March 14, 2013 There's a clever premise and some promising performances buried in this comedy-magic misfire. But those winning aspects are ultimately ruined by a mean-spirited movie that's too cruel for kids and too dull for most adults.
March 7, 2013 Director Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills has echoes of his earlier (and best-known) drama, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. Here he's telling a tale of autocratic religion in a bleak Romanian backwater.
February 28, 2013 A surprising flip of Cold War submarine thrillers, Phantom shows what the Soviets might have been thinking as they battled their American foes. It's unfortunate that the American-produced film that results is such a soggy mess.
February 21, 2013 The stark Chinese drama 11 Flowers meditates on the universal experiences of childhood even as it details the bizarre specifics of growing up during Mao's Cultural Revolution. The acquisition of a new white shirt changes a young boy as the revolution draws to a close. (Recommended)
February 14, 2013 Legendary Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami turns to the neon sprawl of Tokyo for Like Someone in Love, where his actors find some gentle insight. But the expat director retains something of the air of a wide-eyed tourist, which isn't always to the film's credit.
February 7, 2013 Short on thrills but chock full of dazzling CGI wizardry, the mythical Sorcerer and the White Snake is a centuries-old Chinese story of demon-human love gone wrong.
February 7, 2013 Steven Soderbergh has said Side Effects will be his final film. But the talented director has turned in a stylish but silly thriller — a sad closing chapter for a notable career.
January 31, 2013 Adapted from a French graphic novel and outfitted with an ethnically diverse cast, this New Orleans-set crime thriller centers on a hit man (Sylvester Stallone) who finds himself in an uneasy alliance with a detective (Sung Kang).
January 22, 2013 The third feature by director Moussa Toure, the danger-at-sea drama distinguishes itself with richly authentic detail and a deep understanding of West African culture.
January 17, 2013 Director Bruno Dumont is an odd fit in the modern cinematic landscape, but that doesn't take away from the singular beauty of his new film.
January 17, 2013 The neo-noir Broken City may be coolly stylish, but its too-neat resolution makes you wonder what's been lost in the edit bay.
January 10, 2013 Barry Battles' The Baytown Outlaws aims at criminal comedy, and the film's joyous mashup of traditional crime and modern music makes for one splashy trip down along the Gulf Coast.
January 3, 2013 Michael Apted's longitudinal-documentary series gets its eighth installment in 56 Up, which once again profiles a range of Britons from various socioeconomic backgrounds. Critic Mark Jenkins says there are some fascinating updates, if fewer surprises.
December 27, 2012 West of Memphis treads well-worn ground: the story of three teenagers wrongly accused of murdering children in 1993. Critic Mark Jenkins says the detective story woven by this documentary is a welcome addition to the coverage. (Recommended)
December 20, 2012 Sopranos creator David Chase takes a shot at the big screen with Not Fade Away, which follows a young musician who dreams of breaking into the '60s rock scene. Critic Mark Jenkins says the plot is overstuffed and unfocused, and the staid sensibility is wrong for the material.