February 26, 2009 The beautifully shot Turkish film is less a story than an exercise in suppression. With shots of dramatic skies and stormy faces, Nuri Bilge Ceylan creates a compelling — if veiled — picture of a family's unraveling.
February 19, 2009 Morgan Dews' family documentary channels Edward Albee, with doses of adultery, psychotherapy and recrimination. It's a story too strange to be fiction, told through home movies, photos, letters and diaries.
February 12, 2009 Since P.J. Hogan decided to make this adaptation of Sophie Kinsella's novel, the global economic bubble has deflated. Is debt still funny?
February 12, 2009 Nursing a heartache, a young man (Joaquin Phoenix) returns home to Brooklyn, where his Old World parents plot his domestic future. But the arrival of a new neighbor throws things into disarray.
February 5, 2009 Zen, the autistic love child of rival gang leaders, sets out to erase her mother's debts in a Bangkok adventure that may have the wildest premise in the history of hand-to-hand combat flicks.
January 29, 2009 Melodrama takes center stage in Serbis, Brillante Mendoza's gritty but warm portrait of a struggling Filipino family. Their adult-movie house might be sinking, but their lives are overflowing.
January 29, 2009 A montage of sound, music and memory, Of Time and the City goes beyond the Beatles in a memorial to Liverpool's past. Director Terence Davies guides his audience through the streets of his native city.
January 22, 2009 Director Cristian Nemescu's smart, funny film looks at America's influence worldwide through the lens of the 1999 NATO intervention in Kosovo. (Recommended)
January 15, 2009 A Delhi doofus is summoned to protect a Chinese village in the Bollywood kung-fu comedy Chandni Chowk to China. With nods to everything from Jackie Chan to James Bond, the movie is a cultural mashup of epic proportions.
January 8, 2009 The perfect day becomes a perfect nightmare when best friends schedule their weddings for the same date. Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson star in a lukewarm battle of the bridezillas.
December 24, 2008 A sad-sack handyman gets a new life thanks to the magical plot twists his niece and nephew add to his impromptu tales. But the unlikeliest thing about this bland comedy is watching Sandler play nice for a PG rating.
December 24, 2008 Ari Folman's animated memoir explores the legacy — for a soldier and for his comrades — of Israel's 1982 incursion into Lebanon, which eventually led to the massacre of refugees at the Sabra and Shatila camps.
December 24, 2008 The noir-crime movie revisits a comic-serial world that's more sophisticated than most — but Frank Miller's take on the Central City story is a by-the-numbers superhero story, haphazardly told.
December 18, 2008 It opens with a warning of a suicide, so it's instantly clear that Seven Pounds will address mortally important matters — though its whydunit structure means we can't tell you much more.
December 18, 2008 French cinema is known for characters who play, whether at love, crime or thought. Filmmaker Laurent Cantet, however, is more interested in work — here, the work of knowledge and of knowing. (Recommended)
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