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

Sanctum

Studio: Universal Pictures
Directed by: Alister Grierson; Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Parksinson

Feb 04, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

Executive-produced by James Cameron, Sanctum is a visually staggering 3D adventure/thriller that, like Avatar and countless effects-driven films before it, demonstrates how dialogue is inconsequential when the universes depicted on screen are treated more carefully than the characters who inhabit them. More

Blue Valentine

Studio: The Weinstein Company

Jan 07, 2011 Cinema Issue #34 - Year End 2010 - Sufjan Stevens

During an early scene in Blue Valentine, Dean (Ryan Gosling) tries to get his young daughter to eat her “yucky” breakfast by placing pinches of instant oatmeal directly on the kitchen table, so they can slurp it up, as Dean says, “like leopards.” Dean’s wife Cindy (Michelle Williams) is hardly amused; she has the look of a woman who’s grown tired of her husband’s juvenility. Viewers know then and there that a bumpy ride is ahead. More

Somewhere

Studio: Focus Features
Sofia Coppola

Dec 22, 2010 Cinema

There's a familiarity about Sofia Coppola's Somewhere that's both intoxicating and exhausting. More