Matt Damon plays Matt Whitacre, the cinematic version of a real-life character, a scientist who became the vice-president of a chemical company and then turned informant for the government in the early 1990s. Scott Weinberg described it as a "quietly odd performance." It's also hilarious. Damon hits every note, blending into the story while retaining an innate goodness that makes you root for him even as you slowly realize you probably shouldn't. The story becomes increasingly jaw-dropping, resulting in one of the best movies you haven't seen yet. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Buy it.
"Deliciously bizarre," as I wrote elsewhere. "Richard Kelly's meditation on the meaning of life, masquerades as a slow-boiling mystery thriller. Building on a slender, clever premise dreamed up by the great Richard Matheson in the short story 'Button, Button,' Kelly constructs a wonderfully odd tale that feels like a second cousin to Donnie Darko. ... It contains blissful moments of magical insanit. ... I'd rather have half-baked Richard Kelly psychological science fiction than a fully-baked and utterly routine mystery thriller." With Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, and Frank Langella. Rent it.
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
"Paul Weitz' film stands tall whether it was made inside or outside this temporary rise in the vamp popularity," wrote Peter Hall in his review for Cinematical. "Remove the cynical marketing climate and The Vampire's Assistant is a charming, imaginative, and most importantly, very entertaining film for children, teens and adults alike." Rent it.