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.
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.