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  • Terribly Happy

    No noirish yarn this good stays obscure long
      Jakob Cedergren plays Robert, a policemen given a rehab assignment in tiny village, after suffering an emotional meltdown in Copenhagen. At first glance this sleepy hamlet is the prefect tonic for his rattled nerves, but appearances make quick work of fools in pictures like this. Indeed something is rotten in Denmark (forgive me), and soon the marshall is hip deep in a domestic dispute as dirty as the thick bog nearby. The town’s worst-kept secret is that brutish Jorgen regularly abuses his hot-tomato wife Ingeise (Lene Maria Christensen), and she wastes no time coming to the new guy for help, and a little more. He resists her advances for awhile, but as is the way of all patsies, he succumbs, and things begin spiraling out of control. Pretty soon there’s a murder, a cover-up, and the threat that even more bodies will vanish.
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  • August Rush

      The protagonist of this back-door music is August Rush (Freddy Highmore), a ward of the state whose parents — a scruffy Irish rocker (Johnathn Rhys Meyers) and an elegant concert cellist (Keri Russel) — don’t know he exists. The orphan won't give up home he'll be claimed, so, to avoid being placed in yet another home, he runs to the streets of NYC, where he falls in with a flock of runaways led by the tweaked-out hustler Wizard (Robin Williams), who christens the kid August Rush and turns him out on the streets to earn cash with his amazingly advanced guitar skills. As his unbelievably attractive (but dim) parents begin to piece together the puzzle about their lost child, the Wiz tightens his grip on the kid. Not a moment of this exists in a believable universe, but the movie hugs its own fairytale nature and holds on for dear life.
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  • Suspiria

      Young American ballerina “Suzy,” played appealingly by Jessica Harper, travels to a fancy German ballet school only to discover that it’s a confusing, murderous, maggot-infested mess. Between her neurotic roommate, a cruel ballet teacher and a supremely metrosexual love interest — Suzy’s got her cute ’70s hands full. Throw in a coven of witches and you’ve pretty much got Valley of the Dolls meets House of Wax. But for all of its campy glory, Suspiria is not without a few chills — as well as a particularly disturbing dog attack.
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  • Offside

      Offside is kind of like a postcard from prison, and, though conditions are severe, the inmates are in good spirits and appear to be making the most of their bad situation. The action centers around a World Cup qualifying match between Iran and Bahrain at Tehran's Azadi stadium, where a half-dozen young girls attempt to join in on the nationalistic sporting fever inside. Women are forbidden from attending such sporting events there, but these ladies risk much just to root for their side. A group of bored soldiers prevent them from such simple soccer joys. These troops know how ridiculously sexist the rules are, but they follow orders with halfhearted professionalism, and round the girls into a makeshift holding pen before turning them over to the vice squad.
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  • Cruel summer

    Eli Roth makes torture look pretty, without the social commentary
      It's not exactly groundbreaking to decry the work of the current poster boy for the despicable and swiftly spreading torture porn craze, but the real problem is not that Roth toils in a loathsome, indefensible genre; it's because he does it so well. Eli Roth makes really pretty horror pictures, his blood splatters are artful, his cruelty inventive, his pacing and scene framing are impeccable; dude knows his shit. The trouble is that his "stuff" isn't worth making, his savagery is tiresome, his relentless dehumanizing use of violence isn't funny, and it's not half as clever as Mr. Roth thinks it is.
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  • Karla

      Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo were dubbed the “Barbie and Ken” killers, the perfect vision of ’80s Anglo young love. In the film, when we meet Karla (Laura Prepon of That ’70s Show), she’s already served eight years in the clink for kidnapping and raping several girls, and we see, in a series of flashbacks, how she first met Paul (Misha Collins) at a veterinary conference and quickly fells for his unusual charm. Little does she know that Paul’s responsible for a series of rapes in Scarborough, Ontario. Karla’s jealous streak is only matched by an unwavering desire to keep Paul her man, no matter what. So when he begins to focus on Karla’s virginal sister, Tammy, Karla does the unthinkable and offers her up as a sort of Christmas present. What results is a disturbing twist on the all-American couple living out their suburban dream.
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