October 27, 2011 In this spy thriller, a retired CIA operative (Richard Gere) teams up with a rookie FBI agent (Topher Grace) to investigate the brutal killing of a U.S. senator who had business ties to Russia.
October 20, 2011 Elizabeth Olsen is spellbindingly mercurial as a paranoid young woman struggling to reconnect with her family after leaving an abusive cult. (Recommended)
October 13, 2011 A full-on family brawl is the kind of fodder that makes for a good time at the movies, at least when all the elements are in place. Critic Ella Taylor reports that despite its A-list cast, Dennis Lee's high-octane melodrama doesn't quite catch fire.
September 29, 2011 An acerbic and controversial documentarian whose former subjects include Heidi Fleiss and Courtney Love turns his camera on the onetime vice-presidential candidate — and comes away with a portrait of a thin-skinned, divisive personality unable to tolerate dissent. (Recommended)
September 23, 2011 Two men (Tom Cullen and Chris New) meet at a nightclub one Friday and spend the next 48 hours together, falling fractiously and perhaps ill-fatedly in love.
September 16, 2011 A Boston woman juggles marriage, children and a high-stress job. Critic Ella Taylor says it's a lazy mess made worse by bad choices — starting with the casting of Sarah Jessica Parker as a hard-charging, high-powered investment banker.
September 8, 2011 An intimate documentary follows U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan — and then home again to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, profiling the hometown and the families who'll help them bear the cost of war.
August 31, 2011 A classy cast and a sober premise drive John Madden's thriller about three Mossad agents coping with the fallout from a long-ago mission — but the movie's feverish plotting and sullen overacting deplete all efforts at gravitas.
August 25, 2011 Harry Markopolos, a former securities analyst who blew the whistle on Bernie Madoff's infamous Ponzi scheme, gets the hero treatment in a new documentary that goes heavy on the smoke and mirrors. A film about the Madoff scandal doesn't need to inject artificial drama to be exciting.
August 18, 2011 A radiant Anne Hathaway has a one-night stand with obnoxious lothario Jim Sturgess in college, and the film revisits their characters one day a year for the following two decades. It's an absorbing but ultimately inconsequential journey.
August 9, 2011 Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel about race relations in Mississippi is adapted to the screen, where her subtle prose is turned into hackneyed moralizing. Despite the talents of Emma Stone and Viola Davis, The Help strands its cast in a superficial portrait of the civil rights-era Deep South.
July 21, 2011 Director Mike Cahill has mounted an audaciously overstuffed debut about an astrophysicist who dreams of jumping ship to a newly discovered planet. Part sci-fi and part melodrama, the otherworldly story is grounded by Brit Marling's sensitive performance. (Recommended)
July 14, 2011 A village girl sets out on a journey to find her infected mother in Oliver Schmitz's heavy-handed melodrama. But with inadequately fleshed-out characters and an incomplete depiction of societal struggles against HIV, Life, Above All fails in its effort to shed light on a serious issue.
July 7, 2011 A controversial attempt to teach a chimpanzee sign language in the 1970s spiraled out of control as the animal experienced abandonment and neglect. James Marsh lays it on a bit too thick in his documentary, but the story is gripping enough to hold its own. (Recommended)
June 30, 2011 A laid-off salesman goes to school in a recession-themed tale about pluck triumphing over economic reality. Writer-director-star Tom Hanks goes for both silliness and schmaltz, but like the unemployed masses, his dramedy is littered with unused talent.