country for Old Men
Taciturn cowboy Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) finds a suitcase full of money out near the Rio Grande -- along with several dead Mexicans and a pick up truck full of heroin. Our hero knows that he shouldn't take the money, but he takes it anyway. For the duration of No Country For Old Men, the Coen Brothers' slick adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy...
Starting Out In The Evening
The women in Andrew Wagner's second film "Starting Out in the Evening," based on the novel by Brian Morton, tend to beam and glow an awful lot. Aging writer Lionel Schiller (Frank Langella) is surrounded by red heads: his daughter Ariel (Lili Taylor) and a star struck grad student (the luminous Lauren Ambrose).
Coming Soon: Southland Tales
Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales is an epic story set over the course of three days that culminates in a massive 4th of July celebration. The ensemble cast includes Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Janeane Garofalo, Amy Poehler, and Kevin Smith.
Coming Soon: The Savages
Tamara Jenkin's THE SAVAGES is an irreverent comic drama about a pair of adult siblings who are suddenly plucked from their self-absorbed lives and forced to care for their estranged and elderly father who never cared for them. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney star.
Juno - Ellen Page stars - Juno
JUNO stars Ellen Page as the title character, a whip-smart teen confronting an unplanned pregnancy by her classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera). Co-starring Jennifer Garner and Jason Batemen, JUNO was directed by Jason Reitman ("Thank You For Smoking").
The Straight Story
David Lynch's "The Straight Story" was distributed by Disney with a G rating at the time of its 1999 release. Lynch fans should not be fooled however. This story of a determined old man (Richard Farnsworth) who rides across the state of Iowa to see his estranged brother who recently suffered a stroke. The master’s fingerprints all over the film.
Wristcutters: A Love Story
In Goran Dukic's indie film "Wristcutters: A Love Story," suicides wake up to find that they are not dead, but instead in a worse place. Smiles not allowed. Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Wigham, Will Arnett, and Tom Waits star in this dark comedy about love and death.
Margot at the Wedding
Academy award nominated Noah Baumbach (Squid and the Whale) delves deeps into to more family upset with Margot at The Wedding. Nicole Kidman stars are Margot who shows up just in time to destroy the happy life of little sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her fiance Malcolm (Jack Black).
I'm Not There
With I'm Not There, his hotly anticipated follow-up to Far From Heaven, Todd Haynes attempts to find the key to Bob Dylan's life and art by unfolding the larger-than-life personality over seven distinct characters. Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Marcus Carl Franklin, Ben Whinshaw, and Cate Blanchett play the legendary musician at different stages of his career -- or rather, his imagined career, with events and characters drawn as much from the songs as from Dylan's actual biography.
Skateboarding is a crime after all in Gus van Sant's adaptation of Paranoid Park, Blake Nelson's coming-of-age novel about a teenager who is involved in an accidental death.
Review: Go Go Tales
With "Go Go Tales", Abel Ferrara has made his first “intentional comedy,” telling stories of a bygone New York. Willem Dafoe stars as Ray Ruby, the hapless manager of the cash strapped strip club Paradise. Asia Argento, Matthew Modine and Sylvia Miles co-star in this joyful mess.
he shocking reconstruction of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Iraqi girl by American soldiers in Samarra in 2006, told entirely through "found" footage, the film felt like a well-aimed punch to the gut -- or perhaps a stab in the heart. Whether blunt or sharp, the film's impact is impossible to dismiss. Redacted sent me reeling.
Review: The Darjeeling Limited
Wes Anderson's I The Darjeeling Limited /I is a wonderful film -- both funny and affecting. Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman star as a trio of semi-deranged brothers who take a desperately needed spiritual journey across India on the Darjeeling Limited. The cast also includes Angelica Huston, Bill Murray, Natalie Portman, and...
The Great World of Sound
Craig Zobel's independent film "The Great World of Sound" takes aim at the dark side of "American Idol," capturing the trend of people looking for a fast shortcut to fame, as well as those behind the scenes who make impossible promises. Pat Healy and Kene Holliday star as the dream makers and hucksters who take to the road in search of fresh talent.
Ira and Abby
Robert Cary takes psychotherapy-land to the extreme in this charming, intelligent romantic comedy set in New York. Jennifer Westfeld ("Stealing Jessica Stein") and Chris Messina star. The wonderful supporting cast includes Frances Conroy, Fred Willard, Maddie Corman and a Seinfeld's own Jason Alexander.
Romance and Cigarettes
Leave it to John Turturro, star of the Coen Brother's "Barton Fink" to create the fictional character's story. "Romance and Cigarettes" is an inventive, "working class opera" featuring a star-studded cast which includes James Gandolfini. Susan Sarandon, Mandy Moore, Mary Louise Park, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Izzard, Mary Louise Parker, and Kate Winslet like you have never seen her before.
The Hottest State
Ethan Hawke directs "The Hottest State," an adaption of his own first novel. Mark Webber and Catalina Sandina Moreno star as young lovers. With Laura Linney, Michelle Williams, and Ethan Hawke, himself, in supporting roles.)
