The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Studio: IFC First Take
Directed by: Ken Loach; Screenplay by: Paul Laverty; Starring: Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald and Mary Riordan

Mar 24, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

In the 40 years that Ken Loach has been directing feature films, the iconic English director has favored a working-class realism that has made some of his work seem more foreign to U.S. audiences than actual foreign-language imports. More

The Science of Sleep

Studio: Warner Independent Pictures and Gaumont
Written and Directed by: Michel Gondry; Starring: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Miou-Miou and Emma de Caunes

Sep 22, 2006 Cinema Web Exclusive

There’s a scene in Michel Gondry’s new film, The Science of Sleep, in which Stephane (played by Gael García Bernal) makes clouds of cotton suspend in mid-air by finding the right chords on a broken piano, much to the delight of his new friend Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg). It is a moment of fantasy, but it couldn’t be more real for the two characters sharing it. More

Mouth to Mouth

Studio: Artistic License Films
Written, Directed and Choreographed by: Alison Murray; Starring: Ellen Page, Eric Thai, Natasha Wightman, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos and Beatrice Brown

Jun 02, 2006 Cinema Web Exclusive

Young Canadian actress Ellen Page seems to be everywhere as of late. She shocked audiences as a red-hooded teen vigilante in the April release Hard Candy, and last week she surfaced as mutant Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand. In Mouth to Mouth, shot before both those films, Page plays Sherry, a teenage runaway who gets recruited by SPARK—Street People Armed with Radical Knowledge—a fictional communal organization that roves the streets of Europe in buses, seeking to resuscitate the lives of people living on the margins. More

Somersault

Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Written and directed by: Cate Shortland; Starring: Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran

Apr 08, 2006 Cinema Web Exclusive

Australian director Cate Shortland’s feature-length debut Somersault is a treasure, one of those rare, intimate films that quietly begins to envelop you with its opening images and then lingers indefinitely after the theater lights have come up. More

The Notorious Bettie Page

Studio: HBO Films; A Picturehouse Release
Directed by: Mary Harron; Written by: Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner; Starring: Gretchen Mol, Lili Taylor, Chris Bauer, Sarah Paulson and David Strathairn

Apr 07, 2006 Cinema Web Exclusive

Annie Leibovitz’s cover photograph of Gretchen Mol for the September 1998 issue of Vanity Fair caused a minor stir when it hit the stands that fall. Not only did the form-hugging Alberta Ferretti dress worn by Mol reveal more than the typical Playboy cover, but the 25-year-old actress’s most prominent movie role to that date was as Michael Madsen’s girlfriend in Donnie Brasco (1997). So it was little surprise that the Vanity Fair cover prompted even avid moviegoers to ask, “Who’s Gretchen Mol?” More

Coachella

Studio:
Directed by Drew Thomas

Mar 10, 2006 Cinema Web Exclusive

What happened to the concert film? For years, music-related films have been relegated to straight-to-DVD purgatory; denied the big-screen splendor that they rightfully deserve. Enter Coachella, the Woodstock for a new generation, helping to bring back the theatrical musical experience. More

Pulse

Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Written and directed by: Kiyoshi Kurosawa; Starring: Haruhiko Kato, Kumiko Aso, Koyuki and Kurume Arisaka

Nov 12, 2005 Cinema Web Exclusive

iyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse finds its roots in Japan’s ongoing problems with over-population and, using the Internet as a means, sets out to make simple but potent commentary on our perchance for seclusion and the quiet, desperate loneliness that can result. More

La Grand Role

Studio: First Run Features
Directed by: Steve Suissa; Written by: Daniel Cohen, Daniel Goldenberg, Steve Suissa and Sophie Tepper; Starring: Stéphane Freiss, Bérénice Bejo and Peter Coyote

Oct 05, 2005 Cinema Web Exclusive

In movies, when we are introduced to a couple that is enamored of each other, it’s often a safe bet that one of them will become the innocent victim of something dreadful. France’s sentimental Le Grand Role, despite its intriguing subtexts, is no exception to this pattern. More

The Tunnel

Studio: Avatar Films
Directed by: Roland Suso Richter; Written by: Johannes W. Betz; Starring: Heino Ferch, Nicolette Krebitz, Sabastian Koch, Alexandra Maria Lara, and Uwe Kockisch

Sep 20, 2005 Cinema Web Exclusive

The Tunnel, which was broadcast on German television in 2001 and screened at Los Angeles’ Made in Germany festival later that year, is finally seeing a long-overdue—albeit limited—run on U.S. screens this year, leading up to its DVD release on October 4. Set in 1961, during the early stages of the Berlin Wall’s construction, The Tunnel takes a miraculous true story of courage and conviction, and improbably, finds a cinematic middle ground between the thrill-a-minute popcorn suspense of The Fugitive and Schindler's List’s harrowing, heart-wrenching account of lamentable recent history. More