May 9, 2013 What's left to know about tennis's superstar sisters? Probably not much they'd be willing to share, given how eager the press has been to wedge them into ready-made narratives about race, celebrity or the daughters of a Svengali.
May 2, 2013 "There are no guarantees in life," intones a mournful adult in Susanne Bier's wan rom-com. Not in life, perhaps, but critic Ella Taylor says the outcome here is a lock from the word go.
April 25, 2013 Mira Nair's powerful, restrained adaptation of the best-selling novel arrives amid intense public debate about the alienation of immigrants in America.
April 23, 2013 A slow burn of a family drama with plenty of unexpected emotional twists, At Any Price takes indie director Ramin Bahrani to the Hollywood big leagues. Smart social commentary is well served by a star-studded cast and sharp dialogue. (Recommended)
April 18, 2013 It's an age-old tradition to include friends and neighbors in the stories we tell. But when those stories alter the course of those neighbors' lives, as they do in the French literary thriller In the House, the stakes can get troublingly high. (Recommended)
April 11, 2013 British director Ken Loach is known as a pioneering and regular analyst of his country's underclass. So The Angels' Share, a charming and mostly cheery misadventure with whiskey and madcap heists gone awry, is a surprise and welcome deviation from his righteous norm.
April 4, 2013 The cult classic My Dinner with Andre gets a sequel of sorts with the new documentary Andre Gregory: Before and After the Dinner. This talky, telling profile of the prickly theater director pulls no punches as it explores the life of the man behind the oft-parodied film.
April 4, 2013 The indie Jersey Shore drama aspires vaguely to thrillerdom, but the modestly scaled film is more misery-soaked modern fairy tale than true suspense flick. Creative direction, curious casting and dreamy set pieces give a largely predictable story a certain tang.
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 21, 2013 A new comedy starring Tina Fey and Lily Tomlin levies barbs at overactive parents in the college application process. It's a lively satire until it careens into typical rom-com territory: Can't modern women have a successful work-life balance without going insane?
March 14, 2013 The lives of the fragile young women featured in Sally Potter's new film, Ginger & Rosa, rang remarkably true to another child of the swinging London of the 1960s. But it wasn't all peace, free love and flowers, says film writer Ella Taylor.
March 7, 2013 Swiss director Baran Bo Odar's first feature, the eerie crime thriller The Silence, finds tension in the melodrama of the everyday. A terrible crime repeats itself, and the resulting quiet chaos rips apart a small German town with unsettling force. (Recommended)
February 28, 2013 You may not know all the words to the Jewish staple "Hava Nagila," but you probably know the tune. Roberta Grossman wants to show the unlikely origins of the global phenomenon in her charming documentary — and the result might surprise you. (Recommended)
February 21, 2013 Director Ruba Nadda's debut entry in the thriller field weaves a tale of a missing daughter, a worried father and a country on the brink of revolution.
February 14, 2013 The cheery, cheesy Shanghai Calling trots out familiar plot lines and retread characters in a made-for-TV-style pastiche. But it's an enjoyably familiar journey of American migration that embraces its globally minded audience with open arms.