February 2, 2012 A hotheaded ex-soldier with a troubled family life gets embroiled in a series of mysterious events when he accepts contracts to assassinate three strangers. Critic Scott Tobias says the unnerving film shows considerable brilliance — before it goes roaring off the rails.
January 19, 2012 Documentarian Frederick Wiseman trains his cinema-verite lens on Paris' famous cabaret. Critic Scott Tobias says the film is more than mere surveillance; it's art.
January 12, 2012 Director Baltasar Kormakur (101 Reykjavik) delivers a heist movie that's largely underwhelming — though its plot can be diverting once it finally ambles into motion.
December 28, 2011 It's been a great year for documentary films — and the best of the bunch succeeded because they challenged the norms of the form.
December 8, 2011 Filmed over the course of 12 years, Ian Palmer's documentary looks at the bare-knuckle boxing tradition of Ireland's Traveller minority, with particular attention to one longstanding family feud.
December 1, 2011 Takeshi Kitano returns to the gangster genre with this elaborately plotted tale about a gruesome grudge match among rival clans.
November 16, 2011 After a move to a new neighborhood, a short-haired 10-year-old decides on impulse to introduce herself as Michael — and thereby charts a surprising summer for herself and her new friends. (Recommended)
November 10, 2011 Like a Francophone version of The West Wing — but centered on real-life figures — this Gallic drama tracks President Nicolas Sarkozy as he maneuvers and manipulates his way to the top.
November 3, 2011 In a little-guys-get-theirs-back caper, Eddie Murphy's fast-talking crook recalls the rough-edged '80s performances that made him a star.
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.