Wide-eyed Michael Pitt and a cynical as ever Steve Buscemi star in Tom DiCillo's charming look at battle of celebrity verses the papparazzi. Baby faced Alison Lohman co-stars as an angel in a push-up bra.
Inland Empire - DVD 2 Disc Set
A review of the DVD release of David Lynch's "Inland Empire." Jurgen Fauth writes, "INLAND EMPIRE is a shape-shifter of a movie that reconstitutes itself differently every time, and my own TV screen turned out to be a fascinating place to see it."
Jeffrey Blitz's Rocket Science, the follow-up to the enormously popular documentary Spellbound, takes the improbable storyline of a stuttering teenager who joins his high school debate team and sucks you in. Reece Thompson, Anna Kendrick, and Nicholas D'Agosto co-star in this tender coming of age drama.
Hannah Takes The Stairs
Joe Swanberg's "Hannah Takes The Stairs" is a collaboration between the independent filmmaker and his tight-knit cast. Greta Gerwig stars in the title role as Hannah, a young college graduate suffering from "chronic disatisfaction" who plays emotional havoc with the men that she meets.
The Bourne Ultimatum
Paul Greengrass’s "The Bourne Ultimatum" is the leanest and most exciting of the series yet, a chase movie of breathtaking purity.
Anne Hathaway stars as Jane Austen in Julian Jarrold's costume drama. The American actress looks lovely in an empire ball gown, and she skillfully puts on the English accent as yet another typical Jane Austen heroine--only this time, she's the real Jane Austen.
Talk To Me
Kasi Lemmons' third feature film after Eve's Bayou and The Caveman's Daughter is an enormous success. "Talk To Me" takes the stale biopic formula and keeps the film steadily moving, from the raucous beginning to the bittersweet end. Cheadle practically bounces off the screen with a high energy, hilarious, and heartrending performance where every...
A thriller about the horrors of parenthood, "Joshua" takes its cues from the tradition of "The Omen," "Rosemary’s Baby," and "Poltergeist." Vera Farmiga and Sam Rockwell star as the overwhelmed parents when their oldest son, the titular Joshua, doesn't like the new baby. Filmmaker George Ratliff knows his genre, effectively building the dread.
Broken English - Parker Posey stars in Zoe Cassavettes' debut film
Parker Posey outdoes herself as Nora Wilder, a single New Yorker looking for love in Zoe Cassavettes' debut film "Broken English."
A Mighty Heart
Angelina Jolie plays Mariane Pearl in Michael Winterbottom’s docudrama about the kidnapping and murder of her husband, the journalist Daniel Pearl.
The Wendell Baker Story
The Wendell Baker Story, written by Luke Wilson and co-directed by Luke and his brother Andrew Wilson, grafts a number of borderline absurd conceits onto a ramshackle story about a small-time con-man trying to make his way in the world. Owen Wilson, Eva Mendes, Kris Kristofferson, Harry Dean Stanton, and Seymour Cassel co-star.
Margie Chizek (Tanna Frederick) is not a character you want to spend time with. Unpleasant on the eyes and ears, this Midwestern ingenue schemes to make in Hollywood and grates on your nerves. Henry Jaglom's little indie comedy "Hollywood Dreams" tries and fails. Justin Kirk co-stars.
Keri Russell stars as Jenna, a pie baking, unhappily pregnant young waitress in Adrienne Shelly's final film. "Waitress" completed only days before Shelly's tragic murder, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The cast also includes Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith, Cheryl Hines, and Shelly, herself as another waitress in the...
In The Land Of Women
Sarah Bardin reviews Jonathan Kasdan's debut film "In The Land Of Women." Adam Brody, of television’s "The O.C." stars as Carter Webb, an aspiring writer who flees Los Angeles to take care of his grandmother. Meg Ryan, Kristen Stewart, and Olympia Dukakis play the central women in his life.
Year of the Dog
Mike White, the writer of "Chuck and Buck", "The Good Girl" and "School of Rock", has written and now directed his first movie about a contemporary archetype: the middle-aged woman in love with her dog. SNL veteran Molly Shannon goes soul searching after the death of her beloved beagle. Peter Saarsgard, John C. Reilly, Regina Davis, and a...
The TV Set
Jake Kasdan's comedic satire "The TV Set" wants to give an insider's view of what happens behind the scenes of a television pilot. Problem is, he is telling us nothing new. David Duchovny plays a sad sack writer who wills the "Wexler Chronicles" into existence. The ensemble cast also includes Lindsay Sloane, Sigourney Weaver, Ioan Gruffudd, Judy Greer, and Justine Bateman.
Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham’s adaptation of Minot’s beloved novel Evening features an extraordinary ensemble cast including Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Wilson, Hugh Dancy, Natasha Richardson, Mamie Gummer, Eileen Atkins, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close. Opens on June 15, 2007.
