September 21, 2012 Writer-director Stephen Chbosky brings his 1999 young adult novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower to the screen. Critic David Edelstein says the result may be better than the book — a project that communicates the trials of high school in a way that is both painful and elating.
September 20, 2012 Writer-director David Ayer's foray into the world of the LAPD is just the latest in an oversaturated genre. But critic Stephanie Zacharek says End of Watch is one of a kind — and so artful in its artifice, that it almost fools you into believing that it's reality.
September 20, 2012 Pete Travis' new take on the British comic does justice to the story of post-apocalyptic Mega-City One and its all-powerful lawmen, the Judges. As critic Joel Arnold explains, Dredd succeeds where its 1995 predecessor didn't — by taking bold risks. (Recommended)
September 20, 2012 Writer-director Stephen Chbosky adapts his 1999 novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, into a film about loss, friendship and sexuality. Critic Mark Jenkins says that the film conveys the realization that being an outcast doesn't mean being alone.
September 20, 2012 David France's meticulous documentary chronicles the anti-AIDS movement ACT UP, profiling the activists who forced the government and the medical establishment to respond. (Recommended)
September 20, 2012 Inspired by a real-life "pregnancy pact" story, writer-directors Delphine and Muriel Coulin explore the idea that all teens share a desire for control, but have trouble imagining outcomes and consequences.
September 20, 2012 Robert Lorenz's directorial debut, Trouble with the Curve, pits new against old on the most American of battlegrounds: the baseball field. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film's unfussy sensibility does justice to its exploration of family, purpose and love of the game.
September 19, 2012 Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's new documentary Knuckleball! follows major leaguers R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield, members of a small fraternity of pitchers confident about throwing the quirky pitch.
September 14, 2012 Many comparisons have been made between Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master and the history of Scientology. But, as David Edelstein explains, the challenge of balancing the search for surrogate family with American individualism dominates the film. (Recommended)
September 13, 2012 Melanie Shatzky and Brian M. Cassidy use their experiences with the intimacy of documentary filmmaking to delve into the largely silent life of their title character. Critic Ian Buckwalter says Melissa Leo's subtle performance beautifully portrays a woman in helpless free fall.
September 13, 2012 The differences between Simon West and Nicolas Cage's latest collaboration and Pierre Morel's 2008 film Taken prove nearly impossible to find. Critic Stephanie Zacharek says the primary contrast may be Stolen's lack of originality.
September 13, 2012 The second acting-directing-writing effort from How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor explores the relationship between an aimless 35-year-old and an artsy college student (Elizabeth Olsen). Critic Mark Jenkins says the relationship is vexing and mildly painful at best.
September 13, 2012 Paul Thomas Anderson's film offers a study of the American psyche and the search for meaning after World War II. NPR critic Ella Taylor says the film, which draws inspiration in part from the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, will not be easily forgotten by its audience. (Recommended)
September 13, 2012 Nicholas Jarecki's directorial debut takes an "appealingly adult" view of New York's elite, according to NPR critic Jeannette Catsoulis. Hedge fund manager Robert Miller (Richard Gere) struggles to maintain his composure when a tragic car accident threatens his gilded life. (Recommended)
September 9, 2012 The documentary How To Make Money Selling Drugs talks about just that — though it also takes a tour through current drug policy and the costs of addiction.