Celebrity Mix - TLA Releasing kicks out this smart collection of short films, including
the movie biz spoof Laud Weiner, starring David Hyde Pierce as a
"producer, agent, all-arround-Hollywood-wonder guy", and Terri Edda Miller's hilarious Dysenchanted, about a group therapy session featuring Alexis Bledel and Laura
Kightlinger as classic storybook heroines. Also out today from TLA is Swindled, the Goya-nominated thriller from Miguel Bardem that stars the lovely
Victoria Abril as a grifter scheming big.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room - While the recent spike in the popularity of the
documentary can be credited in part to the work of master mixer Michael Moore, this wickedly smart chronicle of the rise
and fall of energy giant Enron succeeds in many ways that the subjectively stylized Fahrenheit 9/11 director fails. Helmer Alex Gibney, who wrote and produced the sharp 2002 doc, The Trials of Henry Kissinger, keenly draws upon the finer points of Bethany
McLean's and David Elkind's book, delivering a meaty and mostly objective political farce that both explains Enron's
tragic, far-reaching smoke-and-mirrors show and warns how history could repeat itself.
Junebug - From Phil Morrison, a guy whose résumé includes pretty much just music
videos for Sonic Youth and Superchunk and episodes of Upright Citizens Brigade
comes this remarkably refined drama about a Chicago art dealer (Embeth Davidtz) whose visit upsets the balance of her
fiancé's North Carolina family. Davidtz is great, but the standout is Amy Adams as the naive Southern belle -
rather, ding-dong - a turn that earned her a Special Jury Prize at last year's Sundance and Best Supporting Actress by
the National Society of Film Critics.