November 21, 2013 Director and photojournalist Shaul Schwarz's documentary Narco Cultura charts the pop-culture influence of Mexico's drug cartels through the lens of an investigator trying to stop them, and a musician who writes songs glorifying them.
November 14, 2013 Faust, which won the top prize at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, offers a singularly visionary take on the classic tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil. It's the final installment in a "men of power" tetralogy from the director of Russian Ark.
November 7, 2013 Based on the 2004 novel of the same title, How I Live Now follows a teenager living in the English countryside, trying to survive and find her family after martial law is declared. Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), the film stars Saoirse Ronan.
October 31, 2013 Keanu Reeves directs and stars in the tale of a tai chi master (Tiger Hu Chen) who competes in an underground fight-club ring. Filmed in Hong Kong, Beijing and Macau, Man of Tai Chi is a creditable Asian-style action film from one of the genre's notable Hollywood fans.
October 24, 2013 Documentarian Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) follows a group of young revolutionaries living and protesting in Egypt during the past two tumultuous years in that strife-torn country.
October 17, 2013 A drama from Dreamgirls director Bill Condon chronicles the rise of the transparency-advocacy group, focusing on the relationship between founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and a top lieutenant (Daniel Bruhl). Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci and Anthony Mackie also star.
October 10, 2013 In this fictionalized account of famed punk club CBGB's heyday, Alan Rickman plays owner Hilly Kristal alongside a slate of stars filling in for the various musicians who performed there.
October 3, 2013 A Touch of Sin, from director Jia Zhangke, is a beautiful if graphic take on life amid the corruptions of an economically booming China. Winner of the best screenplay award at Cannes, the film has four interlocking plots — all based on true stories. (Recommended)
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.