Paris 36

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by Christophe Barratier; Written by Christophe Barratier, Pierre Philippe, and Julien Rappeneau; Starring: Nora Arnezeder, Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, and Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu.

Apr 03, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Inspired by a set of songs composed by contemporary songwriters Frank Thomas (lyrics) and Reinhardt Wagner (music), Paris 36 is a knowingly old-fashioned French film directed by Christophe Barratier, whose previous effort, The Choir (2004), received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. More

Tokyo Sonata

Studio: Regent Releasing

Feb 01, 2009 Cinema Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

The 2008 Jury Prize winner in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section, Tokyo Sonata is a departure for Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who is perhaps best known in the States for his creepy horror films Cure and Pulse. More

Skills Like This

Studio: Shadow Distribution

Feb 01, 2009 Cinema Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

Max Solomon (Spencer Berger) is such a poor writer that a performance of his play “The Onion Dance” hospitalizes his grandfather. More

Rachel Getting Married

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by: Jonathan Demme; Written by: Jenny Lumet; Starring: Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger, Bill Irwin and Tunde Adebimpe

Dec 10, 2008 Cinema Web Exclusive

If Anne Hathaway’s insolent, attention-craving character Kym seems intolerable after only a few scenes, and you begin to question whether you can spend another 100 minutes with her, then screenwriter Jenny Lumet and director Jonathan Demme have you right where they want you. More

The Black Balloon

Studio: NeoClassics Films
Directed by: Elissa Down; Written by: Elissa Down and Jimmy the Exploder; Starring: Rhys Wakefield, Gemma Ward, Luke Ford, Erik Thomson and Toni Collette

Dec 10, 2008 Cinema Web Exclusive

Australia’s The Black Balloon has its heart in the right place. The film observes autism through the eyes of Thomas, a 15-year-old boy (Rhys Wakefield) who struggles to accept his older brother Charlie’s (Luke Ford) disability, at an age when adolescents’ own self-consciousness becomes magnified. More

Che

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by Steven Soderbergh; Starring Benicio Del Toro

Nov 01, 2008 Cinema Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

As a whole, Che, which comprises two Spanish-language films over two hours each, is this decade’s most imposing film by an American director to receive theatrical distribution. More

Once

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Written and Directed by John Carney; Starring: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

May 17, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

Writer-director John Carney, a former bassist for The Frames, has said that, while being a fan of the Hollywood musical, he wanted to modernize the genre in such a way that the YouTube generation would not recognize Once as a musical. Whether or not this film is a musical is debatable, but what Carney has kept intact, sans lavish production numbers, is the sweet romantic spirit of people and community banding together for a shared cause. More

Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea

Studio:
Directed and Photographed by Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer; Narrated by John Waters; Music by Friends of Dean Martinez

Apr 27, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

Picture the biggest, most rundown waterfront trailer park retirement community imaginable, fill it with elderly eccentrics, slap on some Vegas-style kitsch and you’ve got a good idea of the Salton Sea, the Imperial Valley, Calif. locale outside of San Diego and Palm Springs that once was a booming resort town.  More

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