January 3, 2013 Michael Apted's longitudinal-documentary series gets its eighth installment in 56 Up, which once again profiles a range of Britons from various socioeconomic backgrounds. Critic Mark Jenkins says there are some fascinating updates, if fewer surprises.
December 27, 2012 West of Memphis treads well-worn ground: the story of three teenagers wrongly accused of murdering children in 1993. Critic Mark Jenkins says the detective story woven by this documentary is a welcome addition to the coverage. (Recommended)
December 27, 2012 Writer-director Miguel Gomes writes a love letter to old films in the Portugese film Tabu. A man's reminiscence about lost love, told by using film techniques of days past, lends itself to the charm critic Ian Buckwalter sees throughout the movie. (Recommended)
December 27, 2012 Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, explores the costs and benefits of natural gas extraction in rural Pennsylvania. Critic Jeannette Catsoulis says the plot takes a turn for the cliche, but the performances and style make up for it. (Recommended)
December 24, 2012 Tom Hooper's adaptation of the musical Les Miserables — itself an adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel — is solidly effective. Critic Ian Buckwalter says performances from Broadway veterans as well as non-singers deliver a range of interest and a breadth of talent.
December 24, 2012 Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained tells the story of a freed slave on a mission to save his wife. Critic Stephanie Zacharek says the dialogue and action — and performances from Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz — give the film an edge that could only come from Tarantino. (Recommended)
December 20, 2012 Sopranos creator David Chase takes a shot at the big screen with Not Fade Away, which follows a young musician who dreams of breaking into the '60s rock scene. Critic Mark Jenkins says the plot is overstuffed and unfocused, and the staid sensibility is wrong for the material.