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.
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.