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."
October 11, 2012 Simon and the Oaks is a Swedish drama with the Holocaust lurking in the background. Christophe Barratier's family film War of the Buttons plays out in Vichy France. Critic Ella Taylor considers two stories that acknowledge Nazi complicity but don't quite come to terms with it.
October 11, 2012 Martin McDonagh's first film since In Bruges is a whimsically brutal comic thriller with — to name just three — an Amish throat-slasher, a dynamite-packing Buddhist and a serial killer who's fond of white bunny rabbits.
October 11, 2012 Ben Affleck's new film chronicles the CIA's rescue of six U.S. Embassy workers held hostage during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Critic Bob Mondello says the fine balance struck between Argo's snappy script and heart-stopping thrills makes the film worthy of Oscar buzz. (Recommended)
October 5, 2012 Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel, Wuthering Heights, isn't the strait-laced take on 18th-century romance moviegoers may expect. Critic Jeannette Catsoulis says the film continually "attacks our very notion of what a costume drama should look like." (Recommended)
October 4, 2012 The world of competitive butter sculpting serves as the platform for a politically charged satire from Jim Field Smith. Critic Joel Arnold says that stellar performances from the film's ensemble cast, which includes Ty Burrell and Jennifer Garner, make for an excellently executed farce.
October 4, 2012 Ursula Meier's film about Swiss siblings trying to make ends meet explores themes seen in her earlier work. As critic Mark Jenkins explains, the performances in the film help deliver a portrait of the challenges facing those in poverty, struggling to survive while others live in excess.