October 20, 2011 A disenchanted priest takes a sabbatical, embarking on canoeing trip with an ex-heavy metal guitarist once engaged to his sister. They're joined by two young Asian women who call themselves Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. And then things gets weird.
October 13, 2011 A local homicide cop (Avatar's Sam Worthington) and his ex-New Yorker partner (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) track a killer in a moody thriller inspired by true events. With Chloe Grace Moretz and Jessica Chastain.
September 29, 2011 Funnywoman Anna Faris is Ally Darling, looking for answers about why she's burned through so many men without finding the marrying kind. The actress's all-out, offbeat tomfoolery helps add spark to an otherwise ordinary hard-R comedy.
September 23, 2011 Former members of the Kashmere High School Stage Band, known for embracing jazz and blues while their peers exhausted '40s big band, honor their eminent 92-year-old music teacher, Conrad O. Johnson, as the man who gave their lives rhythm and soul.
September 1, 2011 A French thriller crosses corporate ruthlessness with personal revenge as a long-suffering second banana (Ludivine Sagnier) plots to get back at the boss (Kristin Scott Thomas) who has betrayed her once too often.
August 23, 2011 An eye-opening documentary from Korean filmmaker Park Bong-Nam follows Bangladeshi ship-breakers who do hazardous work for $2 a day in one of the poorest regions in the world. What the fly-on-the-wall movie lacks in context it makes up for in the amazing resilience it finds on-site.
August 18, 2011 Once more unto the remake breach with an empty-headed, overcooked swipe at the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger camp classic. Actors and filmmakers alike exert only the smallest possible effort to churn out an action epic, leaving the movie's reason for existence as murky as its 3-D effects.
August 10, 2011 German artist Anselm Kiefer has a fascinating history, but Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, a new documentary about his latest installation, dispenses with any such context. Instead, director Sophie Fiennes focuses on atmosphere and observation, creating a film more perplexing than illuminating.
July 29, 2011 Director Kevin Macdonald and his team sifted through more than 4,500 hours of amateur video to produce his globe-spanning documentary Life in a Day. Critic Scott Tobias says the film's poignant moments get lost in a sea of disconnected and decontextualized footage.
July 14, 2011 A colossal fig stands in for a young girl's dead father in an Australian melodrama. Director Julie Bertuccelli attempts a bold metaphor, but once the tree's symbolism takes root, it dominates the entire story to an uncomfortable degree.
July 7, 2011 For his first movie in nearly a decade, John Carpenter has churned out a generic, halfhearted shocker concerning a mentally questionable young woman who sees ghosts. The lack of style and energy from a onetime master of the horror genre is more alarming than anything dished out onscreen.
June 30, 2011 A pajama-clad, disaffected high school student learns how to engage the world with the help of his assistant principal. What could have been yet another Sundance trifle about a gawky, eccentric teenager takes on surprising heart thanks to director Azazel Jacobs. (Recommended)
June 28, 2011 For his third cars 'n' bots noisemaker, Michael Bay hews to the same formula: shiny, industrial-grade space junk thrown at the screen in no discernible order. As expensive explosions blot the sky, the film plods along mirthlessly, the gas guzzler of the multiplex.
June 23, 2011 In yet another comedy about a kid-hating misanthrope in a youth-oriented profession, Cameron Diaz plays the bully with too much comic zeal. Under Jake Kasdan, the film is cheerfully vulgar, but it gets higher marks when it's not going for shock value.