Pick of the Week
Gone, with one major exception, are the delicious hysterics of Almodóvar's earlier works; Talk to Her is a mostly restrained, though by no means unemotional, work about two men in love with comatose women.
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Five Oscar nominees, plus some extra treats.
Program A consists of the two longest doc shorts, and they’re among the best of the batch.
The collected films in Program B examine suffering from different angles
This live-action group is unified by a general desire to tug at the heartstrings.
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Shot in jittery black-and-white 16mm, this French film's on-the-fly aesthetic captures the shiftlessness of bourgeois youth and some of the spirit of the French New Wave.
It's the latest old TV show to be remade as a contemporary feature film and fares just about as well as the rest.
A dancer in New York returns home to India to see the teacher who taught her to dance and, ultimately, fight to save the school he built.
When three students go missing in a small Indian village, the investigation into their disappearance causes mayhem. In Hindi.
The story of Prabhakar Anand, a legendary educator, is told in this new Indian film.
Creepy Eastern European atmospherics encase this horror film, which nevertheless suffers from an anemic script.
Bollywood dance-competition sequel.
Let us count the ways this compilation of 26 short films gets its spook on.
Horror anthology does it down to the letter.
Twilight's Taylor Lautner makes his bid for solo action stardom.
Sexual perversity is released with gleeful abandon in this second film outing for Mamet's 40-year-old play.
Love Actually maestro wants to make you cry with this romantic dramedy.
See this year's five nominees and some additional animated shorts.
The Academy gets animated.
A rare opportunity to see what's considered the best in the field of short docs; plus all four nominees have a socio-political bent.
And the Oscar goes to … see the five nominees and judge for yourself.
Good things come in small packages.
A package of some of the most recent animated and live-action Oscar nominees.
A program of eight short films nominated for live-action and animated Academy Awards in 2004.
Accepted asserts that a college run by students might be better than its institutional alternative, but who wants education advice from the creators of such a witless, uninspired excuse for a college comedy?
A radio deejay returns home to India from a foreign trip to discover that his activist wife has died in an accident. But was it really an accident?
Julie Taymor takes the timelessness of the Beatles' music and yanks it earthward into a minefield of literalism.
Navy SEALs conduct a rescue mission in this film that employed actual soldiers and their experiences in its making.
This Bollywood film mixes science fiction and romantic comedy.
Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne co-star in this love story about a guy with Asperger's Syndrome and the girl who lives next door.
It’s an honest, refreshing comedy about love – gay, straight, or both – and is a date movie for all occasions and persuasions.
Pitting a skinhead against a priest, this Danish comedy, like most of that country's dramas, is dark, dark, dark.
This erotic thriller is based on the best-selling novel by Zane.
Natasha Lyonne and Judy Greer co-star as sisters in off-color comedy
Based on a Philip K. Dick story, this multilayered romantic thriller stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.
Tina Fey and Paul Rudd go rom-drahm, while Lily Tomlin runs circles around everyone.
Atom Egoyan returns ambitiously to form with this probing, if not always successful, drama that reveals his ongoing fascination with the subjective nature of truth.
After failing in enterprise, a man returns to his childhood home
Wonderfully fun, albeit markedly chaotic and incoherent, Buckaroo Banzai is one of those movies that has earned a strong cult reputation on the basis of its mile-a-minute cross-cultural references and pseudoscientific mumbo jumbo.
All Power wants is to be the best possible air drummer he can be.
In this groundbreaking silent film, Reininger employs cutout silhouettes filmed in front of hand-tinted backgrounds to tell animated stories from The Arabian Nights. The effect is like watching lace figurines.
A trio of “showgirls” – two drag queens and one transgender – venture out of tolerant, big-city Sydney and into the wilds of central Australia.
Mixing a touch of self-mockery with all its derring-do and romance, this Errol Flynn classic remains fun through the decades and is also marked by its ravishing color and score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Robert Rodriguez adds a dimension with this kids fantasy movie, but only in the most literal sense – 3-D.
Steven Spielberg brings Hergé's comic books to animated life.
Austin quintet, the Invincible Czars, debut a new score for this Soviet science-fiction propaganda film chock-full of Constructivist set design.
Its heart is in the right place, but Aeon Flux's head is just a little too high to make much sense.
In Afghanistan's version of American Idol, there's a lot more at stake than the glory.
Lions and cheetahs in the African savanna look lovely onscreen but are imbued with human emotions.
Often gorgeous, sometimes fascinating, this Smith-family outing is ultimately unwieldy and unsurprising.
This documentary raises staggering questions about virtually every aspect of the criminal-justice system as it follows what happens to several convicts who have been exonerated by DNA evidence submitted by the Innocence Project.
