October 25, 2012 The first directing credit for Josh Schwartz, creator of The O.C., is not a typical 'tween comedy. Critic Stephanie Zacharek says the film and its charming cast have just enough fun and good nature to be enjoyed by kids and their parents alike.
October 19, 2012 Writer Mark O'Brien spent most of his life in an iron lung. He was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, and now his story is told again in the semi-fictionalized feature The Sessions. Critic David Edelstein reviews the story of how one man lost his virginity — and found out how to love.
October 18, 2012 The French dramedy focuses on the challenges of aging in uncertain times. Critic Joel Arnold says warm performances from Jane Fonda and Pierre Richard imbue the film with both playfulness and rue.
October 18, 2012 Denis Cote's quiet nature documentary does a lot of looking, with long, deliberate shots of animals and humans in a Canadian zoo. Sam Stander says the film's placid approach serves to explore the anxieties of spectatorship.
October 18, 2012 Carrie Preston's comedy That's What She Said, which stars Anne Heche, Marcia DeBonis and Alia Shawkat, aims to depict friendship between women. Critic Stephanie Zacharek says the film's stab at Sex and the City-style candor comes off as absurdity instead.
October 18, 2012 Stephen Fung's steampunk kung fu action film Tai Chi Zero is every bit as playful as it is stylized. The plot, involving a fight against industrial expansion, is nothing new, but critic Mark Jenkins says it's a story purposefully told.
October 18, 2012 Ry Russo-Young and Girls creator Lena Dunham paint a mortifying picture of infidelity and emotional impulse control; Olivia Thirlby and John Krasinski anchor a cast of perfectly imperfect characters who show that the awkwardness of desire can linger long into adulthood.
October 18, 2012 The Sessions is based on the story of Mark O'Brien, a disabled man who used a sex surrogate to achieve intimacy for the first time. Director Ben Lewin's own experience with a disabling disease informs a sensitive look at the issues at hand. (Recommended)
October 18, 2012 In the latest outing for James Patterson's detective hero, Alex Cross reintroduces the titular character in the body of Tyler Perry. Critic Mark Jenkins says it's an odd hybrid of the goofy and the gruesome.
October 16, 2012 French director Leos Carax's first full-length feature in 10 years proclaims its love for the movies by dismantling the very elements that make them familiar. As critic Stephanie Zacharek explains, the less you know about conventional narrative cinema, the better the film is. (Recommended)
October 12, 2012 Ben Affleck's Argo, which is based on the declassified story of the CIA's mission to save six American diplomats trapped in Iran in 1979, is gripping, compelling and, at times, hilarious. But, as critic David Edelstein explains, the best parts of the "true" story are the parts that aren't true at all.
October 11, 2012 Eric Lartigau's French psychological drama follows an aspiring photographer who assumes another man's identity. While the plot may lend itself to the tropes of a thriller, critic Mark Jenkins says it is more focused on the quiet, internal mechanisms of the protagonist's mind.
October 11, 2012 James Ponsoldt's drama depicts the subtleties of a young alcoholic's struggle to regain control of her life. Critic Scott Tobias says Mary Elizabeth Winstead's performance shows that the path to recovery can be almost as painful as alcoholism itself.
October 11, 2012 Despite its gifted cast, which includes Bridesmaids favorite Chris O'Dowd and Party Down star Lizzy Caplan, 3, 2, 1 ... Frankie Go Boom is anything but dynamic. Critic Joel Arnold says the nasty tone of the script saps its comedic potential.
October 11, 2012 Documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee tries to bridge a gap between himself and his son by revisiting their past relationship — along with his own life as a young photographer in France. Critic Ian Buckwalter says the filmmaker's intimate work is often "the stuff of quiet revelation."