July 12, 2013 Finally, a summer event movie that feels like summer! Critic Ian Buckwalter says Guillermo del Toro gets the balance of high stakes and sly humor just right in Pacific Rim, his big-budget homage to the kaiju stories that brought us Godzilla and his ilk.
July 11, 2013 Privacy? You don't have any. And Terms and Conditions May Apply argues that you pretty much agreed it should be that way. Cullen Hoback's documentary outlines how the rise of digital culture — and our cheerful participation in it — have spelled an end to the notion of "that's personal."
July 11, 2013 Grown Ups 2, the latest from Hollywood's simmeringly hostile man-child, is a series of riffs, skits and sight gags without much — aside from a low-comedy fascination with excreta and flatulence — to string them together.
July 11, 2013 Argentine movies can come knee-deep in grit, but director Matias Piñeiro tackles heady themes with a surprisingly casual attitude in Viola — a Shakespeare-inspired romance in which each deep emotion is paired with a shrug of the shoulders and a cheeky smile. (Recommended)
July 4, 2013 A far cry from the usual amped-up extreme-sports film, Lucy Walker's The Crash Reel follows snowboarder Kevin Pearce from devastating wipeout through debilitating brain injury and protracted recovery — fitting his struggle into a larger consideration of sports-related injury. (Recommended)
July 3, 2013 Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean director, Gore Verbinski, have already made one Western: The animated film Rango. So with The Lone Ranger, they were looking to do something a little different. Critic Bob Mondello says you can say that again.
July 3, 2013 The latest movie take on the New American Family: Our kids are all right — or they would be, if all us idiosyncratic grownups stopped acting like stoked toddlers and got with the program. Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell anchor a cheerfully profane coming-of age dramedy.
July 2, 2013 For many, the entry point into Big Star's legacy is the opening theme song of That '70s Show. But long before Ashton Kutcher met Mila Kunis, a cult-favorite Memphis band struggled to make it big — and some of its members died trying.
July 2, 2013 Michael Winterbottom's newest film may be tamer than his earlier 9 Songs, but there's no shortage of suggestive scenes to go around. It's a biodrama about the onetime richest man in Britain and three women — wife, daughter, lover — who shape his career.
July 1, 2013 Director Kenneth Branagh has given us fresh Shakespeare and witty modern comedies of manners, and some years ago he turned to opera, with an adaptation of Mozart's classic set in World War I. It's finally available in the U.S., and critic Lloyd Schwartz says the results are disappointingly mixed.