September 27, 2012 An all-star cast, a veteran director and writers with proven comic chops serve up tired laughs and a grating lead character in Hotel Transylvania. Critic Ian Buckwalter wants the animated comedy staked through the heart.
September 27, 2012 Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis star as the present and future versions of a skilled assassin in Rian Johnson's mind-bending thriller. Critic Jeannette Catsoulis says the film's offbeat performances and stylized nihilism make up for the plot holes left in most time-travel stories.
September 27, 2012 Rian Johnson's action-thriller can't dodge the frustrating elements of most time-travel tales, but the film's characters, performances and stylization add up to an experience that critic David Edelstein believes is the right amount of happy and tragic.
September 26, 2012 Writer-director Daniel Barnz aims to convey the idealism of a community fighting for its children's education. Critic Ella Taylor believes that the film is better described as a propaganda piece focused more on pointing fingers than offering believable solutions.
September 21, 2012 Writer-director Stephen Chbosky brings his 1999 young adult novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower to the screen. Critic David Edelstein says the result may be better than the book — a project that communicates the trials of high school in a way that is both painful and elating.
September 20, 2012 Writer-director David Ayer's foray into the world of the LAPD is just the latest in an oversaturated genre. But critic Stephanie Zacharek says End of Watch is one of a kind — and so artful in its artifice, that it almost fools you into believing that it's reality.
September 20, 2012 Pete Travis' new take on the British comic does justice to the story of post-apocalyptic Mega-City One and its all-powerful lawmen, the Judges. As critic Joel Arnold explains, Dredd succeeds where its 1995 predecessor didn't — by taking bold risks. (Recommended)
September 20, 2012 Writer-director Stephen Chbosky adapts his 1999 novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, into a film about loss, friendship and sexuality. Critic Mark Jenkins says that the film conveys the realization that being an outcast doesn't mean being alone.
September 20, 2012 David France's meticulous documentary chronicles the anti-AIDS movement ACT UP, profiling the activists who forced the government and the medical establishment to respond. (Recommended)
September 20, 2012 Inspired by a real-life "pregnancy pact" story, writer-directors Delphine and Muriel Coulin explore the idea that all teens share a desire for control, but have trouble imagining outcomes and consequences.
September 20, 2012 Robert Lorenz's directorial debut, Trouble with the Curve, pits new against old on the most American of battlegrounds: the baseball field. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film's unfussy sensibility does justice to its exploration of family, purpose and love of the game.
September 19, 2012 Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's new documentary Knuckleball! follows major leaguers R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield, members of a small fraternity of pitchers confident about throwing the quirky pitch.
September 14, 2012 Many comparisons have been made between Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master and the history of Scientology. But, as David Edelstein explains, the challenge of balancing the search for surrogate family with American individualism dominates the film. (Recommended)
September 13, 2012 Melanie Shatzky and Brian M. Cassidy use their experiences with the intimacy of documentary filmmaking to delve into the largely silent life of their title character. Critic Ian Buckwalter says Melissa Leo's subtle performance beautifully portrays a woman in helpless free fall.