Woody Allen was snapped sneaking off during his new film. Couple Blake Lively and Penn Badgley had to go separate ways Saturday night as 'The Town' premiered at the same time as 'Easy A.' The only way I can slip in a link to my beloved Richard Ayoade is via a photo with Ben Stiller. Are those really oysters on Bryce Dallas Howard's 'Hereafter' premiere gown? Woody Harrelson looks creepy on the Bunraku red carpet. Peter Fonda's still an easy rider at the Best Buddies Gala. Jon Hamm smiles wide, which I haven't seen him do much of on 'Mad Men' lately.
Erik Childress really did not like Clint Eastwood's 'Hereafter': "Peter Morgan's ('The Queen,' 'Frost/Nixon') script beats around the bush so emphatically that it is easy to forget this is a film about what comes next at all. Instead it is more like someone who watched a bad M. Night Shyamalan film - or an M. Night Shyamalan film - and filtered it through Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's flair for perennially grief-stricken characters who will eventually cross paths by sheer coincidence."
Scott Weinberg was unsurprisingly amused by Michael Winterbottom's third collaboration with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, 'The Trip,': "Coogan and Brydon make for an endlessly watchable duo, and their car trips and frequent meals are peppered with long and very amusing volleys of British banter. Coogan is a stunningly quick wit, Brydon is an endearingly funny master of impersonations (his Michael Caine is simply wonderful), and their non-stop chat sessions are both intelligent and rather bizarre."
Weinberg also champions 'Casino Jack' for director George Hickenlooper's objective approach to his subject: "It's Hickenlooper's deft balancing act that makes the flick, well, kinda fun. And that's not really what we expect from a fact-based biopic that deals with lobbyists, finance, and the shameless fleecing of the American taxpayer."
Monika Bartyzel labels the global warming doc 'Cool It' a "must-see": "If 'An Inconvenient Truth' is our ass-kicker designed to make us put down that bottle of water and rethink our environmental attitudes, Ondi Timoner's 'Cool It' is our level-headed documentary designed to make us think rather than just react ...Timoner grabs onto one of the world's most prevalent issues and rocks it."
Bartyzel also looks at one the final films of actress Tracy Wright for her Girls on Film column: "Quite simply, 'Trigger' is to female friendship what 'Before Sunrise'/'Before Sunset' was for romance."