June 20, 2013 Director Franck Khalfoun pushes us to empathize with — or at least consider — the perspective of a serial killer in Maniac, a slasher reboot shot almost exclusively from the murderer's POV.
June 20, 2013 Inspired by the seizure of several Danish vessels in the last decade, Tobias Lindholm's film is about the excruciating process of getting to "yes" when language is the least of the barriers between two very different mindsets.
June 14, 2013 An excellent documentary looks at Uganda's controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill — both its personal and political implications — through the story of activist David Kato. While emotionally crushing, the documentary is unmistakably a celebration of LGBT activists. (Recommended)
June 14, 2013 Set in an Italian movie-sound lab circa the '70s, Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio takes audiences into an unsettling world where life imitates art — and the difference between reality and nightmare becomes increasingly difficult to discern. (Recommended)
June 14, 2013 Sandwiched into Joss Whedon's busy schedule of TV series and big-screen features was an unexpected low-budget adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing — shot in black and white. Film critic David Edelstein says it's a delight. (Recommended)
June 14, 2013 As with many of Sofia Coppola's films, it's the quiet mundanity of The Bling Ring that really hits home. Based on a Vanity Fair article, the story follows a group of privileged but troubled teens as they rob the homes of various Hollywood A-listers.
June 13, 2013 More Than Honey is an expansive journey of a documentary — ranging from California to China — on a topic whose implications are even more far-reaching: the rapid disappearance of bees, or "colony collapse." Filmmaker Markus Imhoof looks at our global dependence on the threatened insects.
June 13, 2013 Director Zack Snyder doubles down on the sci-fi DNA of America's definitive superhero, but his Man of Steel never quite becomes the inspirational saga some fans may have been expecting.
June 6, 2013 Alain Resnais' latest film, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, is a surprisingly lighthearted — if disorienting — take on two Jean Anouilh plays, Eurydice and Dear Antoine: Or, the Love That Failed.
June 6, 2013 Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater, contemplates what he considers the "dirty" side of America's wars. But it's what he doesn't ask — or answer — in his documentary's 90-minute narrative that's really thought-provoking.
June 6, 2013 Director James DeMonaco (Little New York) turns in a nail-biter featuring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. Set in an orderly future where citizens enjoy one lawless, annual 12-hour "purge," the film flops as social comment — but sure keeps you on the edge of your seat.
May 31, 2013 The East is a romantic activist outlaw fantasy in which Brit Marling plays an agent who poses as a radical activist to catch an eco-terrorist group. It's one of those melodramas in which someone on the morally wrong side has a spasm of conscience and maybe crosses over. Maybe.
May 30, 2013 A new gang caper film — populated by the likes of Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Caine — makes promises it can't deliver. An FBI agent and and Interpol detective chase thieving magicians called the Four Horsemen, but a portentous tone and redundancy outweigh the action and flash.