David Edelstein David Edelstein is a film critic for New York magazine and for NPR's Fresh Air, and an occasional commentator on film for CBS Sunday Morning.

Tom Hardy plays the title character in the British film Locke — in which a man's life unravels in the course of a solo drive from Birmingham to London. He's the only person the audience sees in this film, written and directed by Steven Knight. A24 hide caption

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In 'Locke,' A Man's Life Unravels En Route To London

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In Under The Skin, Scarlett Johansson plays an alien who adopts an English accent and cruises Scotland enticing hitchhikers into a darkened building. Film4 hide caption

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Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics

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In 'Noah,' Earth And The Bible Get A Computer-Generated Reboot

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Felicity Gilbert, Shia LaBeouf and Stacy Martin in one of the episodic flashbacks that spin out the story of Nymphomaniac: Volume I. Christian Geisnaes/Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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'Nymphomaniac': Chasing Sex, But Only On Her Terms

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Ralph Fiennes plays Gustave H., a hotel concierge given to bedding his elderly guests, in Wes Anderson's latest film. Bob Yeoman/Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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'Grand Budapest Hotel': Kitsch, Cameos And A Gloriously Stylized Europe

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Liam Neeson's Action Chops Take Flight In 'Non-Stop'

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In the film, which Miyazaki says is his last, the wind carries off the parasol of a fragile girl, Nahoko, into the hands of Jiro — who will fall in love with her. Studio Ghibli/Nibariki hide caption

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'Wind Rises' Is Exquisite, And Likely To Be Hayao Miyazaki's Last

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Critic David Edelstein says that The Monuments Men has "an all-star cast" — including Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett — but that "the stars are all low-wattage." Claudette Barius/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Masterpieces In Peril, 'Monuments Men' Protects, But Also Panders

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Middle-Aged And Divorced, 'Gloria' Takes On Life's Uncertainties

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Chris Pine and Keira Knightley anchor Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, opposite Kevin Costner as a CIA veteran and Kenneth Branagh as the story's big bad. Larry Horricks/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Jack Ryan Gets A Makeover, And A Quick Trip To Moscow

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'Invisible Woman' Charts Charles Dickens' Hidden Relationship

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In the sci-fi romance Her, a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) finds love in a rather unexpected place — with a computer operating system named Samantha. Warner Bros. hide caption

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A Man And His Machine, Finding Out What Love Is

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A '70s con-artist couple (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) are forced to team up with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper, right) in American Hustle, inspired by a real-life sting targeting corrupt politicians. Francois Duhamel/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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A 'Hustle' With Flow (And Plenty Of Flair)

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In the Coen brothers' latest film, down and out Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is trying to make ends meet as a folk singer in New York in the early 1960s. Alison Rosa/Long Strange Trip/CBS Films hide caption

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Great Soundtrack Aside, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Hits A Sour Note

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After 20 years in captivity, Joe (Josh Brolin) is released into the world with a hammer and an appetite for revenge in Oldboy, a Spike Lee remake of the 2003 South Korean film. Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/FilmDistrict hide caption

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A Korean Cult Thriller Gets A Spike Lee Makeover

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