July 18, 2013 A new Kristen Wiig vehicle is a likable but warmed-over comedy about reconnecting with the whack-job family you thought was holding you back. Critic Ella Taylor says Wiig's characterization of the title character is a whit too familiar to be much of a win.
July 18, 2013 Blackfish is a polemical documentary structured like the "psychological thriller" its distributor markets it as — an impassioned argument that marine mammals like the orca Tilikum are tragically ill-served by their treatment at SeaWorld and other theme parks.
July 18, 2013 Mumblecore purveyor Andrew Bujalski dives into the world of early computer nerddom with Computer Chess, a quirky, grungy, formally playful comedy about man vs. machine — with a late-breaking twist. (Recommended)
July 18, 2013 The comedian's routines tackle some of the really serious problems she has: OCD, bipolar disorder, suicidal thoughts. But you have to laugh, because she's that funny. Bamford talks to Fresh Air's Terry Gross about her parents and her Web-only programs.
July 16, 2013 More than 200 novels, the Star Wars' book series spans 25,000 years, from the beginning of the Jedi Order to 40 years beyond where the original trilogy left off. According to The Wall Street Journal's Alexandra Alter, the books help keep fans interested between movies.
July 12, 2013 Michael Cera anchors Sebastian Silva's off-kilter road-trip drama, playing a disagreeable American at loose ends in Chile. Gaby Hoffmann is the free spirit whose influence may change him for the better — if he's willing. (Recommended)
July 12, 2013 An indie drama chronicles the real-life story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, shot by San Francisco transit police in a New Year's Eve incident that shocked the nation. The film doesn't offer any shatteringly new observations on the case itself — though the story is plenty shattering enough on its own. (Recommended)
July 12, 2013 The feature film Fruitvale Station opens Friday in select markets, including the San Francisco Bay area. That's where the subject of the film, Oscar Grant, 22 and unarmed, was shot and killed by a transit police officer in 2009 — sparking violent street protests across Oakland.
July 12, 2013 Finally, a summer event movie that feels like summer! Critic Ian Buckwalter says Guillermo del Toro gets the balance of high stakes and sly humor just right in Pacific Rim, his big-budget homage to the kaiju stories that brought us Godzilla and his ilk.