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 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 3, 2013 The latest movie take on the New American Family: Our kids are all right — or they would be, if all us idiosyncratic grownups stopped acting like stoked toddlers and got with the program. Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell anchor a cheerfully profane coming-of age dramedy.
June 27, 2013 Fans of Almodovar's lighter classics, like Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! may like the vibrant energy of I'm So Excited! — but critic Ella Taylor says some will miss the soul of his more complicated love letters to Hollywood's maternal melodramas.
June 20, 2013 Inspired by the seizure of several Danish vessels in the last decade, Tobias Lindholm's film is about the excruciating process of getting to "yes" when language is the least of the barriers between two very different mindsets.
June 14, 2013 An excellent documentary looks at Uganda's controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill — both its personal and political implications — through the story of activist David Kato. While emotionally crushing, the documentary is unmistakably a celebration of LGBT activists. (Recommended)
June 6, 2013 Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater, contemplates what he considers the "dirty" side of America's wars. But it's what he doesn't ask — or answer — in his documentary's 90-minute narrative that's really thought-provoking.
May 30, 2013 In this slightly batty new thriller, rising star Brit Marling plays a former FBI agent infiltrating an anarchist group. Will she give up her corporate ways? Will the eco-terrorists be able to eat their vegan meals while straitjacketed? Watch and see.
May 23, 2013 Rama Burshtein's ravishing family story is a love poem to life in an insular community — the ultra-Orthodox Hasidim of Tel Aviv, where the director lives. Studiously nonpolitical, it's a low-stakes story with the emotional punch of high drama. (Recommended)
May 16, 2013 The indie darling returns in a winning collaboration with Noah Baumbach that tracks her developmentally arrested dancer heroine through the transition from protracted adolescence to reluctant adulthood. (Recommended)
May 16, 2013 Jeff L. Lieberman's documentary explores the story of 30,000 Nigerians who claim a Jewish heritage dating back centuries — and who have carved out a singular culture amid the post-colonial turmoil that still affects their country.
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)