Alice in Wonderland

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Directed by: Tim Burton; Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover and Mia Wasikowska

Mar 03, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

Few contemporary directors are as consistent as Tim Burtonconsistently frustrating, that is. Though still blessed with an agreeably dark sensibility and a knack for striking visual design, Burton makes movies that are a treat for the eye, but it's been far too long since he's engaged the heart and head as confidently. Maybe that's why it's little surprise that his latest effort, Alice in Wonderland, is exactly what you'd expect from a Tim Burton filmunfortunately. More

A Prophet (Un prophète)

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Feb 25, 2010 Cinema Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

For 19-year-old Malik (Tahar Rahim), part Corsican, part Arab, it's kill or be killed when he enters prison to serve a six-year sentence for the assault of a police officer. César (Niels Arestrup), a Corsican mafia lieutenant and the prison's most powerful inmate, has his thugs torment Malik until he agrees to murder Reyeb (Hichem Yacoubi), an Arab being held until his trial testimony. More

Fish Tank

Studio: IFC Films

Jan 30, 2010 Cinema Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

First-time actress Katie Jarvis delivers a wonderfully expressive and nuanced lead performance as Mia, an aimless Essex teen in English writer/director Andrea Arnold's superb second feature, Fish Tank. Mia, a foul-mouthed 15-year-old loner with a nose for trouble, lives in a council flat with her single mom (Kierston Wareing) and tween sister (Rebecca Griffiths). More

The Young Victoria

Studio: Apparition
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée; Starring: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson and Jim Broadbent

Dec 18, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Emily Blunt is assured and stately in her role as the British monarch whose accession to the throne in 1837 launched the Victorian era, yet so much is made of Victoria's youth during the early section of the film that the smarts and resolve Blunt brings to her performance becomes a distraction. More

Tormented

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by John Wright; Starring: Alex Pettyfer, April Pearson, Dimitri Leonidas, Calvin Dean, Tuppence Middleton and Georgia King

Dec 10, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

The cruelty of high school is one of horror movies' most familiar motifs, but few high schools are more purely miserable than the parochial school in Tormented, where even the teachers join the popular kids in humiliating the outcasts. More

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Directed by: Wes Anderson; Starring (the voices of): George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray

Nov 30, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

In spite of their finely tailored clothes, the animated creatures in Fantastic Mr. Fox aren't little furry humans, à la Disney. They're wild animals, with dirty, cavity-ridden teeth and barbaric primal instincts. More

Broken Embraces

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar; Starring: Penélope Cruz and Lluís Homar

Nov 23, 2009 Cinema

Pedro Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz have become an unstoppable duo, and Cruz, more than any other of Almodóvar's regular actors, has the versatility to express the incredibly complex sentiments of her director's vision. More

The Messenger

Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Directed by Oren Moverman; Starring: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton and Jena Malone

Nov 11, 2009 Cinema Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

Hats off to Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Laboratories for picking up this potent 2009 Sundance selection starring Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson as Army Casualty Notification Officers, whose duty is to report the deaths of soldiers to their next of kin. More

Death Bell

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by Yoon Hong-Seung; Starring: Lee Beom-soo, Nam Gyu-ri, Yoon Jeong-hee and Kim Bum

Oct 30, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Whatever or whoever is killing students in Death Bell is that much more terrifying because it's probably not a ghost. More