But first, some belated Hausu-themed artwork by Nicolas Hitori De, featuring characters from our comic book Spell Checkers. I figured you all might get a kick out of it.
* The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the Swedish crime trilogy yawns and stretches to completion.
* Hereafter, Clint Eastwood's meditation on the afterlife fails on nearly every level. A serious contender for worst movie of the year--or at least the most boring.
* Never Let Me Go, an undercooked contender. I was really underwhelmed by this. Needed more of the story explained and more character material.
* Agora, a thought-provoking historical epic about the Christian takeover of Alexandria in 4 AD. Starring Rachel Weisz.
* Eccentricitie's of a Blonde-Haired Girl, Manoel de Oliveira's not-so-eccentric literary adaptation.
* The Grapes of Wrath, John Ford's astonishing adaptation of John Steinbeck, with Henry Fonda in the lead. Repackaged, not reissued.
* I Am Love, melodrama as a sumptuous feast. Starring Tilda Swinton.
* Kisses, an excellent Irish drama about two kids on the run from the abusive lives. A fairy tale, both light and dark.
* The Pacific, the television miniseries about the campaign against Japan in WWII. The follow-up to Band of Brothers.
* Richard III, Ian McKellan's inspired take on the Shakespeare classic, reset in fascist pre-War Britain.
* Samurai Vendetta, a tepid swordplay story that is strangely light on the revenge.
* Theater of War, an uneven documentary about the 2006 staging of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage starring Meryl Streep. It's best when it's just about Brecht himself.
* William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Baz Luhrmann's innovative modern adaptation of the classic doomed romance.