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Inglourious Basterds

Studio: The Weinstein Company
Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino; Starring Brad Pitt, Christopher Waltz, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, B.J. Novak, Mike Meyers, Mélanie Laurent, and Michael Fassbender

Aug 21, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Quentin Tarantino never met a genre he didn’t like, and nearly every movie he’s made thus far has been his own reworking of that specific style of film, whether it’s Reservoir Dogs’ heist film, Jackie Brown‘s blaxploitation or Death Proof‘s car chase movie. So in that spirit, it’s best to think of Inglourious Basterds as his foreign-language WWII Spaghetti Western.


The Time Traveler’s Wife

Studio: New Line Cinema
Directed by Robert Schwentke; Starring: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams and Ron Livingston

Aug 14, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

When a movie that is called The Time Traveler’s Wife begins by depicting a traumatic event from the childhood of said time traveler Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana), you might begin to wonder why it’s not simply called The Time Traveler. Get used to the wondering.



Studio: Focus Features
Directed by Park Chan-wook; Starring: Song Kang-ho, Kim Ok-vin and Shin Ha-kyun

Jul 31, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

In the latest opus from South Korea’s Park Chan-wook (Oldboy), you’ll be exposed to copious amounts of blood, forbidden sexual encounters and murderous appetites, but at the heart of Thirst, you’ll find the melodrama of two people caught up in selfless but unfulfilling lives.



Studio: Fox Searchlight
Written and directed by Max Mayer; Starring: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne and Peter Gallagher

Jul 30, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Hugh Dancy stars as the title character, a young man hampered socially and career-wise by Asperger’s and the recent death of his father. Enter Rose Byrne as Beth, the beautiful, serious, and sensitive young woman who moves into Adam’s building. He’s obsessed with astronomy, she’s a budding children’s book author (aren’t they all?).


Dead Snow

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by: Tommy Wirkola; Starring: Ørjan Gamst, Stig Frode Henriksen, Jeppe Laursen and Charlotte Frogner

Jul 23, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Following the blueprint that George Romero laid out, most zombie films are rife with themes of morality and apocalypse and colored with somber social commentary. Dead Snow bucks that trend.



Studio: Paper Street Films and Animus Films
Directed by: Morgan J. Freeman; Starring: Mischa Barton, Jessica Stroup and Matt Long

Jul 20, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Homecoming provides one valuable lesson: If your boyfriend drives off, leaving you drunk before you’ve checked into your motel room, break up with him on the spot.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Studio: Warner Bros.
Directed by David Yates; Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Jim Broadbent, Alan Rickman and Michael Gambon

Jul 15, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

The sixth film based on author J.K. Rowling’s massively popular Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince just might be the Empire Strikes Back of the series.


(500) Days of Summer

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Directed by Marc Webb; Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel

Jul 15, 2009 Cinema Issue #27 Summer 2009 - Jarvis Cocker

From its sardonic opening (a short preface of text that calls out an ex-girlfriend) to its final line of dialogue, (500) Days of Summer abounds with humor and romantic spirit, sparked by dynamic storytelling, fanciful imagery, a splendid music soundtrack, and a charismatic, star-making performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt.


Blood: The Last Vampire

Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Directed by Chris Nahon; Starring: Gianna, Allison Miller, Liam Cunningham, JJ Feild, Koyuki and Yasuaki Kurata

Jul 10, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Based on the cult anime series of the same name, Blood: The Last Vampire is a full-length remake of a shorter animated film.