October 4, 2012 The world of competitive butter sculpting serves as the platform for a politically charged satire from Jim Field Smith. Critic Joel Arnold says that stellar performances from the film's ensemble cast, which includes Ty Burrell and Jennifer Garner, make for an excellently executed farce.
October 4, 2012 Ursula Meier's film about Swiss siblings trying to make ends meet explores themes seen in her earlier work. As critic Mark Jenkins explains, the performances in the film help deliver a portrait of the challenges facing those in poverty, struggling to survive while others live in excess.
October 4, 2012 A swamp noir about a murder convict and the journalist who suspects he might not have committed the crime, Lee Daniels' film feels "spectacularly incompetent," says critic Scott Tobias.
October 4, 2012 Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In paints a contemporary portrait of the "war on drugs." Critic Mark Jenkins says the film excels at portraying the personal through firsthand accounts and commentary but leaves some questions untouched.
October 4, 2012 Julian Farino's dramedy The Oranges is another riff on the cataclysmic holiday weekend — but critic Ella Taylor says the film's ensemble cast and its lack of cynicism bring freshness to a genre that can feel as stale as a fruitcake. (Recommended)
October 4, 2012 With a plot as unoriginal as its title, Olivier Megaton's Taken 2 lacks many of the charms of its predecessor, critic Stephanie Zacharek says. While Liam Neeson once again gets to wallop Albanian baddies, the film demonstrates an utter lack of subtlety and finesse.
October 4, 2012 Tim Burton's feature-length retake on his 1984 short film reflects the director's signature style — but, says critic Stephanie Zacharek, the material may be better suited to a shorter form.
October 4, 2012 The first Star Wars movie came out 35 years ago, but a never-ending stream of cartoons, books and video games has kept the saga current. Even for little kids too young to have seen the film, Star Wars has turned into a permanent part of their entertainment mythology.
October 4, 2012 Junot Diaz's electric new collection of short stories centers around Yunior, a macho yet mournful Dominican-American man. In these stories about love, lust and infidelity, a good man is hard to find — and when he is found, he's always in bed with someone else.
October 4, 2012 Thursday night's Glee wisely puts the focus on the hard adjustment from high school to life.
October 4, 2012 Author Jasper Fforde is well known for his Thursday Next series of literary fantasies. Reviewer Petra Mayer says his first book for young adults may feel familiar to Thursday fans, but it's still an enjoyable mixture of magic, emotion, everyday absurdity, and the occasional illusory moose.