March 28, 2013 A tribute to the Brothers Grimm, Hollywood's Golden Age and Spanish tradition all at once, Blancanieves is a rip-roaring Snow White-inspired melodrama in shimmering black and white. It's a kinky, dark-edged, bravura journey to cinema's distant early days.
March 28, 2013 This French-Canadian family comedy, about a surprisingly potent sperm donor and his sprawling clan of offspring, could easily have descended into cheap gags. But Starbuck is funny, fresh and even touching as it looks for gentle laughs in normally raunchy territory. (Recommended)
March 28, 2013 Silly and serious by turns, Rodney Ascher's documentary essay entertains nine theorists who seek to puzzle out secret meanings in Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece The Shining. Their ideas don't always hold up — but this fascinating film certainly does. (Recommended)
March 28, 2013 The producers spent $135 million on 'splosions, 3-D effects, and ... oh, right, actors. But they might as well have used actual action figures in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, a stiffly ridiculous exercise in moving Hasbro merchandise.
March 28, 2013 There's a talented group of actors running around in the Australian comedy Mental. But generalized manic mayhem cedes focus to the story of one slightly unsound family — which quickly escalates into one terribly messy movie.
March 28, 2013 Topical and tough, the latest from Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance is a self-conscious drama that seems to long for a healthy dose of old-school movie macho. The story of a retired circus performer and the cop who tails him stretches across generations — but the audience might not be willing to wait that long.
March 28, 2013 Elliana Grace Hentoff-Killian grew up in the circus. She mastered her first circus act at 6, when she learned the Spanish web — an aerial act performed on a rope. Now, at 20, she is currently the world's youngest female human cannonball and is touring with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
March 28, 2013 A particularly meandering performance of "I Can't Help Myself" left a sour taste from Motown Night.
March 28, 2013 Also: Sheryl Sandberg's spokesperson reportedly lashes out at a critic; Sylvia Plath's children's book; and the Atlas Shrugged adaptation no one asked for.
March 28, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Kate Atkinson's new novel, Life After Life. It follows the multiple lives of Ursula Beresford Todd — born on a snowy night in 1910, in one life she dies immediately, but in others she grows and lives against the backdrop of a Britain descending into war.
March 27, 2013 With the Supreme Court hearing arguments this week on same-sex marriage, film critic Bob Mondello observes a parallel evolution in what he calls a Hollywood mini-genre: films in which gay characters are either taken to court or seek redress in court for issues involving their sexuality.