March 31, 2013 Already the poster child for his country's so-called New Wave of filmmakers, the director takes another realistic dive into the post-Communist Eastern Bloc with Beyond the Hills. Though he hesitates to call it a straight metaphor, the symbolism of the film is uncanny.
March 29, 2013 There's a lot of strange in Quentin Dupieux's Wrong. Ostensibly, the latest film from the director of Rubber is about a quest for a beloved and missing canine, but with the bizarre twists and turns along the way, who can really tell what's going on?
March 29, 2013 A new documentary looks at obsessive fans of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror film The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. These fanatics look for hidden meanings in the movie, and while some of their theories sound outrageous, it's too simple to call such thinking deranged.
March 29, 2013 Best known as Harry Potter's cruel Muggle uncle, Griffiths also was an accomplished stage actor. Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry, says Griffiths' "encouragement, tutelage and humor" made him a joy to work with.
March 28, 2013 Sketched in tones as bright and gorgeous as those its namesake artist put to canvas, the gauzy biopic Renoir portrays the domestic disruptions — and the artistic reawakening — of the Impressionist master's final days.
March 28, 2013 A tribute to the Brothers Grimm, Hollywood's Golden Age and Spanish tradition all at once, Blancanieves is a rip-roaring Snow White-inspired melodrama in shimmering black and white. It's a kinky, dark-edged, bravura journey to cinema's distant early days.
March 28, 2013 This French-Canadian family comedy, about a surprisingly potent sperm donor and his sprawling clan of offspring, could easily have descended into cheap gags. But Starbuck is funny, fresh and even touching as it looks for gentle laughs in normally raunchy territory. (Recommended)
March 28, 2013 Silly and serious by turns, Rodney Ascher's documentary essay entertains nine theorists who seek to puzzle out secret meanings in Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece The Shining. Their ideas don't always hold up — but this fascinating film certainly does. (Recommended)
March 28, 2013 Topical and tough, the latest from Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance is a self-conscious drama that seems to long for a healthy dose of old-school movie macho. The story of a retired circus performer and the cop who tails him stretches across generations — but the audience might not be willing to wait that long.
March 28, 2013 There's a talented group of actors running around in the Australian comedy Mental. But generalized manic mayhem cedes focus to the story of one slightly unsound family — which quickly escalates into one terribly messy movie.