June 26, 2009 Antonello Grimaldi's Quiet Chaos lacks thematic complexity, but the subtly directed sequences, bitter and sweet alike, add up to a moving chronicle of sorrow, wonder and acceptance. (Recommended)
June 25, 2009 Based on a true story, The Stoning of Soraya M. tells the tale of an Iranian woman falsely accused of adultery — and executed by her fellow villagers nonetheless. Mark Jenkins has a review.
June 18, 2009 In a movie that mixes gross-out gags and religious mockery, you'd think the latter would be somewhat smarter. But as Jack Black and Michael Cera stagger through antiquity, everything slides to the same level: exceedingly low.
June 11, 2009 In his latest movie — a brooding family drama set in Argentina — the Godfather director pays tribute to great bygone European filmmakers. Plotwise it's predictable, but stylistically it's dazzling.
June 4, 2009 This bad-boy comedy works backward from the morning after a Vegas stag party — but runs out of laughs before it's reconstructed the things its protagonists shouldn't have done the night before.
June 4, 2009 The tale of a secret arms factory, now the site of upscale condos, is a virtuoso look at Jia Zhangke's rapidly modernizing homeland, capturing huge changes both economical and psychological. (Recommended)
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.
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