Red Road

Studio: Tartan Films
Director and screenwriter: Andrea Arnold; Starring: Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston and Natalie Press

Apr 27, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

Red Road, the debut feature by English director Andrea Arnold, is a fascinating, skillfully directed drama that operates within the framework of a thriller, but the film is so methodically paced during its first two acts, by the time the mysteries begin to unfold, the thrill is gone. More

After the Wedding

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by: Susanne Bier; Story: Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen; Script: Anders Thomas Jensen; Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Rolf Lassgård, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Stine Fischer Christensen

Apr 27, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

Filmgoers who remember Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves (1996) and Thomas Vinterberg’s The Celebration (1998) might feel a twinge of nostalgia while viewing After the Wedding, a captivating Danish drama that was a Best Foreign Language Film nominee at this year’s Academy Awards. More

Stephanie Daley

Studio: Regent Releasing and Liberation Entertainment
Written and Directed by: Hilary Brougher; Starring: Tilda Swinton, Amber Tamblyn and Timothy Hutton

Apr 27, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

Stephanie Daley, the sophomore feature from writer/director Hilary Brougher, is a topical and sadly familiar tale of unwanted pregnancy. The film’s titular character, strongly portrayed by Amber Tamblyn, ignites local controversy when she gives birth to an unwanted baby girl on a school ski trip. Having kept her pregnancy a secret, Stephanie is accused of murdering the child she claims was stillborn. More

The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down

Studio: Big Primpin' Productions
Written and Directed by: Paul Sapiano; Starring: Cricket Leigh, Kat Turner, Dominique Purdy, Benny Ciaramello, Steve Monroe, Michael FitzGibbons and Leyla Milani

Mar 31, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

Ever needed tips on the best way to drive home intoxicated after a party? Or how to prevent the cocaine in your pocket from being dampened by sweat while dancing? That’s where The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down can help. More

Maxed Out

Studio: Truly Indie
Directed by James Scurlock

Mar 31, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

In James Scurlock’s alarming documentary Maxed Out, an investigation into the plague that is American debt, the director interjects clips from a stodgy black-and-white educational film to illustrate how dramatically the credit industry in the United States has changed over the last 50 years. More

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