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.
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.
February 7, 2013 The Holocaust film is increasingly common, but films and novels telling the stories of German World War II survivors are still relatively rare — making Lore a welcome addition to the cinematic canon of postwar German narratives. (Recommended)
January 24, 2013 From Israel's most beloved pop filmmaker comes a tender, joyous pleasure of a movie about love blooming in the wake of loss.
January 10, 2013 Struck by Lightning is an all-too-familiar teen movie, with Glee star Chris Colfer as a small-town high-schooler struggling to make the grade — though Rebel Wilson adds zest to the film as his eager literary minion.
January 10, 2013 Forced to move back home with his family after a messy breakup, Reuben (Nicolas Maury) must come to terms with both his mother (Carmen Maura) and his French- Jewish roots.
December 18, 2012 Michael Haneke's Amour follows an elderly couple as the wife's (Emmanuelle Riva) health deteriorates. Critic Ella Taylor says the film gives candid, heart-wrenching insight into a struggle that many if not most of us will face: watching someone you love fade away in front of you. (Recommended)
December 13, 2012 Any Day Now, set against the backdrop of the 1970s, tells the story of a gay couple's fight to adopt a neglected boy with Down syndrome. Director Travis Fine's film lacks technical polish, but critic Ella Taylor says the story's heart makes up for most of its faults.
December 13, 2012 Lizzy Caplan stars in the romantic comedy Save the Date, which despite a solid supporting performance from Alison Brie, is too dull to be a star vehicle for an outstanding actress whose body of work hasn't brought her the limelight she deserves.