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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.


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?


Coco Before Chanel

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

Sep 25, 2009 Cinema Anne Fontaine

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.


Bright Star

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

Sep 19, 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.


Jennifer’s Body

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

Sep 19, 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.


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?).