By R. Kurt Osenlund, The Good Life film critic
UP IN THE AIR
"Juno" director Jason Reitman's genre-defying new film, which stars George Clooney as a corporate axeman who spends most of his life on airplanes, has been gaining incredible buzz since pleasing crowds and critics at the Toronto Film Festival. The trailer, a series of scenes dubbed over with a throught-provoking monologue by Clooney's character, is highly intriguing and compounds what everyone seems to already be saying: "Up in the Air" is a must-see.
A SINGLE MAN
Renowned designer and entrepreneur Tom Ford has already left an indelible mark on the worlds of fashion and publishing. Now, with his first feature film, he's attempting to do the same in the similarly glitzy world of Hollywood. The preview for "A Single Man," Ford's erotic thriller starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, is beautifully put together, using only imagery and haunting music to tantalize viewers. The movie has already claimed two prizes at the Venice Film Festival (including a Best Actor trophy for Firth), and was recently picked up for distribution by The Weinstein Company. It's set to be released late in the year.
CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY
Controversial documentarian Michael Moore returns with a movie that begs -- or, rather, demands -- the question: "where is all our money?" Pointedly addressing the current state of the economy and the reasons for its downturn, Moore continues to shakes things up in ways few other filmmakers dare. Brazenly topical, "Capitalism: A Love Story" has some people whispering: "Best Picture contender. "