Chicken With Plums

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

Aug 28, 2012 Cinema Web Exclusive

Chicken With Plums, the second collaboration from co-writers/directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (Persepolis), finds surprising humor in the bleakest of premises. More

Sleepwalk With Me

Studio: IFC Films
Mike Birbiglia

Aug 24, 2012 Cinema Web Exclusive

Sleepwalk With Me's director, co-writer, and star, Mike Birbiglia, plays a thinly-obscured version of himself in this lighthearted comedy. More

Hit and Run

Studio: Hit and Run (Open Road)

Aug 24, 2012 Cinema Web Exclusive

With only his second feature-length screenplay, Dax Shepard has written the kind of film that seems impossible for teams of Hollywood pros these days: a persistently entertaining comedy that gets its laughs from escalating situational conflicts rather than potty humor and debauchery. More

Compliance

Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Craig Zobel

Aug 16, 2012 Cinema Web Exclusive

Perhaps the most polarizing film at this year's Sundance Festival, Craig Zobel's Compliance is largely inspired by real-life events, more specifically prank calls to fast food restaurants gone tragically awry. Zobel extrapolates from these events with a startling take on just how far human beings will go when they're presented with an edict from a seemingly authoritative figure. More

Cosmopolis

Studio: eONE Films
David Cronenberg

Aug 16, 2012 Cinema Web Exclusive

David Cronenberg, once pigeonholed as the progenitor of "venereal horror," has neatly eschewed that fatuous label in recent years. Be it his vitriolic take on man's wanton impulse for destruction in A History of Violence, the relatively straightforward mob flick rife with astonishing character development Eastern Promises, or his nefarious riff on Jung's nascent development of psychoanalysis A Dangerous Method, Cronenberg's challenged not just the audience but himself for the past decade. More

The Color Wheel

Studio: Cinema Conservancy/Factory 25

Jul 05, 2012 Cinema Issue #41 - Yeasayer

Voted the No.1 undistributed film in both The Village Voice and Indiewire's 2011 polls, Alex Ross Perry's sophomore feature The Color Wheel has at last been picked up for release by NYC's Cinema Conservancy. More

Take This Waltz

Studio: Magnolia

Jun 29, 2012 Cinema Issue #41 - Yeasayer

Take This Waltz is actress-turned-director Sarah Polley's impressive and affecting third feature, an unsentimentally realistic and often funny look at long-term relationships. Margot (Michelle Williams) and Lou (Seth Rogen) are young and comfortably married, two writers whose everyday lives have lapsed into a complacent routine. More

Jun 23, 2012 Cinema Issue #41 - Yeasayer

The world's going to end in 21 days, and what are you going to do? Neighbors Dodge (Steve Carell) and Penny (Keira Knightley) use the impending Armageddon as a reason to reconnect with loved ones, embarking on a road trip to track down Dodge's high school sweetheart and find Penny a flight across the pond to visit her British parents. More

Jun 19, 2012 Cinema Web Exclusive

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” The makers of Seeking a Friend For the End of the World clearly never heard the infamous Coco Chanel advice. Dialogue—like so many pieces of gaudy costume jewelry—drape across every inch of the film, characters piling painful soliloquies onto moments where mere glance has already told us everything we need to know. Remember what Chanel always said? “Simpler is better.” More