Death At A Funeral
A dignified send-off for a loved one erupts into uproarious chaos when romance, jealousy, in-laws, hallucinogens, dark secrets, life-long yearnings and a spot of bold blackmail all collide grave-side in the irreverent Frank Oz's comedy DEATH AT A FUNERAL. Matthew Macfadye, Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk , Ewen Bremner, and Rupert Graves (V for Vendetta). The film opens June 29, 2007.
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DAY NIGHT DAY NIGHT is the bold first fiction feature from New York filmmaker Julia Loktev. The film tells the story of a 19-year-old girl (Luisa Williams) who prepares to become a suicide bomber in Times Square.
PARIS, JE T'AIME
PARIS, JE T'AIME, a love letter to one of the world's most transcendent cities in which celebrated directors—including the Coen brothers, Gus Van Sant, Gurinder Chadha, Wes Craven, Isabel Coixet, Walter Salles, Alexander Payne and Olivier Assayas.
Parker Posey stars in Hal Hartley's new film Fay Grim, about a worried mother in Queens. Jeff Goldblum, Saffron Burrows, Liam Aiken, and Elina Lowensohn co-star. Opens May 18th 2007.
The Lookout - a Scott Frank Film - The Lookout
THE LOOKOUT marks Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Scott Frank’s (Out of Sight), directorial debut. Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mysterious Skin) stars as a once promising high school athlete, who after a tragic accident, inadvertently gets involved in a heist. The film also stars Jeff Daniels, Isla Fisher, Matthew Goode and Carla Gugino. Opens March 30, 2007.
Marjane Satrapi's critically acclaimed memoir, "Persepolis," comes to life in the animated feature directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Opens TBA 2007.
David Cronenberg reteams him with his "A History of Violence" leading man Viggo Mortensen in the thriller "Eastern Promises." Opens Fall 2007.
The Hawk Is Dying
Paul Giamatti stars in Julian Goldberger's THE HAWK IS DYING, the story of a Florida auto upholsterer who attempts to liven up his humdrum life by taming a wild hawk. Michelle Williams, Michael Pitt and Rusty Schwimmer costar. Opens March 30, 2007 in limited release
Beyond The Gates
Based on real events and filmed at the actual location where this story took place, Michael Caton-Jones's BEYOND THE GATES is an emotionally gripping, authentic and powerful recreation of a tragic real life story that took place during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Opens March 9, 2007.
In Andrew Currie's new comedy FIDO, rotting zombies deliver the mail in Willard, a small town lost in the idyllic world of the 50's. Starring Carrie Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Tim Blake Nelson, Henry Czerny, Dylan Baker and K’Sun Ray. Opens March 9, 2007.
“Trade” is the debut American feature of one of Germany’s leading young directors, Marco Kreuzpaintner, produced by Roland Emmerich and Rosilyn Heller from a screenplay by Oscar nominee Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries). The film opens April 13, 2007.
Away From Her
Written and directed by Sarah Polley, AWAY FROM HER is the lyrical screenplay adaptation of celebrated author Alice Munro's short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain." The film will open May 4, 2007.
Miss Potter - Starring Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor & Emily Watson
Renee Zellweger stars as Beatrix Potter in Chris Noonan's bio pic about the world's most successfull children's book author. MGM will release MISS POTTER on December 29, 2006 (limited) and the film will open nationally on January 12, 2007.
Everything's Gone Green
EVERYTHING’S GONE GREEN, the first screenplay written by Douglas Coupland, author of the million plus bestseller Generation X, which debuted at the 2006 Toronto Int’l Film Festival, is set to open in New York City late March and in Los Angeles early April, as a First Independent Pictures release.
Puccini for Beginners
A sexy screwball sex comedy, Puccini for Beginners is a story about chance encounters, psychoanalytic excuses and one woman's struggle to make a commitment. Pucinni for Beginners stars Elizabeth Reaser, Justin Kirk, Gretchen Mol, Jennifer Dundas, Julianne Nicholson, Tina Benko, Brian Letscher, Will Bozarth and Kate Simses and was written and directed by Maria Maggenti. A hit at Sundance, the film will open in February 2007.
The Secret Life of Words
Isabel Coixet’s intimate drama The Secret Life of Words premiered at Sundance and the Venice Film Festival. Sarah Polley, Academy Award winner Tim Robbins, and Julie Christie. The film opens December 15, 2006.
The Nativity Story
Catherine Hardwicke's "The Nativity Story" chronicles the arduous journey of two people, Mary and Joseph, a miraculous pregnancy, and the history-defining birth of Jesus. Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) as Mary. The film opens December 1, 2006.
The Good German
Steven Soderbergh's black and white World War ii thriller The Good German stars George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Tobey Maguire.
The Dead Girl - - A film by Karen Moncrieff - The Dead Girl
The Dead Girl, the new film from acclaimed director Karen Moncrieff (Blue Car), is a gripping psychological drama about seemingly unrelated people whose lives converge around the murder of a young woman (Brittany Murphy). Toni Collette, Brittany Murphy, Marcia Gay Harden, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Rose Byrne, Giovanni Ribisi, Kerry Washington, Mary Steenburgen and Mary Beth Hurt star. Opens December 29, 2006.
