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.
April 12, 2012 Set during the 1973 military coup that ousted Chile's president and installed Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, the film follows a loner working in a hospital morgue. Critic Mark Jenkins says the dark drama about political and romantic desperation gains its strength from understatement.
April 5, 2012 When a newly elected pope insists he can't take the job, the Vatican scrambles to keep up appearances while reassuring its wavering pontiff. Critic Mark Jenkins says Italian director Nanni Moretti's film is a half-sweet, half-rueful existential drama in which satire is secondary. (Recommended)
April 5, 2012 Citing experts in ecology, economics and astrophysics, this documentary on environmental degradation delves into the question, "When does human advancement become more harmful than helpful?" Critic Mark Jenkins says the film's answers are unfocused — but provocative.
March 29, 2012 In a near future where human cloning is possible, a woman grieving the loss of her soul mate gives birth to his clone and raises him — with complications — as her son. Critic Mark Jenkins says despite the movie's provocative premise, the film is more melancholy than erotic.
March 22, 2012 An Indonesian SWAT team fights its way through a tenement to bust a drug lab. Critic Mark Jenkins says Gareth Evans' balletic choreography and masterful storytelling make this the most dynamic Asian action film since the '90s films of John Woo. (Recommended)
March 16, 2012 A documentary filmed by an American living in Japan chronicles the immediate aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film doesn't reach for emotional complexity, but its well-meaning, sentimental approach fits its subject matter.
March 8, 2012 A new documentary follows Jiro Ono, regarded by many as the world's greatest sushi chef, and his three-star Michelin-rated restaurant in Tokyo. Critic Mark Jenkins says the meticulous film about work, family and ritual is a treat for sushi lovers.
March 8, 2012 The lives of two Talmudic scholars — one an embittered philologist, the other his more affable son — are changed when the father wins the prestigious Israel Prize. Critic Mark Jenkins says the academic drama carries the weight and pathos of an epic. (Recommended)
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)