- Capitalism: A Love Story: He's tackled the downfall of the U.S. car industry in Roger & Me, school violence in Bowling for Columbine, and the broken health care system in Sicko. But with Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore is likely to piss off his biggest audience yet -- any American out to make a buck. The film is predictably one-sided, but as usual, Moore spins a disturbing truth -- one that, in these times of economic turmoil, has never rung more true.
- Whip It: Drew Barrymore steps behind the cameras for her directorial debut, which is basically about girls kicking ass and taking names. Juno's Ellen Page stars as a frustrated Texas teen who gets her kicks after joining an all-girls roller derby team in Austin. Barrymore has a role in the film and, as predicted, the girls get suitably bruised. But a slew of laughs will be had along the way, and the "kick-ass tough girl" theme is sure to be a favorite among ladies who like ladies.
-The Invention of Lying: Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey, and the rest of the people in this fictional town can't tell a lie -- and that usually results in their saying things people don't want to hear. Which is why it's such a genius idea when Ricky Gervais discovers how to lie. Truly hilarious humor and a top-notch cast make this a must-see.
- Music for Men by Gossip: Beth and her boys have dropped the "The" and released this sizzling set of 12 tunes, out Tuesday. The album is filled with signature scorchers from the group -- songs like "Dimestore Diamond" and "Heavy Cross" (is that a Stevie Nicks sampling we hear?) are irresistible, if a tad similar to past hits like "Yr Mangled Heart." The group's ode to gay lust, "Men in Love," is as lyrically innovative as it is catchy.
-Devil's Halo by Meshell Ndegeocello: This bisexual firebrand is back with her first release since 2007's amazingly titled The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams. The Washington Post gave their hometown girl a glowing review: "Ndegeocello has rarely sounded stronger, and the disc's stripped-down approach accentuates her musical brawn." On "Lola," Ndegeocello sings a lament about a woman who finds love in booze after being deserted by both men and women. Drops Tuesday.
-Love2 by Air: The French ambient/electronica duo behind such classics as "Sexy Boy" and "Kelly Watch the Stars" is back with more trip-hop for your pleasure. Love2 comes out Tuesday, and lead single "Sing Sang Sung" is a perfect complement to a lazy Saturday afternoon (or perfect background music for an intense make-out session).
- Also coming out next week: Brazilian vocalist Bebel Gilberto's Mark Ronson-produced All in One, retro Danish rockers the Raveonettes' In and Out of Control, Stockholm Syndrome by adorable Memphis-born singer-songwriter Derek Webb, and DJ Tiesto's Kaleidoscope, featuring collaborations with queer artists like Tegan and Sara and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party.
- The Proposal: Yes, it's another straight guy-gets-straight girl romantic comedy, and no, nobody asked to see Sandra Bullock make "yet another romcom." But once you get past all of the obvious downfalls of this by-the-numbers flick, it's actually quite enjoyable -- thanks in large part to Bullock's top-notch timing with hottie Ryan Reynolds and a stellar supporting turn from everyone's favorite Golden Girl, Betty White.
- Away We Go:The Office's John Krasinski and SNL's
Maya Rudolph (in a revelatory performance) star as an expectant
30-something couple who embark on an allegorical, episodic road trip to
find a place to call home. Crisp direction by Sam Mendes, a colorful
supporting cast (gay faves Maggie Gyllenhaal, Catherine O'Hara, and
Allison Janney, among them), and a wistful folkie soundtrack make this
one of the year's most memorable films.
- Ally McBeal: The Complete Series: Back when America couldn't stop talking about Calista Flockhart's tiny frame... and people still dreamed in song on network television... a little show was born that captivated the hearts of single women and gay men alike. Funny how we always seem to bond over the same things. Many a star was born on this series (Lucy Liu, Jane Krakowski, Portia de Rossi), and now the entire series is available to enjoy on DVD.
-Traffik, 20th Anniversary Edition: The British miniseries about drug trafficking that inspired the acclaimed 2000 U.S. film follows three separate but connected story lines cutting between England, Germany, and Pakistan. Julia Ormond's fine performance as the young heroin addict brought her international attention and is the standout in the uniformly fine cast in this riveting thriller.