Venus - A review of Roger Michell's Venus
Roger Michell's “Venus” tells the story of Maurice and Ian, a pair of veteran actors (Peter O’Toole and Leslie Phillips respectively), whose comfortable daily routine is disrupted by the arrival of Ian’s grand-niece, Jessie (newcomer Jodie Whittaker). Opens December 15, 2006.
Catch A Fire - A film by Philip Noyce
Philip Noyce's (Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Quiet American) "Catch a Fire" is an effective and competent biopic about the violent resistance against South Africa's apartheid regime. Derek Luke stars Patrick Chamusso, family man turned freedom fighter. A deliciously villainous Tim Robbins portrays the officer who tries to bring him down.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer - A Tom Tykwer film
Based on the bestselling novel by Patrick Süskind, Tom Tykwer's “Perfume” is a story of murder and obsession set in 18th-Century France. Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman and Rachel Hurd Woodstar. Opens December 27, 2006.
Children of Men
Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men envisages a world one generation from now that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. Starring Clive Owen, Michael Caine and Julianne Moore. Opens December 25, 2006.
The Painted Veil
Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, “The Painted Veil” is a love story set in the 1920s that tells the story of a young English couple who get married for the wrong reasons. The film stars Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber and Toby Jones. Opens December 15. 2006.
Off The Black - a film by James Ponsoldt - Off The Black
Directed by James Ponsoldt and starring Nick Nolte, Trevor Morgan, Timothy Hutton and Sally Kirkland, OFF THE BLACK is a coming-of-age story of teenager Dave Tibbel (Morgan) who copes with his own distant father (Hutton) by forming an unlikely friendship with a disheveled, irascible high school umpire, Ray Cooke (Nolte). Opens December 1, 2006.
Fuck - A Film by Steve Anderson
A definitive look at the infamous expletive, Steve Anderson's film FUCK explores how this oft-used word, still widely seen as obscene, somehow permeates every aspect of our culture. Featuring Interviews with (in alphabetical order): Pat Boone, Drew Carey, Sam Donaldson, Janeane Garofolo, Ice-T, Ron Jeremy, Bill Maher, Alanis Morrisette, Kevin Smith and the late Hunter S. Thompson, among others. Opens November 10, 2006.
For Your Consideration
Christopher Guest turns the camera on Hollywood for his next film, "For Your Consideration." The all-star ensemble cast includes ob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey, and Catherine O'Hara. Opens November 17, 2006.
Come Early Morning
Ashley Judd stars in Come Early Morning, an official selection at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, which marks the writing and directing debut of Golden Globe-nominated actress Joey Lauren Adams. The film opens November 10, 2006.
10 Items Or Less
10 Items or Less is a comedy that pairs two perfect strangers whose chance meeting over the course of one day creates an unexpected bond, and reminds them both that life still has the opportunity to surprise. Written and directed by Brad Silberling, 10 ITEMS OR LESS features Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega in the starring roles. Opens December 1, 2006.
Jeff Lipsky's Flannel Pajamas, which premiered in the Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, stars Julianne Nicholson and Justin Kirk as two30-something New Yorkers who meet on a blind date.
Babel - A film by Alejandro González Iñárritu
From Alejandro González Iñárritu, Babel is an ambitious new film, shot in four countries, starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal, Koji Yakusho, Elle Fanning.
It's obvious, but it needs to be said: Maggie, baby. If ever there was a reason to see Laurie Collyer's earnest indie film "Sherrybaby", it's Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance. Gyllenhaal stars in the title role of Sherry Swanson, a recovered heroin addict, who after three years in prison, returns home to restart her life and reclaim the young...
Trust The Man
More than just a date movie, Bart Freundlich's New York comedy is instructive. Watch Maggie Gyllenhaal and Billy Crudup happily cavort in bed and know that such happiness is possible. Julianne Moore is luminscent and David Duchony recognizes his normal side. Read Sarah Bardin's review.
Ryan Fleck's "Half Nelson" turns a genre upside down: the free-thinking junior high school teacher (Ryan Gosling) is also a crack addict. Gosling turns in a marvelous performance, as does newcomer Shareeka Epps as a vulnerable teen.
The Night Listener
Robin Williams seems like an unlikely casting choice for the role of a grieving gay talk show host, but he pulls it off (almost) in Patrick Stetnners lean thriller The Night Listener. Toni Collette, Rory Culkin, Bobby Carnivale and Sandra Oh costar in the adaptation of Amistead Maupin's best-selling novel.
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine was the talk of this year's Sundance film festival: receiving the festivals biggest distrubtion deal ever and getting a standing ovation after the premiere. The good news: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris debut film (a comedy/roadtrip/family drama) is worthy of the buzz. Toni Collette, Steve Carrell, Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Paul Dano and newcomer Abigail Breslin star.
