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


Studio: IFC Films
Directed by Lars von Trier; Starring: Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg

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

With Antichrist, director Lars von Trier becomes a late entry in the contest against M. Night Shyamalan to see who can fall the farthest the fastest. More

Black Dynamite

Studio: Apparition
Directed by Scott Sanders; Starring: Michael Jai White

Oct 23, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Cancel the Oscars, Black Dynamite is the best film of 2009assuming, that is, that your definition of fine cinema includes kung fu, adulterated malt liquor, fightin' The Man, drug-addled orphans, pimps, exploding cars going over cliffs, soul music, helicopter explosions, Vietnam vets, dudes getting thrown through walls, nunchuck fights, and former first lady Pat Nixon being pimp-slapped. More

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