Midnight in Paris

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Written and directed by Woody Allen; Starring: Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Rachel McAdams and Léa Seydoux

May 20, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

With 2008's Vicky Cristina BarcelonaWoody Allen's second box office hit of the 2000she embraced the sensual atmosphere of the locale, the sexiness of the film's stars, and rediscovered a common ground for his comedy and his romantic spirit. That common ground remains just as fertile in his latest film, the comedic fantasy Midnight in Paris, Allen's most entertaining work in over a decade. More

The Tree of Life

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Directed by Terrence Malick; Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain

May 19, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

After a hiatus that stretched from the late '70s to the late '90s, Texas-bred director Terrence Malick has aimed big in his return to filmmaking. He cast his nature-adoring lens upon WWII with The Thin Red Line (1999), the founding of America's first settlement with The New World (2005), and now, with The Tree of Life, Malick's fifth feature film in a span of 38 years, he has super-sized to tackle life itselfnot just plain old human life; we're talking the birth of the universe as well. More

Hesher

Studio: Wreckin Hill Entertainment

May 13, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

Thirteen-year-old TJ, played marvelously by Devin Brochu, leads a childhood-crushing existence More

Everything Must Go

Studio: Roadside Attractions
Written and Directed by Dan Rush

May 13, 2011 Cinema

Everything Must Go is the story of a man forced to let the neighbors see the shame and detritus of his life not through the living room window, but out in the open. More

Rubber

Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Written and directed by Quentin Dupieux

Apr 01, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

An opening shot of wooden chairs strewn upright along a desert road. A man standing, holding bunches of pairs of binoculars, obviously waiting for someone. A car appears, knocks down each of the chairs, stops, and an officer of the law emerges —from the trunk. What could all of this mean? Rubber amusingly addresses, early on, the lack of a reason for the inclusion or omission of certain elements of movies, and then launches into its own series of events for your consideration. More

Sucker Punch

Studio: Warner Bros.
Directed by Zack Snyder; Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung

Mar 24, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

Zack Snyder's action-fantasy Sucker Punch, which has looked somewhat promising in promos for its otherworldly visuals and strong females figures, is one of those instantly disappointing films where the first five minutes foreshadow how bad the rest is going to be. More

Cold Weather

Studio: Sundance Selects
Written and directed by: Aaron Katz; Starring: Cris Lankenau, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Raúl Castillo and Robyn Rikoon

Feb 12, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

As disappointing as it is to miss the beginning of a film in a theater, there's something especially satisfying about discovering a movie while channel surfing on TV. Two of the funniest films I know, This Is Spinal Tap and Office Space, I was only vaguely aware of before landing upon them in progress on cable TV. The few minutes it took me to identify the films, without checking the TV guide, provided a tantalizing mix of disorientation and amusement. Something similar happened to me last summer when I attended the Los Angeles Film Festival and stumbled upon writer/director Aaron Katz's Cold Weather, my favorite film of the fest. More

Cedar Rapids

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Directed by: Miguel Arteta; Starring: Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Feb 11, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) is no 40-year-old virgin. He's 34 and sleeps with his former grade-school teacher, Macy (Sigourney Weaver). But like Steve Carell's Andy Stitzer, he's a sheltered, idealistic innocent with much to learn about society. Tim is devoted to Macy and committed to his job as an insurance agent in the fictional town of Brown Valley, Wisconsin. When Roger Lemke (Thomas Lennon), the star agent of Brown Star Insurance, dies of autoerotic asphyxiation, Tim is sent in his place to represent the company at an annual convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and compete against 50 other agencies to bring home the coveted Two Diamonds award of excellence. More

The Other Woman

Studio: IFC Films
Written for the screen and directed by: Don Roos; Starring: Natalie Portman

Feb 04, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

Until her Oscar-nominated performance in Black Swan, Natalie Portman has had a scattershot film career since signing on for the Star Wars prequels. A supporting role in Closer earned her a Golden Globe, and Garden State was a minor hit, but how many folks saw Free Zone, Goya's Ghosts, My Blueberry Nights or New York, I Love You? The Other Woman, which has been sitting around without distribution since 2009, ultimately might be lumped in with these films, but it's finally being released at a time when Portman's never been hotter career-wise. More