Politi-Flix

"New Moon" fever

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Directed by Chris Weitz

The end of...film

2012

Starring John Cusak, Amanda Peet,
Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover
Directed by Roland Emmerich

A Precious health care bill

Precious

Starring Gabby Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey
Directed by Lee Daniels

Pontificating on Antichrist

Antichrist

Starring Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, a fox
Directed by Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville)

Mooresian filmic theory

Capitalism: A Love Story
A documentary by Michael Moore

Coming soon to a theater near you: The Polanski Petition

I’m not sure if there is some unwritten law that we film critics are legitimately supposed to critique only the reel output of filmmakers, not their real world shenanigans. But if there is such a decree, I’m about to violate it. I admit it. Not sure what kind of punishment I face for breaking this “directive,” but the … um … temptation was just too strong. (Although I don’t have the excuse of being drunk or on some mind-altering substance.)

Bright (movie) star

Bright Star

Starring Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw,
Paul Schneider
Directed by Jane Campion

Cloudy with a chance of deception

Have you heard this one? A couple walks into a community-based assistance office seeking advice on securing a mortgage without declaring income or filing income taxes because they engage in a profession that is exclusively paid for with cash. As some of the advisers work furtively with this situation so that the young couple can finally become homeowners, it’s clear that this is a pimp and his prostitute.

A district for a critic

District 9

Starring Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James, Vanessa Haywood, Mandla Gaduka
Directed by Neill Blomkamp

Canned films

The Goods:
Live Hard, Sell Hard

Starring Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames,
James Brolin
Directed by Neal Brennan

Adam
Starring Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving
Directed by Max Meyer

Taking Woodstock
Starring Demetri Martin, Imelda Staunton, Emile Hirsh
Directed by Ang Lee

Rating: Just in time for back-to-school, these three films feel like they were made by students for students — sort of like those bygone After School Specials.