Footnote

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Joseph Cedar

Mar 20, 2012 Cinema Web Exclusive

Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son scholars; each a well-regarded researcher within the field of Talmudic studies with their own individual idea of what should qualify that distinguishment. This familial rivarly is at the center of director Joseph Cedar's absorbing and often darkly comic Footnote, Israel's Academy Award nominee for best foreign picture. More

Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie

Studio: Magnet
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim

Mar 02, 2012 Cinema Web Exclusive

When Erma Bombeck said that there was a thin line between laughter and pain, she probably never even imagined the lengths to which Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim would take their comedy. And now that we've quoted a writer who couldn't be at a further end of the comedy spectrum from those two, we can focus on the closest thing in Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie that resembles a plot. More

Last Days Here

Studio: Sundance Selects

Mar 01, 2012 Cinema Web Exclusive

Sean "Pellet" Pelletier giddily describes the sensation of being a huge music fan and hearing the band Pentagram for the first time. "It's like being a devout Christian and walking down the street one day and bumping into Jesus, and he knows your name and shakes your hand and asks you over for dinner and drinks." More

In the Land of Blood and Honey

Studio: GK Films
Directed by Angelina Jolie

Dec 24, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

It's not that the amateurish directing is at fault in Angelina Jolie's debut as a writer/director: it borders on competent. But her atrocious script and misguided approach to the subject matter render In the Land of Blood and Honey odious. More

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Studio: Columbia Pictures/MGM
Directed by David Fincher; Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård and Robin Wright

Dec 21, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

Based on the first book of the immensely popular Millennium trilogy by the late Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson, the English-language The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo comes on the heels of the Swedish film version, which was a global blockbuster before reaching the States in a limited but long-running theatrical release last year. More

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Studio: Focus Features

Dec 10, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

Even an ensemble cast of a very high pedigree can't overcome a plot that's been compacted into near-incomprehensibility. John Le Carré's bestselling Cold War thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was previously adapted as an acclaimed seven-part BBC miniseries. More

W.E.

Studio: The Weinstein Company

Dec 10, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

Andrea Riseborough, a chameleonic English actress who earned a BAFTA nomination for her lead performance in the 2008 BBC film, Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley, is bewitching as Wallis Simpson in Madonna's second directorial effort. More

Shame

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Directed by Steve McQueen; Starring: Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan

Dec 02, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

In English director Steve McQueen's second feature film, co-written by McQueen and Abi Morgan, Michael Fassbender plays Brandon, a well-to-do New Yorker whose looks, stylish wardrobe, and piercing stare can, we're led to believe, bring pretty women to near ecstasy on the subway. The catch is that Brandon is a sex addict who collects porn and can't maintain relationships with women. More

The Descendants

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Directed by Alexander Payne; Starring George Clooney

Nov 18, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

Director Alexander Payne made ripples in the indie landscape with his superb 1999 film Election, which struck a terrific balance of flippant irreverence and tender pathos. His returns have been nearly equally as impressive since, highlighted by 2004's sublime Sideways and 2002's underrated idiosyncratic oddball About Schmidt. His newest film The Descendants finds Payne veering towards a more conventional Hollywood style, which isn't a bad thing, as he proves here to be damn good at it. More