June 14, 2012 In his debut feature, writer-director Mathieu Demy, son of filmmakers Jacques Demy and Agnes Varda, stars as a man trying to settle his recently deceased mother's affairs. Critic Mark Jenkins says that Americano's plot occasionally falters, but as a mood piece it gets the tone just right.
June 7, 2012 A lush costume drama based on the Guy de Maupassant novel chronicles the adventures of a broodingly beautiful young man (Robert Pattinson) who uses the women of Paris to climb to the pinnacle of power.
June 7, 2012 Two of Earth's most unspoiled rivers are targeted for a hydroelectric project in Chile's fabled Patagonia region. Brian Lilla's documentary interrogates whether the project's upside is worth the risks — and illustrates the stakes for the gauchos who live and work in the rivers' valleys.
May 31, 2012 A documentary on "breast-cancer culture" critiques the pink-ribbon movement, questioning its corporate links and its dubious results record. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film is unapologetically provocative, yet far from a definitive take.
May 24, 2012 The second film directed by Joachim Trier (Reprise) follows a self-destructive writer released from rehab for a day in Oslo. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film is a meditative look at one man seeking connection while considering ending it all.
May 24, 2012 Based on a true story, a popular award-winning French film follows the therapeutic relationship between a quadriplegic aristocrat and his ex-con caretaker. Critic Mark Jenkins says The Intouchables is likable, but airbrushes the sociocultural conflicts inherent in its material.
May 17, 2012 Based on actual cases, the documentary-style drama follows officers of Paris' Child Protection Unit through successes and failures and the ambiguity in between. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film features a virtuoso ensemble cast and is both humane and disturbing. (Recommended)
May 10, 2012 When the body of a Marilyn Monroe-look-alike is found after an apparent suicide in a sleepy French town, a Paris-based mystery novelist decides to investigate. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film is a smart if outlandish whodunit.
May 10, 2012 In the second feature by Lebanese writer-director-star Nadine Labaki (Caramel), Christian and Muslim women in a Lebanese village try to keep the more impulsive and belligerent men from conflict. Critic Mark Jenkins says the well-meaning fable is ultimately more admirable than persuasive.
May 3, 2012 A documentary following water activists including Erin Brockovich focuses on industrial and agricultural pollution and the drying of the Southwest. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film has a weakness for cutesy touches, but serves as a decent introduction to water issues in the United States.
April 26, 2012 A journalist (Juliette Binoche) has an eye-opening experience when she profiles two university students who moonlight as prostitutes. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film's fragmented and revealing comparisons of the women's relative freedoms has contemporary relevance.
April 26, 2012 Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal adapts a Margaret Atwood essay on the themes of debt — and revenge — on a global scale. Critic Mark Jenkins says the intriguing but scattershot film explores the incompatibility of two worldviews: corporate-financial vs. environmental-spiritual.
April 19, 2012 A lighthearted Disneynature documentary aimed at kids follows an orphaned chimp who is adopted by an older male. Critic Mark Jenkins says the Tim Allen-narrated film, even as a kids' movie, anthropomorphizes its animal subjects too much.
April 19, 2012 A documentary profiles the lives of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico, exploring how each culture shapes its sex industry. Critic Mark Jenkins says the movie aspires to an observational style, but the filmmakers' tactics may undermine the film's neutrality and the audience's trust.
April 12, 2012 A couple grows apart as they take different approaches to getting older — the husband (William Hurt) in denial and the wife (Isabella Rossellini) overeagerly adapting to their imminent 60s. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film seems muddled at times, but still earns some laughs and gentle smiles.