August 28, 2012 Adapted from Matt Bondurant's fictionalized account of his vicious family history, Lawless has an overabundance of characters and subplots, says critic Stephanie Zacharek. Its violence is direct, but not its plot.
August 28, 2012 Filmmaker Mads Brugger went to the Central African Republic to document rampant corruption in the capital, flourishing the credentials of a Liberian diplomat to connect with government officials and angling to buy "blood diamonds" to smuggle out of the country.
August 24, 2012 Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a Manhattan bike messenger dodging a corrupt cop who wants a look at the package he's carrying. NPR's Bob Mondello says David Koepp's brisk actioner doesn't trouble itself with weighty themes — it's just a bona fide thrill ride.
August 24, 2012 Brazilian culture is often portrayed as either joyful folk tradition or brutal gang violence. But Kleber Mendonca Filho's Neighboring Sounds penetrates into the daily lives of suburban Brazilians — and critic John Powers says it may be the best Brazilian film since the '70s.
August 23, 2012 In Little White Lies, Guillaume Canet's follow-up to his arthouse thriller Tell No One, a group of romantically beleaguered friends takes its annual retreat together. Unsubtly indebted to The Big Chill, the movie leans heavily on cliche and nostalgia.
August 23, 2012 Written and co-directed by star Dax Shepard, Hit and Run taps into classic comedy conventions for its tale of a former getaway driver (Shepard) spiriting his girlfriend (real-life partner Kristen Bell) off to her big career break in Los Angeles.
August 23, 2012 Writer-director Kerry Prior's horror comedy centers on an undead Iraq vet who takes to vigilante justice to supply his hunger for flesh. Critic Scott Tobias says the anti-war sentiment is incisive, though the film is structurally flabby.
August 23, 2012 Comic Mike Birbiglia's autobiographical Sleepwalk with Me, adapted from his one-man show and novel, chronicles the exploits of a guy struggling with commitment, his career and an unusual sleepwalking affliction.
August 23, 2012 Frank Langella's sensitive portrayal of a geriatric career thief carries first-time director Jake Schreier's science-fiction story, which features a caretaker robot who becomes Frank's accomplice. Critic Ian Buckwalter says the film's serious themes dovetail well with its lighter antics.
August 23, 2012 The documentary Somewhere Between chronicles three years in the lives of four young American women, all adopted, all Chinese by birth. Critic Ella Taylor says the film is a warm-hearted vehicle that lets the teenagers speak for themselves.
August 21, 2012 Mads Matthiesen's Teddy Bear, starring real-life bodybuilder Kim Kold, mixes fairytale tropes and tender non-professional performances to tell the story of Dennis, a stunted mother's boy who flees home looking for love. He ventures to Thailand, where he finds kindred souls. (Recommended)
August 17, 2012 In Haifa in 1968, 16-year-old Arik is fascinated by World War II, which many of his elders lived through. He reluctantly enters the employ of Bride, a matchmaker with unusual methods, which leads Arik to both love and a better understanding of the horrors of the past.
August 16, 2012 Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner's new dramedy, expanded from a Sundance short, introduces troubled characters but refuses to follow through and make them deal believably with their demons.
August 16, 2012 Craig Zobel's new film is "inspired by true events," even if the extremes of human behavior it depicts can seem like exaggerations. Compliance allows the audience an omniscient perspective on an unconscionable hoax — and in doing so, it may offer a bit too much distance from the characters.
August 16, 2012 Beloved, Christophe Honore's second movie-musical venture, spans decades and encompasses the lives of a mother and daughter and their various paramours. The plot touches on serious issues, while the soundtrack co-opts British pop music, and the whole affair is enormous fun.