Where the Wild Things Are

Studio: Warner Bros.
Directed by Spike Jonze; Starring: Max Records and Catherine Keener

Oct 22, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Something about Maurice Sendak's classic children's picture book Where the Wild Things Are inspired director Spike Jonze and his co-screenwriter Dave Eggers to infuse the long-awaited feature film adaptation with a dispiriting sense of fear and sadness. More

Paranormal Activity

Studio: Paramount Pictures
Written and directed by Oren Peli; Starring: Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat

Oct 16, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

With so much hype now surrounding Paranormal Activity, there are bound to be viewers who leave the film unimpressed with its home-video look and moderation of action and visual effects; its best parts are like a ghostly take on Andy Warhol’s Sleep. Still, thanks to its sufficient dose of bloodless scares and a crafty marketing strategy by distributor Paramount Pictures, Paranormal Activity has reached event status just in time for Halloween. More

An Education

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by Lone Scherfig; Starring: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard and Alfred Molina

Oct 09, 2009 Cinema Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is a brilliant, pretty schoolgirl dying of boredom in postwar but pre-swinging '60s England. Her overbearing parents are concerned about her Latin homework, she has to smuggle records into her room, and her boyfriend's a drag. More


Studio: Magnet
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn; Starring: Tom Hardy

Oct 09, 2009 Cinema Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

This portrayal of Charles Bronson, the most violent and expensive prisoner in the history of the U.K., is wildly uneven. Bronson was born Michael Gordon Peterson but took the tough-as-nails actor's name while fighting during one of his short stays outside prison walls. More

The Damned United

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by Tom Hooper; Starring: Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall

Oct 08, 2009 Cinema Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

Directed by Tom Hooper (John Adams) and based on David Peace's fictionalized novel, The Damned United follows English soccer legend Brian Clough's brief but memorable 44 days as the team manager of powerhouse Leeds United in 1974. More

Whip It

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Directed by Drew Barrymore; Starring: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Alia Shawkat, Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis

Oct 02, 2009 Cinema Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

In Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, Whip It, based on screenwriter Shauna Cross's young adult novel Derby Girl, Ellen Page plays Bliss Cavendar, a small-town Texas teen who rebels against her beauty pageant-obsessed mom to secretly join a women's roller derby team. Commonalities with Bend It Like Beckham and Coyote Ugly emerge throughout, and if that seems like an offbeat combination, how about a soundtrack that invokes both .38 Special and Radiohead (no surprise which song) for score? More

Coco Before Chanel

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by Anne Fontaine; Starring: Audrey Tautou, BenoƮt Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain and Emanuelle Devos

Sep 25, 2009 Cinema Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

Wide countryside shots, quality acting, and the appeal of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's early fashions make this French biopic an ease to watch. It's stylish and elegant, like the Chanel label itself. Audrey Tautou, quintessentially French and a timeless screen presence, proves to be an ideal actress to play the legendary designer, channeling Chanel's admirable sophistication throughout the film. More

Bright Star

Studio: Apparition
Written and directed by Jane Campion; Starring Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw and Paul Schneider

Sep 18, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Writer-director Jane Campion's Bright Star is a sensory experience, an exquisitely photographed period romance that forsakes sweeping camera movements and swelling orchestral score for the quiet immediacy of the moments that occur when love takes root. More

Jennifer’s Body

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Written by Diablo Cody; Directed by Karyn Kusama; Starring: Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried

Sep 18, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Instead of a Facebook-era update on Heathers, screenwriter Diablo Cody's follow-up to Juno quickly devolves into the kind of B-movie rubbish that became outdated decades ago. More