Another Gay Movie
Crude, lewd, and pretty freakin' funny: Another Gay Movie is an unrated and unrelentingly queer take on Porky's and all the other teenage sex comedies you've ever snuck into. Director Todd Stephens (Edge of Seventeen) made a Scary Movie spoof that nobody would ever call "not gay enough."
Brothers of the Head
The author of a novel about conjoined twin pop stars reviews a film about conjoined twin rock stars and must admit to being doubly impressed. Guest writer Tara McCarthy calls "Brothers of the Head" the "best conjoined-twin movie ever made."
Beowulf and Grendel
While it's always good to be smart, literate and interested in classic texts, these qualities are not required to enjoy Sturla Gunnarsson's entertaining monster movie Beowulf & Grendel. Gerald Butler, Stellan Skarsgard, and a flame haired Sarah Polley star.
Strangers With Candy
If you are looking for a comedy that will not make you laugh, Amy Sedaris and her Comedy Central Paul Dinello, and Stephen Colbert deliver. Strangers With Candy is spectacularly unfunny and unpleasant to sit through. The film, however, does boast an all star cast which includes appearances by Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alison Janey, Kristen Johnson, Ian Holm, and Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Review Mash-Up: Superman Returns vs. The Road to Guantanamo
Bryan Singer’s comic book spectacular features a latex-clad hero with fluttering cape, Michael Winterbottoms docudrama is about men in chains and orange jumpsuits. Both films are about superpowers, but which movie has more to say about truth, justice, and the American way? Which film tells the more gripping story? Read Jürgen’s review mash-up.
The Great New Wonderful
Danny Leiner's thoughtful ensemble drama follows the stories of five disparate sets of New Yorkers a year after the attacks of 9/11. In a large and disjoined cast of characters, Maggie Gyllenhaal stands out ice cold and compelling as an ambitious cake maker. Edie Falco, Tony Shalhoub, Judy Greer, Stephen Colbert and Naseeruddin Shah co-star.
Gael Garcia Bernal in [i]The King[/i]
Gael Garcia Bernal's upcoming projects (Babel, Dreams of Sleep)are so hot it would be easy to overlook the tense little independent film that opened last week to critical acclaim. The King, directed by documentary filmmaker James Marsh and based on a script co-written by Marsh and Oscar-nominee Milo Addica (Monster's Ball), deserves a large audience. In his first role in English, Bernal's lead performance as Elvis, a young Marine in search of the father he has never met, is utterly disarming.
12 and Holding
Michael Cuesta, who explored a painful sexual awakening in L.I.E., seems to have deep insight into youth. "Twelve and Holding" follows the stories of three twelve-year olds forced to recognize their own mortality. The ensemble cast features newcomers Conor Donovan, Jesse Camacho, Zoe Weisenbaum (clearly destined for stardom), Annabella Sciorra, and Jeremy Renner.
The Notorious Bettie Page
Gretchen Mol gives an incandescent performance as Bettie Page in Mary Harron's The Notorious Bettie Page. If you could give an Oscar for radiating joy while clad in knee high, spiky leather boots and a corset, Moll deserves it.
Friends With Money - Review
Snarky, petty, self-indulgent, unappealing: those are some of the words I would use to describe the folks in Nicole Holofcener's new drama "Friends With Money." The wonderful female cast--Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, and Joan Cusack--is wasted, forced to spew non-stop acidic dialogue in fancy cars, fancy houses, and fancy restaurants.
Casey Affleck, younger brother to Ben, shuffles. He's handsome in a low- key kind of way, portraying a quintessential dime-a-dozen slacker in Steve Buscemi's third feature Lonesome Jim. The wonderful cast includes a glowing Liv Tyler, Kevin Corrigan, veteran actors Mary Kay Place and Steve Cassel, and the scene-stealing child actor Ben Rovello.
Stoned - Review
The death of Brian Jones "by misadventure" in the summer of 1969, drowned in his swimming pool, was one of the first major rock n' roll casualties. In this dismal directorial debut, Steven Woolley has taken it upon himself to answer the question: who killed Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones.
Don't Come Knocking - Review
Wim Wender's "Don't Come Knocking" sneaks up on you slowly. Wenders reteaming with Sam Shepard, returning to the American desert twenty years after Paris, Texas has a made a quiet, wonderful movie. The marevelous cast includes Shepard in the leading role, Jessica Lange, Eva Marie Saint, Sarah Polley, Tim Roth and Fairuza Balk.
The Tenants - Review
Snoop Dogg and Dylan McDermott star as competing writers in Danny Green's earnest and cliched adaptation of a Bernard Malumud novel. The men fight about fiction and racial stereotypes until a pretty white girl comes between them.
Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World - Review
Albert Brooks was on to something big. "Looking For Comedy in a Muslim World" is an ambitious concept. Sadly, it's far from an ambitious film. Rather than looking for genuine understanding, Brooks makes a movie about his own wounded ego.
A Love Song For Bobby Long - Review
John Travolta gives his all in the title role Of Shainee Gabel's debut's feature - and the results are embarrassing. Co-star Scarlett Johnasson fares better in her role as young Pursaline Will. New Orleans, at least, is easy on the eye.
