September 26, 2013 With upwards of 650 movies out in an average year, there's no way NPR's critics are gonna write full-on reviews of everything we see. Herewith, short takes on two that didn't quite make the cut: a David Sedaris story turned into a quirky indie, and the sequel to an animated smash.
September 26, 2013 We Are What We Are, based on a 2010 Mexican horror hit, relocates the original's story of a separatist cannibal clan from the slums of Mexico City to a rural town in the Catskills. Directed by Jim Mickle, the remake may actually improve on the original. (Recommended)
September 26, 2013 A rich documentary looks at an Alabama town where a host of classic R&B tracks were laid down. Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Clarence Carter, Etta James and many more musical legends appear to help tell the story. (Recommended)
September 26, 2013 The film, a romantic drama from Israeli director Michael Mayer, follows two men, one an Israeli lawyer and the other a Palestinian student, as they fall in love and subsequently become entangled in their region's conflict.
September 26, 2013 In Inequality for All, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich takes on the income disparity that's been on the rise in America since the Great Recession. The film is inspired by Reich's book Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future.
September 20, 2013 The late actor stars opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the new comedy about a divorced TV archivist who falls in love with a divorced masseuse. David Edelstein praises Louis-Dreyfus' farcical timing, as well Gandolfini's ability to change his rhythm and demeanor.
September 20, 2013 Ron Howard's high-octane biographical drama turns on the legendary rivalry of two Formula One drivers from '70s. Daniel Bruhl, Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde star in the film, in which racing action ultimately takes a back seat to character-driven drama. (Recommended)
September 19, 2013 Three interwoven stories about the everyday struggles of addiction and recovery make up Stuart Blumberg's Thanks for Sharing. Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Gwyneth Paltrow star.
September 19, 2013 In the gritty and graphic A Single Shot, a man accidentally kills a woman while hunting and becomes entangled with a group of criminals. Directed by David M. Rosenthal, the film stars Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright and William H. Macy.
September 19, 2013 In Enough Said, a divorced empty-nester mom takes a second run at romance with a seemingly perfect man. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini — who died in June — star in this baby boomer romance from writer-director Nicole Holofcener.
September 19, 2013 In Zaytoun, director Eran Riklis tells the story of an Israeli pilot and a Palestinian boy who form an unlikely bond as they work together to get from a crash site to Israel.
September 19, 2013 In a thriller from Incendies director Denis Villeneuve, two young girls go missing, and a father goes to extreme lengths in their attempted rescue. Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Terrence Howard star.
September 13, 2013 Inspired by the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks, Blue Caprice focuses on the two killers as one manipulates the other into mass murder. The film is less historical document, more mediation on how evil can be — carefully — taught. (Recommended)