September 26, 2013 A rich documentary looks at an Alabama town where a host of classic R&B tracks were laid down. Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Clarence Carter, Etta James and many more musical legends appear to help tell the story. (Recommended)
September 26, 2013 In Inequality for All, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich takes on the income disparity that's been on the rise in America since the Great Recession. The film is inspired by Reich's book Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future.
September 19, 2013 In Zaytoun, director Eran Riklis tells the story of an Israeli pilot and a Palestinian boy who form an unlikely bond as they work together to get from a crash site to Israel.
September 12, 2013 A spirited Saudi Arabian girl (Waad Mohammed) enters a Quran-chanting competition to raise money to buy the bike she craves in Wadjda, from Haifaa Al Mansour, the country's first female director. (Recommended)
September 5, 2013 Set in 1958, this French comedy is about a young woman (Deborah Francois) who's average in every way but two: her looks and her typing speed. It's the latter quality that excites her new boss (Romain Duris), who enters her in international competitions.
August 27, 2013 Critic Mark Jenkins reviews a quirky double-bill of animal documentaries. One pairs a visual poem about urban crows in Japan with a travelogue following the daily perambulations of a cat living with a German couple in an American suburb.
August 20, 2013 When her mother is abducted by a demon, a teen (Lily Collins) learns that she comes from a line of Shadowhunters, who defend the world from supernatural beasties. Directed by Harold Zwart (the latest Karate Kid) it's the first film in a planned franchise based on Cassandra Clare's novels.
August 15, 2013 In their approaches to history, Jobs and Lee Daniels' The Butler could hardly be less similar. Yet the two movies have much in common — just nothing terribly exciting.
August 8, 2013 A film biography of the adult-film star, who personified a new '70s-era sexual ease but later disavowed her career and the husband who engineered it, tries to be fair about its namesake's two lives — and ends up feeling indecisive.
August 1, 2013 The stars pair up for a swaggeringly macho story of undercover agents on the trail of a drug lord and at odds with one another. At its best, the film offers a certain fun-on-the-run energy — but its best ultimately isn't much to speak of.
August 1, 2013 Earth-side specialists patch together footage of a failed mission to a Jovian moon to understand what went horribly wrong. Critic Mark Jenkins says Europa Report is commendably committed to technological plausibility — but nonetheless pretty silly in the end.
July 25, 2013 Veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To dives into a story about a mainland drug war. Using a variety of languages and vantage points, To creates an eye-opening and surprisingly pointed commentary on the Chinese criminal justice system. (Recommended)
July 11, 2013 Grown Ups 2, the latest from Hollywood's simmeringly hostile man-child, is a series of riffs, skits and sight gags without much — aside from a low-comedy fascination with excreta and flatulence — to string them together.
July 2, 2013 For many, the entry point into Big Star's legacy is the opening theme song of That '70s Show. But long before Ashton Kutcher met Mila Kunis, a cult-favorite Memphis band struggled to make it big — and some of its members died trying.
July 2, 2013 Michael Winterbottom's newest film may be tamer than his earlier 9 Songs, but there's no shortage of suggestive scenes to go around. It's a biodrama about the onetime richest man in Britain and three women — wife, daughter, lover — who shape his career.