The Aristocrats - Review
Dozens of America's finest comics tell their version of the dirtiest joke ever in this new documentary. No doubt: "The Aristocrats" is full of hair-raising obscenity. But is it funny?
The Ballad of Jack and Rose - Review
Daniel Day Lewis plays Jack, a dying man with big ideals and an idealistic teenage daughter in Rebecca Miller's third film "The Ballad of Jack And Rose." Catherine Keener and rising star Camilla Belle co-star.
The Baxter - Review
Comedian Michael Showalter of "The State" and "Stella" turns in a perfectly average romantic comedy about the kind of guy who gets left at the altar in all the other movies. With Michelle Williams, Justin Theroux, and Elizabeth Banks.
Bride and Prejudice - Review
Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) sets out to do the impossible: bring Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice” to the screen and make it fresh. The Queen of Bollywood, luminous Aishwarya Rai, stars in her first U.S. role.
Brokeback Mountain - Review
Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" is an epic love story about gay cowboys and that, in itself, is something. Otherwise, the film, adapted from an Annie Proulx short story, is not one to get particularly excited over. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal star Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, sheep herders who who fall in love on the top of a mountain. Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, and Randy Quaid co-star.
Broken Flowers Review
It was an inspired move: Jim Jarmusch, indie cinema's greatestt filmmakers, teaming up Bill Murray, America's most eccentric, ednearing leading man. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, "Broken Flowers" takes aging batchelor Don Johnston on a road trip where he meets old flames Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange.
The Brothers Grimm - Terry Gilliam - Review
Terry Gilliam's romp through the world of fairy tales should have been a blast--but instead the director of "Brazil" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" gets lost in the woods. With Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, and Monica Bellucci.
Bubble - Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh likes to mix things up: after the weightless Hollywood confection "Ocean's Twelve" he is back with a small experimental film in which simple people tell a simple story with simple words: "Bubble" is is astonishingly economic and effective melodrama, down to the devastating last line.
Capote - Philip Seymour Hoffman - Review
Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a masterful performance in Bennett Miller's seductive biopic about Truman Capote and the story behind "In Cold Blood."
The Chumbscrubber - Review
The hip teen satire has gotten awfully familiar. Despite a likeable cast and a strong beginning, Arie Posen's "The Chumbscrubber" has little to say. Jamie Bell, Camilla Bella, Glenn Close, Rita Wilson, Alison Janney, Carrie Ann-Moss, and a dazed, dolphin obsessed Ralph Fiennes star.
The Constant Gardener - Review
A gripping thriller, an unbelievably romantic love story, and a biting political take-down of pharmaceutical corporations, Fernando Meirelles' "The Constant Gardener" should not be missed. Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz shine in their starring roles.
Dancing at the Blue Iguana
Daryl Hannah, Sandra Oh, Charlotte Ayanna, and Jennifer Tilly shake their booties in Michael Radford's unsentimental look at strip club performers.
Down to the Bone - Review
Debra Granik's independent drama "Down to the Bone" builds with a strong, quiet intensity. What may seem like a passive experience -- watching the story of a weary, drug addicted mother in a small upstate New York town trying to rebuild her crumbling life -- becomes a shared act. It's impossible not to care for Irene (Vera Farmiga) during her painful path to recovery, to rejoice in her small moments of pleasure and to supress the need to scream when she falls.
Self-discovery times three equals NC-17: Bernardo Bertolucci's sumptuous tale of an American who finds himself infatuated with a couple of French twins during the spring of 1968 is ripe with movie references, twisted mindgames, and the anticipation of sex.
Winner of the Cannes Film Festival's highest prize, this Gus Van Sant-directed drama tells the tale of what starts as a typical day at an American high school and becomes the stage for teen violence.
Eros - Review
Three great directors--Wong Kar-Wai, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni--make three short movies about desire and erotic in the anthology film "Eros."
Garden State Review
Sitcom star (Scrubs) Zach Braff wrote, directed and starred in "Garden State." His first feature film is inventive, warm, and often hilariously funny. Natalie Portman, Peter Saarsguard, and Ian Holm co-star.
George Lucas' THX 1138 - Review
Six years before "Star Wars," George Lucas turned a student short into his first feature, "THX 1138," in which a bald Robert Duvall tries to escape from an oppressive futuristic society. A digitally restored "director's cut" version is now playing in theaters.
David Gordon Green's acclaimed debut is the latest film to get the royal Criterion treatment.
Girl With A Pearl Earring
The movie based on the book based on the 17th century painting: Scarlett Johansson sits for Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth) in this Miramaxy tale of clogs, canals, and jealousy.
Good Night, and Good Luck - George Clooney - Review
George Clooney's sophomore film, which tells a story of journalistic integrity, opened the 43rd New York Film Festival on Friday. With David Strathairn as CBS anchorman Edward Murrow and the real Joe McCarthy. Jurgen reviews.
