February 23, 2012 In Hipsters, a musical fantasy set in the 1950s-era Soviet Union, a party loyalist falls in with the stilyagi, young people flouting Communist dogma by listening to jazz and dressing in bright colors. Critic Ella Taylor says the film exuberantly celebrates the power of sex and song. (Recommended)
February 16, 2012 In Barrow, Alaska, three young men get into a squabble over a girl — and for one of them, it goes badly wrong. Critic Ella Taylor says Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's debut feature tells a hopeful story without resorting to sentimental wallowing.
February 9, 2012 Poland's official Oscar entry is a Holocaust drama about a sewage worker who hides a small group of Jews from Nazi occupiers. Critic Ella Taylor says the movie depicts its grim subject with beauty — and a dose of reality. (Recommended)
February 2, 2012 Based on Thomas Rose's 1989 book, the film follows an Alaska town's real-life struggle to free whales from thickening ice that prevents their migration to a warmer climate. Critic Ella Taylor says the film, like many of its characters, is flawed but amiable.
January 26, 2012 A carefree French couple confronts helplessness and heartbreak when their newborn son is diagnosed with cancer. Critic Ella Taylor says the film's depiction of the couple's fraying relationship is realistic and arresting.
January 12, 2012 Fabio Barreto's adoring biography of Brazil's former president oozes good intentions — and wouldn't look out of place in a retrospective of early Soviet workerist cinema.
January 4, 2012 Turkey's Oscar contender is a deliberate police procedural that's awash in style. (Recommended)
December 29, 2011 In a vital first feature, director Dee Rees turns in a clear-eyed study of a largely unknown subculture — and one of the finest coming-of-age movies in years. (Recommended)
December 23, 2011 Glenn Close plays a quiet woman who takes on a man's identity in order to work and survive in 19th-century Ireland. (Recommended)
December 22, 2011 Two years after his father is killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, a 9-year-old boy finds a key that unlocks a family mystery.(Recommended)
December 20, 2011 With her steely turn as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Meryl Streep puts the cap on a year that stands out for a raft of movies in which strong women take life on their own terms.
December 8, 2011 A big-screen adaptation of John le Carre's classic espionage novel casts Gary Oldman as George Smiley, the spy called back from retirement to unearth a traitor in his own agency. (Recommended)
December 1, 2011 Filmmaker Cyril Tuschi turns in a muscular, visually arresting docu-thriller about the Russian oil billionaire brought low after Vladimir Putin's government charged him with tax fraud. (Recommended)
November 9, 2011 Hollywood returns again to the story of the FBI's first boss — this time in a Clint Eastwood biopic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, that like Hoover himself seems more than a little dry.
November 3, 2011 What happens when aging punk rockers become fathers? They go all gooey inside, just like regular guys. A surprisingly charming documentary sheds light on the challenges of making a family while keeping a punk-scene presence alive.