October 18, 2012 Ry Russo-Young and Girls creator Lena Dunham paint a mortifying picture of infidelity and emotional impulse control; Olivia Thirlby and John Krasinski anchor a cast of perfectly imperfect characters who show that the awkwardness of desire can linger long into adulthood.
October 18, 2012 Stephen Fung's steampunk kung fu action film Tai Chi Zero is every bit as playful as it is stylized. The plot, involving a fight against industrial expansion, is nothing new, but critic Mark Jenkins says it's a story purposefully told.
October 18, 2012 Carrie Preston's comedy That's What She Said, which stars Anne Heche, Marcia DeBonis and Alia Shawkat, aims to depict friendship between women. Critic Stephanie Zacharek says the film's stab at Sex and the City-style candor comes off as absurdity instead.
October 18, 2012 Denis Cote's quiet nature documentary does a lot of looking, with long, deliberate shots of animals and humans in a Canadian zoo. Sam Stander says the film's placid approach serves to explore the anxieties of spectatorship.
October 17, 2012 In a clip from the new documentary Brooklyn Castle, a young chess player's mother introduces her family, while the kid himself explains that he's hoping that his future will offer opportunities beyond what his relatives have experienced.
October 17, 2012 Twenty-five years ago this week, Hollywood was offering two very different visions of women at work. One suggested menace, one heroism. Both were fantasies.
October 16, 2012 French director Leos Carax's first full-length feature in 10 years proclaims its love for the movies by dismantling the very elements that make them familiar. As critic Stephanie Zacharek explains, the less you know about conventional narrative cinema, the better the film is. (Recommended)
October 16, 2012 A new DVD celebrates the kids' sketch show You Can't Do That On Television. But can a documentary work without looking directly at its subject?
October 16, 2012 Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham have very different positions in American comedy, but a conversation on Sundance's Iconoclasts series uncovers some similarities in how they go about it.
October 16, 2012 Pop culture, like real life, plays around a lot with the term "best friend." But now and then, it gets the not-romantic intimacy of close friendships exactly right.
October 16, 2012 Denzel Washington's new awards-bait movie from director Robert Zemeckis has an intriguing trailer. But it's a little tough to actually figure out what sort of a film it is.
October 15, 2012 Actor John Hawkes has played plenty of unusual characters, but the physical demands of his latest role required ingenuity and pain management. He speaks with All Things Considered about the difficulty of playing a character who is paralyzed from the neck down.
October 15, 2012 You may think you don't know the work of artist Wayne White, but if you watched videos or Pee-Wee's Playhouse, you probably do. In a new documentary, he talks about creativity and being a tough fit for the art world.