May 4, 2012 When a devout mother is nominated for Catholic Woman of the Year, she engages in morally questionable activities to hide her less-than-perfect family. Critic Ian Buckwalter says the film's well-intentioned, sentimental approach undercuts an otherwise emotional family drama.
May 3, 2012 Another entry in the "kids doing great things" documentary subgenre follows ballet dancers at the Youth America Grand Prix. NPR's Linda Holmes says the movie is simple and lovely, even if its stories are somewhat familiar.
May 3, 2012 A pack of cash-poor British elders ships out for India in hopes of one last stab at self-renewal in a supposedly glam hotel. Critic Ella Taylor says the ensemble comedy is likable enough, even when it wears its latent colonial instincts on its sleeve.
May 3, 2012 A volatile, imaginative 15-year-old uses comic-book art to cope with his cancer diagnosis. Critic Andrew Lapin says Death of a Superhero manages to turn the grimmest of grim subjects into something charming, raunchy and improbably uplifting.
May 3, 2012 A documentary following water activists including Erin Brockovich focuses on industrial and agricultural pollution and the drying of the Southwest. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film has a weakness for cutesy touches, but serves as a decent introduction to water issues in the United States.
May 3, 2012 Marvel superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and more band together to save the world. NPR's Bob Mondello says the Joss Whedon-directed genre flick is enjoyably zingy, delivering zippy banter, fun effects and spectacular battle scenes.
May 3, 2012 In Joss Whedon's The Avengers, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and Captain America unite in what, on the basis of advance ticket sales, promises to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer. Critic David Edelstein says the movie's a blast — and one that will let fanboys geek thoroughly out.
April 27, 2012 A smooth corporate headhunter who moonlights as a high-end art thief runs afoul of the wrong mark. NPR's Bob Mondello says the grisly, humorous and altogether fascinating Norwegian thriller boasts thorough storytelling worthy of Hitchcock. (Recommended)
April 27, 2012 Richard Linklater directs a dark comedy based on the true story of an East Texas man (Jack Black) beloved by his small-town community — even after he confesses to killing one of its aging members. Critic Jeannette Catsoulis says the film and Black's performance are delights to behold. (Recommended)
April 27, 2012 The romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement reunites writer-director Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel, who made Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets together. This time, Segel and Emily Blunt play a couple whose relationship is tested by a major relocation.
April 27, 2012 Jason Segel and Emily Blunt play a couple who postpone their wedding when career pressures present obstacles. Critic Andrew Lapin says the film is a weird, endearingly messy movie about making sacrifices for someone you love — and the long-term consequences of those concessions. (Recommended)
April 26, 2012 The latest stop-motion animation feature from the studio best known for Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run follows an inept band of pirates who encounter Charles Darwin on the high seas. Critic Ian Buckwalter says it's a smart, adventure-driven comedy with all-ages appeal.
April 26, 2012 A journalist (Juliette Binoche) has an eye-opening experience when she profiles two university students who moonlight as prostitutes. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film's fragmented and revealing comparisons of the women's relative freedoms has contemporary relevance.
April 26, 2012 This documentary tracks the rise, fall and rebirth of the kibbutz movement that helped shape the fledgling state of Israel. Critic Ella Taylor says the film is a sympathetic but probing account of the collective communities. (Recommended)