August 16, 2012 From the studio that produced 2009's Coraline, ParaNorman is a fun, funny throwback to classic stop-motion animation. The movie staggers a bit under the weight of its many characters and plot twists, but the zombie-filled antics are held up by great character design.
August 16, 2012 The grunts fly as fast as the bullets, and if the heroes' joints are mostly creaky, The Expendables 2 is reasonably satisfying as an empty-headed actioner.
August 16, 2012 In David Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel, Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson plays a Wall Street billionaire — essentially a corporation-as-person. The movie is constructed as a series of dialogues, but what it lacks in drama it makes up for in incisiveness.
August 16, 2012 The creators of Persepolis return with a live-action fable about an Iranian violinist who wills himself to die — and the heartbreaks that drive him to it. (Recommended)
August 9, 2012 The Green Wave documents the protests that gripped Iran in 2009 and helped inspire the Arab Spring, only to fall victim to violent government crackdown. Critic Ella Taylor says the film overcomes a lack of traditional reporting to show Iran's brutal internal battle for democracy. (Recommended)
August 9, 2012 Julie Delpy's follow-up to 2007's 2 Days in Paris finds Marion (Delpy) living with a new boyfriend (Chris Rock) and their respective kids. Tensions mount when Marion's French family visits. The film is unruly and energetic, says critic Stephanie Zacharek, but that's a significant part of its charm.
August 9, 2012 Spike Lee's latest sets itself up as a descendant of his classic Do The Right Thing. It pits a young vegan atheist (Jules Brown) against his Baptist preacher grandfather (Clarke Peters) in Brooklyn. Critic Ian Buckwalter says that daring stylistic feats aside, the movie is clumsy and unfocused.
August 9, 2012 The Campaign stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as competing candidates in a congressional race. While the film aims to be a biting political satire, critic Scott Tobias says it draws little blood. In its more absurd moments, though, it provides big laughs.
August 9, 2012 The Bourne Legacy, the fourth film in the action franchise, connects back to previous installments but introduces a new hero, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner). Critic Mark Jenkins says surface changes don't alter the consistency between the films when it comes to style and plotting.
August 8, 2012 Meet the Fokkens profiles 70-year-old twin prostitutes in Amsterdam, where one is still working and the two are local fixtures. Critic Jeannette Catsoulis says the documentary does not deal much with the trade's darker side, but is a warmhearted portrait of two charming protagonists.
August 8, 2012 In Hope Springs, Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) seek out a couples therapist (Steve Carell) to try to rekindle the spark in their marriage. Critic David Edelstein says it's a post-reproductive chick flick for audiences who are no longer spring chickens.
August 7, 2012 A couple (Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones) attends a marriage retreat to see a counselor (Steve Carell) in Hope Springs. Critic Ian Buckwalter says this low-key romantic comedy lets scenes linger, allowing the actors to shine and the hard work of a long marriage to come through.
August 2, 2012 A local effort to stop construction on Donald Trump's luxury golf resort is the focus of Anthony Baxter's impassioned documentary You've Been Trumped. Critic Jeannette Catsoulis says the film could have dug deeper in its investigation but is saved by the virtue of its fight.
August 2, 2012 Sushi: The Global Catch looks at the environmental consequences of the food's growing popularity. Critic Joel Arnold says the film offers a one-sided argument, but does so compellingly. After watching, you might opt to rethink your order.
August 2, 2012 Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg play a couple who get divorced but remain close friends in Celeste and Jesse Forever. Critic Stephanie Zacharek says that, imperfections aside, the movie refreshingly shows the sadness of separation while refusing to see a "failed" marriage as only a failure.