By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire October 9, 2012 at 10:15AM
#4. "The Raven"
In "The Raven," John Cusack stars as 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe, an author with a dark and troubled past remembered for horror stories like "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Pit and the Pendulum" as well as for spearheading the detective fiction genre. Cusack's no-holds-barred turn as Poe recalls his adventurous roles in "Being John Malkovich" and "High Fidelity," unpredictable performances miles away from his recent work. The film, helmed by James McTeigue ("V for Vendetta"), takes Poe's mysterious death as a jumping off point for a fictionalized account of the writer's last days, during which Poe is tasked with helping track down a serial killer whose gruesome murders mirrors those in Poe's own stories.
Extras: Audio commentary with McTeigue and the film's producers; deleted and extended scenes; and a number of featurettes that delve into the making of the film.
#5. "30 Beats"
A loose and heated adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's "La Ronde," this low-budget indie centers on ten disparate New Yorkers on the hunt for a sexual encounter during a summer heat wave. Condola Rashad (daughter to actress Phylicia Rashad) Jennifer Tilly, Lee Pace, Paz de la Huerta and Justin Kirk all star.