August 29, 2013 A desperate former race car driver (Ethan Hawke) follows a stranger's enigmatic instructions in hopes of rescuing his kidnapped wife. A young computer hacker (Selena Gomez) is in the Mustang's passenger seat. Courtney Solomon (The Haunting) directed.
August 29, 2013 The British-American actress co-stars opposite Eric Bana in the surveillance-state thriller Closed Circuit. She joins NPR's Robert Siegel to talk about playing a barrister, working with her celebrated Shakespearean father and being inspired by her opera-singer mom.
August 28, 2013 Two former lovers find themselves on an accused terrorist's legal team in a surveillance-state thriller that goes a little too far to be credible — at least, that is, if it's really meant as a caution against the excesses of a security-obsessed Establishment.
August 28, 2013 After college, director Destin Daniel Cretton took a job at a short-term care facility for at-risk teenagers. His time there became the basis for Short Term 12, a film that took two awards at this year's South by Southwest Festival. (Recommended)
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 25, 2013 At a California facility, troubled teens are counseled by young adults who haven't entirely overcome their own adolescent traumas. Writer-director Destin Cretton drew on his experiences working with residents ordered to stay just a year. Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr. star in Short Term 12.
August 23, 2013 Two critics dissect the latest geek farce from actor-writers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead). It's named for a pub where middle-aged pals try to relive adolescent adventures. But then total annihilation looms. Regular Pegg/Frost collaborator Edgar Wright directed.
August 23, 2013 The life story of Ip Man, Bruce Lee's late martial arts teacher, has been a popular subject in Chinese-language films and television. The kung fu master has been the focus of five films in the past five years, including The Grandmaster, which opens in select U.S. theaters on Friday.
August 22, 2013 To the names Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale, add Ben Affleck. Warner Bros. says Affleck will be the next big name Hollywood star to play the role of Batman on the big screen. He'll star in the still untitled movie expected to be released in the summer of 2015.