September 6, 2013 Director Lynn Shelton (Humpday) reunites with Your Sister's Sister co-star Rosemarie DeWitt for the tale of a Seattle massage therapist who develops a sudden aversion to touching people. Josh Pais, Ellen Page and Allison Janney round out the cast.
September 5, 2013 Adapted by scripter Christopher Hampton from a Doris Lessing novella, the sand-and-surfy soap Adore centers on two Aussie friends (Robin Wright, Naomi Watts) who get into all kinds of trouble with each other's adolescent sons. Critic Ella Taylor says ... well, she pretty much says "Harrumph."
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 22, 2013 Co-workers in a Chicago brewery teeter on the edge of romance in this mumblecore-ish film starring Olivia Wilde (Thirteen from House M.D.). Even a trip to Costa Rica and copious amounts of beer can't animate a rambling plot.
August 18, 2013 The comedy Austenland rightly pokes fun at Americans' ideas about the British, says critic Ella Taylor. She says the line between high and low culture in England has always been a bit hazy.
August 15, 2013 The only virtues of this lumbering farce are those of the much livelier novel from which it's adapted. Critic Ella Taylor says an affectionate needle in the side of the Jane Austen industry — and the hordes of Darcy-mad Americans it caters to — has become a clunky, tone-deaf broadside.
August 8, 2013 What are you left with when you peel away all the cheerful elements of the rom-com genre? I Give It a Year — a semi-serious story about two newlyweds slogging through their first year of marriage.
August 6, 2013 Perseus "Percy" Jackson, the dyslexic New York City-born son of Poseidon, returns for a second round of mythologically inspired mayhem in Sea of Monsters. Critic Ella Taylor says Rick Riordan's young-readers franchise makes for perfectly enjoyable summer-film fodder. (Recommended)
August 2, 2013 Inspired by a real-life Belgian tragedy, Our Children centers on a manipulative father who has made his family prisoners to a kind of domineering benevolence. (Recommended)
July 30, 2013 Two documentarians remember a time when Jewish comics could count on the resorts of the Borscht Belt to provide a proving ground — and an informal curriculum — as they pushed to find a broad audience without abandoning their roots in vaudeville and Yiddish theater.
July 25, 2013 Emanuele Crialese, who made 2002's Respiro, is back with a timely entry from a genre of filmmaking that seemed to fizzle out after the mid-1950s. Terraferma, a loving study in neo-realism, is set off the coast of Italy and packed with ecstatic imagery. (Recommended)
July 25, 2013 Woody Allen's latest is a by-the-numbers number — though it may very well be redeemed by a dynamic Cate Blanchett as a damaged woman poised between stasis and hysteria.
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.