Best Worst Movie

Studio: Magic Stone Productions
Directed by Michael Paul Stephenson

May 24, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

Troll 2 is known by film junkies as one of the biggest cinematic disasters this side of Ed Wood. But, much like Wood's Plan 9, the sheer off-the-wall audacity and amateurish enthusiasm of the movie has fostered a cult audience that has grown exponentially in recent years. But what is it about Troll 2 that engenders this rabid enthusiasm? Best Worst Movie, the documentary debut of Michael Paul Stephenson (who was the unfortunate child star of Troll 2) takes an interesting approach in sussing this out. More

Holy Rollers

Studio: First Independent Pictures
Directed by Kevin Asch; Starring: Jessie Eisenberg, Jason Fuchs and Justin Bartha

May 24, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

When it comes to film premises, few can grab you quite like that of Holy Rollers: Hassdic teens build ecstasy smuggling empire. On top of that, it's "based on true events." How could you go wrong? As it turns out, a lot of ways. More

Harry Brown

Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Directed by Daniel Barber; Starring: Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer

May 22, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

Harry Brown (Michael Caine) is an ex-Royal Marine octogenarian living in "the estates" of South London, where the local youths' idea of a fun time is smoking crack and dropping bags of flaming dog crap through people's letterboxes. After a feeble attempt at self-defense ends the life of his only friend, Brown decides to take matters into his own hands. More

Looking for Eric

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by Ken Loach; Starring: Steve Evets and Eric Cantona

May 14, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

Director Ken Loach has made a film that fuses his own mastery of the British kitchen-sink drama with the whimsy of Woody Allen's Play It Again, Sam and the underdog sentimentality of '80s John Hughes teen films. It's the kind of odball amalgamation of styles that SCTV used to imagine. More

Iron Man 2

Studio: Marvel; Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Directed by Jon Favreau; Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson

May 07, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

Sparks flyliterallywhen Robert Downey, Jr. and Mickey Rourke share the screen in Iron Man 2. Rourke's character, the vengeful Russian physicist Ivan Vanko, is on the attack, with deadly electric whips of metal stemming from his arms, when he first confronts Tony Stark (Downey) on a Monaco speedway. But those expecting the figurative sparks to fly between Downey and Rourke, two of American film's more daring actors and intriguing offscreen personalities, will be disappointed. More

Apr 22, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

The third night of the 14th annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) film festival, a weeklong showcase of new French films at the Directors Guild in Los Angeles, was highlighted by the Cold War espionage thriller Farewell and the West Coast premiere of Please, Please Me!, from writer/director Emmanuel Mouret (Shall We Kiss?). More


Studio: Lionsgate
Directed by Matthew Vaughn; Starring: Aaron Johnson, Nicholas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Chloe Moretz

Apr 15, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

The only thing Kick-Ass the movie has in common with Kick-Ass the comic book is the premise: New York high-schooler Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a nobody to everyone around him except for his two best friends (played by Clark Duke and Evan Peters) and his father. After he and his buddies are mugged one too many times by a couple of neighborhood hoods, Lizewski takes up the mantle and MySpace page of an amateur vigilante. More

Who Do You Love?

Studio: International Film Circuit
Directed by Jerry Zaks; Starring: Alessandro Nivola, Jon Abrahams, Robert Randolph, Keb’ Mo’, David Oyelowo, Chi McBride, Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke, and Marika Dominczyk

Apr 15, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

The story of Chess Records founder Leonard Chess, who would help launch the careers of Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and Etta James, falls flat, without igniting the fire that helped make recent music pics like Once and Walk the Line successful. More

No One Knows About Persian Cats

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi; Starring: Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad

Apr 13, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

"This is what music is supposed to be," says wheeler and dealer of contraband, Nader, while listening to a track by indie rockers Ashkan and Negar. But under the strict moral and political code of Tehran, non-traditional music like theirs is supposed to have a permit. More