November 15, 2012 Joe Wright's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel Anna Karenina is both visually stunning and lacquered with a thick coat of theatricality. Critic Ella Taylor says a lackluster performance by Keira Knightley is balanced by a fully committed performance by Jude Law as Anna's husband.
November 15, 2012 David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook refuses to pretty up the topic of mental illness. The film, which stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, follows a teacher on the upside of a breakdown. Critic Stephanie Zacharek says the cast makes an extraordinary plot entirely believable.
November 15, 2012 Todd Kellstein's documentary follows two 8-year-old Muay Thai boxers, providing insight into the lives of Thailand's 30,000 child fighters. Critic Mark Jenkins says the adults surrounding them — and the film itself — take an apathetic view of the issue.
November 15, 2012 James Bond and The Rolling Stones both turn 50 this year. As critic John Powers points out, both may have been born in response to a dying British Empire, but their evolving legacies have reflected the times through which these brands have lived.
November 9, 2012 Two of the year's most highly anticipated movies arrive this week. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and Skyfall, the third film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond 007, directed by American Beauty Oscar-winner Sam Mendes. Film critic David Edelstein has this review of both.
November 8, 2012 Photographer James Balog set up dozens of cameras around the world, hoping to compile a visual record of glacier melt. Jeff Orlowski's documentary is a striking chronicle of the results. (Recommended)
November 8, 2012 This year's foreign-film Oscar entry from Denmark is visually stunning and thematically timely; as critic Ella Taylor explains, the film shows that the road to autocracy is often paved with betrayal, scandal and gamesmanship. (Recommended)
November 8, 2012 Three separate narratives place three women named Anne in the same Korean beach town, where she'll face many of the same thematic issues. As Sam Stander explains, the film serves as a delightfully disorienting case study in human interaction. (Recommended)
November 8, 2012 Sean Baker's Starlet is a kind of Harold and Maude for a new generation. Critic Scott Tobias says the film's central relationship — a friendship between a young porn star and an octogenarian — is charming, perplexing and thoroughly true to life. (Recommended)
November 8, 2012 With an eye on an international audience, this Shanghai-set adaptation of the 18th-century French novel focuses most of its energy on being visually appealing. Critic Mark Jenkins says the setting of the film isn't entirely justified — but it does serve as a glossily seductive distraction.
November 8, 2012 Steven Spielberg's biographical drama portrays the 16th president of the United States as a conflicted leader not above twisting arms and exploiting the system to get the right thing done.
November 8, 2012 Film's most iconic superspy is back in his 23rd movie, Skyfall, and the franchise's 50th-anniversary release doesn't disappoint, says NPR's Bob Mondello: With director Sam Mendes' sleek vision and a superb supporting cast, Skyfall may be one of the best Bond films to date. (Recommended)
November 1, 2012 Writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes tries to bring something new to a drama about infidelity and secrets within a marriage. Joel Arnold says that by taking tropes to their extremes, The Details is able to do just that.
November 1, 2012 The veteran director teams up with the producers of the Paranormal Activity films for a found-footage thriller that breathes new life into the genre. Critic Jeanette Catsoulis says The Bay successfully plunges its audience into a world of suspense not too dissimilar from our own.
November 1, 2012 Wreck-It Ralph, from the creative forces at Disney-Pixar, constructs a multidimensional behind-the-scenes world of arcade games. Critic Scott Tobias says the misfit characters are the perfect vehicles for the message that even the biggest of "wrecks" can find a place to fit in. (Recommended)