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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.


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.


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.


Apr 22, 2010 Cinema Marion Cotillard

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?).



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.


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.


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.



Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Mar 26, 2010 Cinema Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

A gynecologist (Julianne Moore) suspects that her husband (Liam Neeson), a suave music professor, is cheating on her, so she pays a young escort (Amanda Seyfried) to test his fidelity. Sounds rational and plausible, right?


Red Riding trilogy

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by Julian Jarrold, James Marsh and Anand Tucker; Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sean Bean, Paddy Considine and David Morrissey

Mar 17, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

Complete with an expansive story line and a sprawling cast, the Red Riding trilogy is just about as bleak as crime dramas get, with little closure and even less absolution.