August 15, 2013 The only virtues of this lumbering farce are those of the much livelier novel from which it's adapted. Critic Ella Taylor says an affectionate needle in the side of the Jane Austen industry — and the hordes of Darcy-mad Americans it caters to — has become a clunky, tone-deaf broadside.
August 15, 2013 In their approaches to history, Jobs and Lee Daniels' The Butler could hardly be less similar. Yet the two movies have much in common — just nothing terribly exciting.
August 8, 2013 David Gordon Green fuses oddball comedy and carefully observed drama in an intimate character study featuring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as two roadworkers at large in the Texas wilderness, where a more figurative exploration is also underway — of what it really means to be alone. (Recommended)
August 8, 2013 What are you left with when you peel away all the cheerful elements of the rom-com genre? I Give It a Year — a semi-serious story about two newlyweds slogging through their first year of marriage.
August 8, 2013 Documentarian Tinatin Gurchiani takes audiences to her home country, a former Soviet republic, with a series of youth portraits that resonate individually, but don't quite add up to a coherent picture of a society.
August 8, 2013 A film biography of the adult-film star, who personified a new '70s-era sexual ease but later disavowed her career and the husband who engineered it, tries to be fair about its namesake's two lives — and ends up feeling indecisive.
August 7, 2013 The writer-director of District 9 returns with Elysium, a dystopian sci-fi/action story with Matt Damon as the hardscrabble hero. Jodie Foster plays the severely chic Big Bad in a saga where the rich live a literally out-of-this-world life above a dying Planet Earth.
August 6, 2013 Perseus "Percy" Jackson, the dyslexic New York City-born son of Poseidon, returns for a second round of mythologically inspired mayhem in Sea of Monsters. Critic Ella Taylor says Rick Riordan's young-readers franchise makes for perfectly enjoyable summer-film fodder. (Recommended)
August 2, 2013 Inspired by a real-life Belgian tragedy, Our Children centers on a manipulative father who has made his family prisoners to a kind of domineering benevolence. (Recommended)
August 2, 2013 From the writers of 500 Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now examines the not-so-spectacular markers of teenhood: the awkwardness and anxiety that everyone must endure. Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller are the two lovers at the forefront of this story based on a novel by Tim Tharp.
August 1, 2013 Paul Schrader, Lindsay Lohan and earnest adult-film star James Deen turn in a puzzlingly inert commentary on the emptiness of modern-day Tinseltown.
August 1, 2013 The stars pair up for a swaggeringly macho story of undercover agents on the trail of a drug lord and at odds with one another. At its best, the film offers a certain fun-on-the-run energy — but its best ultimately isn't much to speak of.
August 1, 2013 With sparse dialogue, uneven pacing and nothing much new to say, The Artist and the Model is ultimately an empty study of the art-making process.
August 1, 2013 Earth-side specialists patch together footage of a failed mission to a Jovian moon to understand what went horribly wrong. Critic Mark Jenkins says Europa Report is commendably committed to technological plausibility — but nonetheless pretty silly in the end.