Happy Endings Review
Don Roo's ("The Opposite of Sex") ensemble drama opened this year's Sundance Film Festival. "Happy Endings" has a slick veneer and a complex cast of charcters, but what the film really needs is more Maggie Gyllenhaal. Lisa Kudrow, Steve Coogan, Laura Dern, Jesse Bradford, Tom Arnold, Jason Ritter and Sarah Clarke also star.
Heights - Review
Chris Terrio's directorial debut is an all-engrossing, moving film that follows five characters through twenty0four hours in fall day in Manhattan. Elizabeth Banks, Glenn Close, and James Marsden lead an all-star ensemble cast.
It's All Gone Pete Tong - Review
Superstar DJ Frankie Wilde enjoys the clubs, sex, and sun of Ibiza--until an overdose of disco leaves him deaf. Michael Dowse mixes fiction with real interviews and a pounding soundtrack in his entertaining third feature.
The Jacket - Review
John Maybury's dramatic thriller about an amnesiac soldier who travels through time to prevent his own murder. Oscar winner Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley give compelling performances in this bone chilling, mind bending romance.
Jarhead - Review
Anthony Swofford's autobiographical tale of a Marine sharp shooter during the first Gulf War, directed by Sam Mendes, offers some amusing anecdotes and a lot of narrative slack. Instead of "Semper Fi," the motto is "Hurry Up and Wait."
Bill Condon's new film about the pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey opens in U.S. theaters roughly three weeks after the re-election of George W. Bush. The timing seems almost tragic. Spikey haired, impassioned Liam Neeson stars in the title role. The all star cast also features Laura Linney, Peter Sarsgaard, Oliver Platt, Tim Curry,...
Last Days - Gus Van Sant - Review
Michael Pitt stars as suicidal rock star in Gus Van Sant's experimental meditation on Kurt Cobain.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - Review
Wes Anderson ("Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums") is back with the wacky marine adventure "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou." Onboard are Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Houston, Cate Blanchett, and Jeff Goldblum.
Maria Full Of Grace Review
Catalina Sandino Moreno's moving performance as Maria, a seventeen year old Columbian girl who become a drug mule in Johsua Marson's "Maria Full of Grace" will stay with you.
Match Point - Woody Allen - Review
Woody Allen hasn't made a decent movie this millennium yet. But every time he releases a new film, the ritual is the same: the advance buzz tells us this one's his return to form! Don't believe a word. "Match Point," filmed in London and starring Scarlett Johannsson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Emily Mortimer, is shot for short the worst movie we've seen all year.
Melinda and Melinda - Woody Allen - Review
The same scenario plays out as comedy and as tragedy in Woody Allen's latest film. With Rahda Mitchell, Will Farrell, Cloe Sevigny, and Wally Shawn.
Napoleon Dynamite - Review
Gosh! It's "Napoleon Dynamite," a trashy Midwestern remake of "Rushmore" with lots of wry laughs, bad food, and a pet llama called Tina. Written and directed by the young husband-wife team Jared and Jerusha Hess.
Off The Map - Review
Campell Scott directs this pitch-perfect drama about a free-thinking family who in the New Mexico desert. Joan Allen, Sam Elliot, Jim True-Frost and newcomer Valentina de Angelis star.
Open Water - Review
The biggest indie horror sensation since "Blair Witch Project," Chris and Laura Kentis' "Open Water" promises sharks and scares--but can the cheap, handhelf film live up to the hype? Jurgen reviews.
p.s. - Dylan Kidd - Laura Linney - Topher Grace - Review
Laurey Linney is a joy to watch in Dylan Kidd's surprisingly gentle follow-up to "Rodger Dodger." She stars as a divorcee who thinks she found her long-lost first love reincarnated in young Topher Grace. With Marcia Gay Harden, Gabriel Byrne and Paul Rudd..
Pretty Persuasion - Review
The enormous talent of young actress Evan Rachel Wood (Thirteen) is wasted in Marcos Siega's satire "Pretty Persuasion."
Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic - Review
No taboo is sacred when Sarah Silverman jokes about rape, incest, religion, and race, race, race. Her new film "Jesus is Magic" documents her outrageous, merciless standup act. But for how long can you watch one person tell jokes?
Saving Face - Review
Alice Wu's makes her directorial debut with the Chinese-American, lesbian romantic comedy "Saving Face." The funny and touching--if sometimes formalaic--film stars newcomers Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen and the still luminous Joan Chen.
Sideways - Review
Alexander Payne (Election, About Schmidt) heads west in his fourth feature, leaving middle America for the bright, sun-dappled California coastline. Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Sandra Oh, and Virginia Madsen star in this hilarious ode to love, loss, and fine wine.
Silver City Review
John Sayles takes steady aim at corporate influence just behind the façade of government and the media in the wonderful but deeply cynical "Silver City." The terrific ensemble cast includes Chris Cooper, Daryl Hannah, Danny Huston, Maria Bello, Richard Drefyus, Tim Roth, Mary Kay Place and Thora Birch.
