It's our Halloween horror flick round-up. We asked Takeaway listeners and our contributors, Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman and Spout editor Karina Longworth, to compile a list of the best horror films ever. Classics like "Cat People" and "Night of the Living Dead" made the list, but so did big '80s blockbusters like "Alien."
Click through to read Rafer and Karina's full list and watch video clips from some of the classics.
"Amelia," the biopic of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart, opens across the country today. Will this be Hilary Swank's third Oscar-winning role? The Takeaway's contributors Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Karina Longworth, editor of Spout, say the movie will certainly be positioned as a contender for the award. But they're not sure Swank's latest role is actually worthy.
Even though "Surrogates" and "Fame" debut this weekend, it's the art house films that have stolen the hearts of The Takeaway's movie reviewers: Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Karina Longworth, editor of Spout. They introduce us to Anne Fontaine's film "Coco Before Chanel," starring Audrey Tautou, about the famous fashion designer before she was an icon. They also look at "Disgrace," the screen adaptation of the novel by J.M. Coetzee, starring John Malkovich, and "Blind Date," starrring Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson.
Here's the trailer for "Coco Before Chanel"; click through for more trailers:
On Fridays we talk movies; today we're joined by Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman and Spoutblog editor Karina Longworth. Anna Faris, Mr. T and others bring a classic children's book to screen this weekend in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Steven Soderbergh and Matt Damon do comedy with "The Informant." We also look at Jennifer Aniston's new romantic comedy "Love Happens," poet John Keats falling in love in "Bright Star," and Juno writer Diablo Cody's attempt at "feminist horror" with "Jennifer's Body."
Watch the trailer for "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" below and click through for more:
It's Friday, which means new movies are opening nationwide. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, joins us with a few of the films in theaters this weekend. His picks? Tim Burton's return to animation in 9, a remake of the 1956 crime film noir Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, and Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself.
We also hear from Karina Longworth, editor of SpoutBlog, who's at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada. She has the latest on the next flock of films heading this way, starting with The Men Who Stare at Goats, a film with an all-star cast including George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey. (The trailer is above.)
Here's the Trailer for Tim Burton's 9:
Our Friday movie round-up looks at some upcoming films that defy being pigeonholed neatly into a single genre, from still-appealing-to-adults "kid's movie" Where the Wild Things Are, to horrific-sounding-but-not-actually-scary The Antichrist. We're joined by Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday; and Karina Longworth of the daily movie site SpoutBlog.
Our panel of critics discuss the controversy over Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, a darkly twisted look at the hunt for Adolph Hitler. We also look at Shorts, a new kids' film that has appeal for adults, and Robin Williams’ newest movie, indie-festival darling World's Greatest Dad. On our panel today: Karina Longworth, editor of SpoutBlog; and Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday.