Review: Lorna’s Silence (2009) ****

Though Lorna’s Silence wasn’t as rapturously received by Cannes critics as Rosetta or L’Enfant, the latest from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne manages to be a bit more audience friendly than those other films and it’s a great place to start if you’ve never seen a Dardenne film or if you’ve found their other work difficult (read…)

Pirates of…Penzance?

Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) is close to becoming the next director of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Really?

SnagFilms Summerfest: 45365

SnagFilms’ SummerFest rolls on with 45365, the Best Documentary Feature winner of the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. Here is SnagFilm’s opening blurb in case you’re too lazy to click over there for yourself. It’s been hand cut, bathed in buttermilk and egg, dredged in flour, deep fried to a golden brown and then artfully pasted (read…)

Can you hear me scream now?

So Ridley Scott is really going to make a prequel to Alien after all and he’s even planning to direct.

Trailer: The Damned United

Here’s the trailer for Tom Hooper’s The Damned United written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and starring Michael Sheen (The Queen). It came out in the UK in March and was announced as a North American premiere at TIFF this morning. I’m a little weary of the whole Peter Morgan/Michael Sheen thing and the ’70s (read…)

UK Poster: The Informant!

The UK one sheet for Steven Soderbergh’s comedy The Informant! starring Matt Damon as a real life corporate whistleblower whose own shady history complicates the FBI’s case against agricultural giant ADM.

Trailer: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Here’s the trailer for Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion animated Fantastic Mr. Fox featuring the voice talents of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman.

Universal repossessing Cox’s thunder?

Buried in the Universal press release that shuffled Wolfman and Green Zone off to 2010 was a bit about Jude Law and Forest Whitaker’s long-delayed (it began production in October 2007 and post-production in January 2008) sci-fi action thriller Repossession Mambo getting retitled Repo Men! and targeted for the first part of 2010. Apparently this (read…)

Jeunet’s ‘Micmacs’ to premiere at TIFF

Like Mr. Creosote and his wafer thin mint, Toronto International Film Festival organizers crammed a few more titles into their lineup bringing the total number of films to 129. The biggest add as far as LiC is concerned is the world premiere of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs a tire-larigot which we’ve been following anxiously for the (read…)

2009 Venice Film Festival lineup

Programmers for the 66th Annual Venice Film Festival announced their lineup today. You can see the whole list including 71 world premieres over at Variety and I’ve picked out some of the noteworthy entries below. In competition 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup, Jacques Rivette Baaria, Giuseppe Tornatore Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, (read…)

Weekend Forecast: A Fistful of Foreign Films

There are several limited releases worth checking out this weekend. Lorna’s Silence from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the Danish World War II resistance thriller Flame & Citron and Sweden’s surrealistic You, The Living all get LiC’s coveted stamp of approval. Meanwhile, the harrowing dolphin rescue documentary The Cove has gotten terrific reviews and we’ve been (read…)

Trailer: A Serious Man

The first trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen’s A Serious Man!

Poster/Trailer: The Burning Plain

Guillermo Arriaga’s The Burning Plain starring Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger posterized and trailerated.

Poster/Trailer: The Baader Meinhof Complex

From Cinematical, here’s the poster and US trailer for Foreign Language Oscar nominee The Baader Meinhoff Complex. The film tells the story of the 1970s German lefty terrorist group known as the Red Army Faction responsible for the deaths of more than 30 people.

Who’s driving your 3-D plane?

Everywhere I look these days, it’s 3-D this and 3-D that, but I wonder whether the technology is being driven by the studios who want us to want it or if audiences are actually demanding it.

‘Lorax’ tries to see the forest through the 3-D trees

Can anything good come of a 3-D animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax? Probably not

Trailer: Toy Story 1, 2…3D

I’m pretty much doomed to be the last person excited about all this 3D business, aren’t I? Well, whether I’m on board or not, Pixar has caught the fever and they’ve gone back and re-rendered Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3D. Both films will be back in theaters beginning October 2.

‘Green Zone’ and ‘Wolfman’ land in 2010

Wolfman starring Benicio Del Toro and Paul Greengrass’s Green Zone starring Matt Damon are getting 2010 release dates.

SPC picks up Zhang’s ‘Three Gunshots’

Zhang Yimou’s remake of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Blood Simple has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics

Poster: New York, I Love You

The new one sheet for the omnibus film New York, I Love You

Toronto gets ‘Serious’

It’s not exactly a surprise to hear that Joel and Ethan Coen’s A Serious Man will get its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (9/10 – 9/19) about a month in advance of its October 2nd release, though that means it won’t be playing the Venice Film Festival like Burn After Reading (read…)

There Were Wild Things in San Diego

Some of the buzz surrounding Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are coming out of San Diego Comic Con

Madness? THIS. IS. CAMELOT!!!!

So, Warren Ellis is writing a screenplay for an Untitled Arthurian Project for the producers of 300…

Stunt City

I know this isn’t strictly movie related (Ed. turns out it’s also a couple years old), but don’t worry, LiC isn’t suddenly being sponsored by an Australian deodorant company. The thing is, when I was a little kid I used to jump off the monkey bars at recess in preparation for my future career as (read…)

The Watercooler: Now in bite-sized pieces!

I’ve already thrown in my two cents on the most promising release of the weekend (In the Loop) and as of this writing I haven’t motivated myself for the well-reviewed but lo-fi Humpday so it looks like you readers will have to pick up the Watercooler slack for me. Keep an eye out this week (read…)

$75 zombie movie gets UK distribution

Even if you don’t like zombie movies, you have to admire Marc Price who wrote Colin, shot it on a camcorder and then edited it while working as a courier – all for around $75. What’s more, the film which tells its story from a zombie’s point of view has been picked up for UK (read…)

Movies You May Have Missed: Giants vs. Vikings

This week’s DVD releases of movies you may have missed: The sci-fi comedy Big Man Japan and the homemade heavy metal Viking epic Severed Ways

Tron Legacy

As proof that I’m not completely out of touch with my inner nerd, I’m kind of excited about this footage from the sequel to Tron.

Great, now I have to give a crap about ‘Due Date’

Robert Downey Jr. joins the cast of Todd Phillips’ Due Date.

More HolmezzzZzzZzzzzzz…

Because the world demanded another Sherlock Holmes character poster…

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