May 21, 2009 The latest from director Steven Soderbergh stars skinflick veteran Sasha Grey as a tastefully attired Manhattan call girl who offers more than sex — and eventually lets her work-life balance get a bit off-true.
May 14, 2009 With his first feature, Brick, Rian Johnson gave audiences a smart, funny hybrid of film noir and high-school status comedy. For his second, Johnson has made something more specific and less necessary: a Wes Anderson movie.
May 8, 2009 Like most of Atom Egoyan's movies, his new Adoration operates on multiple levels, and works on many of them. The problem is that the aspect of the film that doesn't convince is the human one.
April 30, 2009 Mary Haverstick's drama about a mother struggling to reinvent herself stars Marcia Gay Harden and her actual daughter — both appealing. But the film's virtues don't extend beyond the anecdotal.
April 24, 2009 Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti dominated Italian politics for much of the second half of the 20th century, despite alleged ties to the mafia. Il Divo explores the mysterious influence of an urbane leader. Recommended
April 21, 2009 Abandoned by their mother, two little girls are shunted from relative to relative in Treeless Mountain, which is set in South Korea. While this minimalist tale could have been heartbreaking, what's most affecting is not the kids' plight but their pluck.
When Life Takes Your Lemons: Hiam Abbass plays Salma Zidane, a Palestinian widow whose lemon grove faces destruction for the sake of an Israeli minister's security.
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April 16, 2009 Tensions mount when an Israeli defense minister moves into a house bordering a Palestinian widow's lemon grove — and his security team insists the trees must come down for the sake of his safety.
April 16, 2009 Inspired by an NPR story, writer-producer Bill Haney dramatizes the battle of an East Texas woman to reclaim her reputation after a bogus drug arrest. Nicole Beharie and Alfre Woodard star.
April 10, 2009 Seth Rogen stars as an inept, overeager mall security guard trying to win over an indifferent makeup saleswoman. Despite some stylish twists, Observe and Report is a one-stop crude-comedy shop.
April 10, 2009 The manga heroes of Akira Toriyama's popular series move to the big screen in Dragonball: Evolution. Movie critic Mark Jenkins says it's not bad, though some of the laughs got lost in translation.
April 9, 2009 It's 1970s Long Island — a land of suburban opportunity for housing developers. But all is not bright and sunny for the characters in Lymelife, a proficient but unsurprising adolescent drama.
April 2, 2009 An Iranian ostrich farmer heads to Tehran, where he stumbles upon a way to make some easy money. His new livelihood brings bustle into his life — while his son (Hamed Aghazi, left) tries a venture of his own.
March 26, 2009 Love stories intertwine in Shall We Kiss, a lighthearted, gently moving film from writer-director Emmanuel Mouret. The raciest action takes place off-screen, but virtuoso acting provides ample thrills. (Recommended)
March 5, 2009 This surreal triptych, each segment directed by a non-Japanese filmmaker, follows a wannabe filmmaker, a violent outsider and a reclusive young man as they navigate the megalopolis.
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.
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