March 1, 2012 In a follow-up to Italian director Gianni Di Gregorio's 2008 Mid-August Lunch, an aging Roman retiree (Di Gregorio) attempts to revive a flagging love life. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film captures Rome with warmth and its beleaguered protagonist's desires with imagination.
February 23, 2012 The goofy, near-silent farce by a trio of neo-vaudevillian writer-director-actors follows a sad-sack hotel desk clerk who falls in love with a wily, wish-promising fairy. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film's classic sense of comedy rewards viewers in ways large and small.
February 16, 2012 A quiet Austrian pedophile keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film from German director Markus Schleinzer achieves some subtlety but can't wrest itself from tipping toward melodrama.
February 9, 2012 In Hungarian director Bela Tarr's latest (and possibly last) film, a man and a woman in a barren landscape go about their routines as the world unravels. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film oppresses relentlessly, but Tarr presents a vision that is absolute, singular — and compelling. (Recommended)
February 2, 2012 If you're green-minded, you'd welcome a wind farm near your community, right? Laura Israel's documentary suggests the answer may not be as simple as that.
January 26, 2012 Renowned British architect Norman Foster, known for grand modernist structures in international locales, gets the star treatment in a new documentary. Critic Mark Jenkins says a character as controversial as Foster deserves a less reverent look.
January 19, 2012 Director Chad Freidrichs traces the history and experiences of residents of St. Louis' infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing project. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film plays well as a farewell, but sidesteps important questions about Pruitt-Igoe's legacy.
January 13, 2012 This documentary follows noted game designer Richard Garriott — aka Lord British — whose father was a NASA astronaut, on his own journey to the International Space Station.
January 12, 2012 Manhattanites seeking safety from a catastrophic attack struggle for survival and supremacy in this grisly, nihilistic thriller. Critic Mark Jenkins says the characters' too-quick descent into violence mirrors the movie's own senselessness.
January 5, 2012 Director Tran Anh Hung (The Scent of Green Papaya) adapts a classic novel by Haruki Murakami — a story of romance and remembrance in late-'60s Tokyo. (Recommended)
December 30, 2011 Kids' movies — or movies that appeal to the kid in everyone — are the only reliable moneymakers for Hollywood these days. And everybody's doing them: Freaking Martin Scorsese! Spielberg made two! Critic Mark Jenkins explains — and complains.
December 28, 2011 A triple prizewinner at the Venice Film Festival, this documentary introduces a Mexican drug-war hit man who sits, masked, in a motel room and candidly details his trade.
December 23, 2011 Set during the Bosnian War, Angelina Jolie's directorial debut is about the strained relationship between a Serbian soldier (Goran Kostic) and a Bosnian captive.
December 20, 2011 David Fincher's English-language The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is less a reinterpretation than a reiteration — a classier, more expensive version of the lurid Swedish film that came before it.