My reviews of non-Criterion movies from September.
* Bachelorette, Kirsten Dunst and Isla Fisher lead a great cast into some crass territory the night before the wedding.
* Compliance, dramatizing real-life events about extreme prank calls made on fast food restaurants and their employees, a film to test your ethical fortitude.
* For a Good Time, Call..., or as I like to call it Phone Sex and the City. I know that's not funny, but neither is the movie.
* Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a time-bending hitman. From the director of Brick and The Brothers Bloom.
* The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest bid for a slot amongst the American classics of the 1970s. I'd say he got there.
* Red Hook Summer, the latest Spike Lee film, takes us back to some familiar ground to tackle difficult subject matter in a fiercely compelling fashion.
* The Babymakers, perhaps the least funny comedy of the year. I like Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn, but there's no salvaging this weak script. Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar (Supertroopers).
* Battle Circus, a 1950s Korean War movie in which Humphrey Bogart, I kid you not, provides the template for Hawkeye Pierce.
* Bored to Death: The Complete Third Season is unfortunately also the last of this literary comedy with Jason Schwartzman.
* Damsels in Distress, Whit Stillman's return to cinema proves he is as charming and anachronistic as ever. Plus, Greta Gerwig!
* The Dark Mirror, a psychological thriller from Robert Siodmak, starring Olivia De Havilland as twins, one of whom may be a murderer.
* Korczak, Andrzej Wajda's devastating drama about a doctor in the Warsaw ghetto in WWII.
* The Loved Ones. Inventing a new genre: torture prom. Absolute trash.
* Macbeth, Orson Welles' skewed version of Shakespeare finally makes it to DVD.
* Man-Trap, a post-noir love triangle gone wrong.
* My Son John, Leo McCarey's 1952 propaganda drama. "Mama, I think our boy may be a Commie."
* Pursued, an excellent melding of western and romance starring an appropriately fatalistic Robert Mitchum.
* The Salt of Life, another charming slice of Italian life from the director of Mid-August Lunch.
* Secret Beyond the Door, in which Fritz Lang attempts to do a cover version of Hitchcock's Rebecca.
* Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich, a fluffy 1958 documentary noted for its use of the Cinerama widescreen format--which the Blu-Ray does an awesome job replicating.