Sin City - Frank Miller - Robert Rodriguez - Review
Robert Rodriguez stylish adaptation of Frank Miller's hardboiled comic book series is a cynical, violent film about murder and decapitation that happens to be beautiful to look at. Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Elija Wood, Brittany Murphy and Jessica Alba are part of the star-studded cast, and Quentin Tarantino guest-directed a short sequence.
The Squid and the Whale - review
Noah Baumbach's uncomfortably autobiographical film about his parent's divorce in 1980s Brooklyn will make you laugh and squirm in your seat. Jeff Daniels deserves an Oscar nomination as caustic Bernard Berkman.
Stage Beauty - Review
American stars Billy Crudup and Claire Danes star in the latest British costume drama, Richard Eyre's "Stage Beauty." Pretty to look at and well-acted, the film is an utter failure: the plot is entirely implausible, the end anachronistic and positively offensive.
Star Wars: Episode III Return of the Sith - Review
It's Jedi Götterdämmerung in that galaxy far, far away.... After 28 years, the world's most successful independent filmmaker completes his epic space opera with the most grandiose, tragic, and serious film yet. "Revenge of the Sith" completes "Star Wars" with eye-popping adventure; it also sends a very clear message to George Bush's America. Jürgen reviews.
We Don't Live Here Anymore - Review
Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, and Peter Krause take turns suffering from fits of jealous rage and sexual ecstasy in John Curran's "We Don't Live Here Anymore." Based on the short stories of Andre Dubus.
When Will I Be Loved - Review
Jame's Toback's new indie film borders on verge of a soft-porn joke, but Neve Campbell is always fun to watch as Vara, a cultured, contempible, New York rich girl. Peter Weller and Dominic Chianese co-star.
The Woodsman - Review
Kevin Bacon stars as Walter, a reformed pedophile returned to society after twelve year's incarceration in Nicole Kassel's acclaimed debut drama "The Woodsman."
Winter's Bone - Winner of the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Debra Granik's slow moving dram Winter's Bone is a visceral and unsettling film.
The Extra Man
The Extra Man - Marcy reviews The Extra Man - The ingredients in "The Extra Man," an adaptation of Jonathan Ames novel -- sound delicious, but the final product fails do delight. Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, and Katie Holmes star.
Peter Richter reviews HOWL, the story of how poet Allen Ginsberg's seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public...
Never Let Me Go
A review of Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go starring Knightley, Andrew Garfield, and Carey Mulligan. At adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed,...
JOLENE review. Jessica Chastain stars in JOLENE, a film by Dan Ireland adapted from a story by E.L. Doctorow. Dermot Mulroney, Michael Vartan, and Denise Richards also star.
Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives
A Review of Apichatpon Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Berlinale 2011: The Devil's Double
The Devil's Double - Review of The Devil's Double from the 2011 Berlinale
It is easy to get swept away in Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s 'Jane Eyre' Mia Waskiowska and Michael Fassbender give wonderful performances in the pitch perfect adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel. Marcy Dermansky reviews.
Review: Everything Must Go
Everything Must Go review - Will Ferrell stars in Every Thing Must Go, Dan Rush's earnest adapation of a Raymond Carver Short story. Christopher Jordan Wallace, Rebecca Hall, Michael Pena, and Laura Dern co-star.
Julian Schnabel takes on the question of a Palestinian State with his film MIRAL starring the lovely Freida Pinto in the title role. It is a surprising, less successful follow up his previous film, the luminous THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY.
The Devil's Double
THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE tells the story of the man who was hand-picked by Uday Hussein to become his body double. English actor Dominic Cooper stars in the role of both Uday Hussein and his double Latif Yahia. French actress Ludivine Sagnier is wasted in a supporting role. Beck Ireland reviews.
50/50 review - Cancer is a difficult subject for a comedy, but director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) imbues about cancer with moments of playfulness and heartfelt sentiment, and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives a profound performance. Read Beck Ireland's review.
Emilio Estevez offers a quiet and earnest look at fathers and sons in THE WAY. Martin Sheen gives an inspired performance as a father grieving for his son. The script, however, is clogged with exposition and too many traveling companions. Beck Ireland reviews.
The Ides of March
George Clooney's political thriller simmers to a boil, allowing its stars to stew in their performances before revealing its final secrets. Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei star. Beck Ireland reviews.
Review Janie Jones. Abigail Breslin stars in David Rosenthal's independent drama in the title role, a sad but resilient thirteen-year old girl, abandoned my her mother, and on the tour bus with her rock star father, who turns to the guitar when she is feeling low. While the film is forgettable, young Breslin is not. Marcy Dermansky reviews.
The Rum Diary
Johnny Depp reprises his role as Hunter S. Thompson's alter-ego in 'The Rum Diary,' a more buttoned-up prequel to 1998's 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.' Beck Ireland reviews.
Review: Take Shelter
In 'Take Shelter,' writer/director Jeff Nichols tells the story Curtis LaForche lives in a small Ohio town with his wife Samantha and six-year-old daughter Hannah, who is deaf. Michael Shannon gives a riveting performance in the lead role. Jessica Chastain also stars.