Opening this week in only 4 U.S. cities, this self-described psycho-thriller has selected Austin as one of the lucky few.
Possibly the ideal film to more or less ignore while lounging poolside and sipping Jamaican rum, After the Sunset is 100-proof pap.
After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, what's life like for the 4 remaining doctors who perform late-term abortions in this country?
Marcia Gay Harden stars as a lonely woman on vacation in an exotic locale
A woman creates a tempest in her domestic teapot when she invites a lap dancer to stay with her family.
Like a lot of sports movies, this biopic about boxing promoter Jackie Kallen is better than it has to be but not as good as it ought to be.
Frankie Muniz, playing the star agent of the CIA's kiddie corps, saves the day in London.
Bollywood tries to launch a James Bond-like franchise.
Bollywood action thriller.
Jonathan Demme's riveting documentary about slain Haitian populist and radio personality Jean Dominique.
Alison Klayman's doc is as much a rallying cry for freedom of expression as it is a portrait in progress of an artist whose career is ongoing.
Executed serial killer Aileen Wuornos leaves little doubt as to her sanity in this second Nick Broomfield documentary on the subject.
Bollywood takes on Jane Austen's Emma.
This new Bollywood film is a romantic comedy.
Eighteen-year-old Brit from an unhappy background re-invents himself as a member of the aristocracy. He's also working out his gay identity. And it's told in triptyches, too.
Chong cuts a hugely sympathetic figure in the story of his legal troubles after Operation Pipe Dreams, an anti-paraphernalia sweep that specifically targeted his bong business.
This story about a girl from the ghetto who wins the national spelling bee has lofty if sometimes unfulfilled goals, but is a rewarding tale nevertheless.
This animated science fiction based on a graphic novel set the modern standard of excellence for Japanese anime.
The film follows around comedian and politico Franken without managing to either inflame or inspire the viewer or add much new information to Franken's already well-documented history.
Bollywood takes on the famous fairy tale to create a family-oriented adventure fantasy.
In this round of historical revisionism there's not much to remember except, maybe, Davy Crockett becoming a fiddler on the roof.
Steve Coogan’s comical egomaniac Alan Partridge jumps from British television to the movie screen – with all of his smarm intact.
This melancholy picture is distinguished by Glenn Close's vanishing act in the titular role.
Stretching out of his Madea comfort zone to play James Patterson's FBI profiler is a courageous but misguided move on Tyler Perry’s part.
Based on the first of a series of youth adventure books by Anthony Horowitz, this film introduces the teenage spy to film audiences.
Oliver Stone has achieved the impossible: He's made the life of Alexander the Great seem boring.
This pleasant throwback to the live-action Disney films of yore provides brisk fun for all.
Jude Law's new Alfie is less tramp and more scamp: the modern metrosexual.
Unlike its televised predecessor, Ali G Indahouse just isn’t that funny.
Sadly, the mirth-to-muck ratio in Tim Burton's new film is deeply imbalanced.
Taking its cues from several classic 1950s sci-fi films, Alien Trespass is a deeply affectionate homage to the era when every kid on the block knew what "Klaatu borada nikto" meant.
An asinine grudge match between two of the most memorable Eighties-era screen bugaboos
A group of kids save their vacation home from extraterrestrials while keeping their clueless elders out of the loop.
Apocalyptic monster mash makes big crash.
Weaver's Lt. Ripley and H.R. Giger's brainchild face off in Fincher's beautifully shot sequel that goes nowhere.
A record 14 Oscar nominations for the cast and crew, this showbiz classic is as wicked and sophisticated as they come.
All About My Mother merges all of Almodóvar's noted preoccupations with women on the verge of nervous breakdowns, screwball melodramas, and flamboyant visual touches with a cohesive – and universal – story about the faces and roles we all adopt in public.
Sandra Bullock plays it kooky in this romantic comedy in which she stalks a CNN cameraman (Bradley Cooper) with whom she's smitten.
Movies this bad don’t often get released anymore, a circumstance that instantly raises the curiosity factor of All That I Need.
In this Bollywood film, comic events unfold in an effort to cover up an initial lie.
Despite an A-list cast and director, it's astonishing how bad this movie is.
Spirited doc traces the rise and fall of Tower Records
Bow Wow plays a National Guard soldier who goes AWOL in the early Nineties in this unfoused drama
A Belgian riff on the pitch-black legend of the Honeymoon Killers
Christina Ricci stars in this strained romantic comedy set in the world of renaissance festivals.
This sweet, amiable, and knowing coming-of-age tale is Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical boyz-to-men story about how he grew into the role of a rock & roll journalist in 1973.
Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy play an odd and estranged mother and son
Cameron Crowe parks this rom-com in Hawaii
There's a certain majesty to German director Boll's style of filmmaking: a freedom from art, talent, skill of any formal kind, and the sheer pigheadedness to keep going at any cost.
Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston date and become more than just friends.
This 3-D animated film is about two wolves trying to find their way back to their pack.
It’s a soggy true-crime drama – too serious to be trashy, too trashy to be serious.
In this uneasy blend of the extreme visuals of director Ken Russell and the bloated dramaturgy of writer Paddy Chayefsky (who disowned this adaptation of his novel), Hurt plays an agnostic psychophysiologist who’s willing to try anything to find life’s answers: sensory deprivation tanks, mushrooms, you name it.
What's it all about, Alvin? This by-the-numbers attempt at a chipmunk revival is not bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
We're wondering if anyone will call the ASPCA if we leave these animated rodents chipwrecked far from civilization.
Call the exterminator: The tuneful rodents are back
Alvin, Simon, and Theodore have good reason to squeak: Girl chipmunks enter the picture.
Unfortunately, what makes British abolitionist William Wilberforce a great man is also what makes him dull: his single-minded righteousness.
More proves to be less for Spidey this time out.
The Amazing Spider-Meh might be a better name for this dullish retread.
With daring, gonzo filmmaking, this documentary film penetrates the blood-diamond trade in the Central African Republic.
Hilary Swank stars as Amelia Earhart in Mira Nair's big-budget biopic.
Although grounded in Libertarian theory, this documentary by producer-turned-director Aaron Russo presents provocative material about the perceived illegality of income taxes – and various freedom-restricting consequences of the new world order.
Another book by conservative political commentator Dinesh D'Souza gets the documentary treatment.
This documentary crosses the country to chronicle the rise of American rock poster art since its birth in the Sixties. Among the many artists interviewed are Stanley Mouse, Frank Kozik, Victor Moscoso, and dozens more.
Scripted and directed by the frontman of the musical group the Billy Nayer Show, American Astronaut is an imaginative and resourceful spectacle.
This Oscar winner is a bleak comedy of suburban mores and one man's sudden rejection of the arrangement.
Michael Moore and left-leaning Hollywood are the subjects of this spoof that's missing only one thing: comedy.
American Dreamz tries to satirize the vapidity of American popular culture; instead, the film gets trapped beneath its own wheels.
Crammed with grainy, shot-on-the-fly mid-Eighties video footage, recent interviews, and a genuine love for its subject, American Hardcore encapsulates a largely forgotten moment in maximum rock & roll history.
A satanic-possession thriller set in 1817 stars Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek – to little avail.
It's all about the hair, the performances, and the grift and graft in this unpredictable new offering from David O. Russell.
The plastic surgery performed in this horror film gives real meaning to going under the knife.
Olmos delivers a stark and unflinching study of the self-destructive perpetuation of violence, crime, and gang warfare in the Hispanic-American community.
Thirteen years after American Pie jump-started sexual innuendo for a new generation, this sequel is the best one in the series.
Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper tell Chris Kyle's war story.
A princess, jock, rebel, heartthrob, and geek: It could be The Breakfast Club, but American Teen is instead a documentary that ducks the consequences of its own making.
The rants of the late, great stand-up comic Bill Hicks sound as fresh and brilliant as ever.
This stoner action rom-com stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart
George Clooney stars in this thoughtful thriller from the director of Control, the biopic about Joy Division's Ian Curtis.
Inspirational documentary is about Americans with true grit working in a land where seldom is heard a discouraging word.
The self-serving sub-prime mortgage boom of 2007 proves seductive to a fading collegiate ballplayer.
Cross-cultural love between a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi girl flourishes in the Big Apple.
A dream home on Long Island is not all it's cracked up to be: The family inside sees dead people.
Three stories about beast and man.
In this delightfully human and sweetly comic ode to the contemporary immigrant experience in a post-9/11 “Amreeka,” a Palestinian mother and son create a world of possibilities.
Doc about the life of Amy Winehouse is revelatory, amusing, and deeply devastating
Even if you think you've watched this musical to death during home viewings, you have never really seen this most tragic of all the director's tragic musicals if you haven't viewed it on a big screen with its shimmering color photography.
Produced by Steven Spielberg, this animated film follows the further adventures of the Mousekewitz family, who came to America to escape the cat pogroms.
For its time, this movie was a radical melange of genuine horror and self-aware comic touches, not to mention the fabulous Rick Baker special effects.
A Hollywood vessel of doom hunts for the Big Squeeze.
A teen searches for belonging and unconditional love in this animated film set against the sanitized background of the Russian Revolution.
Ron Burgundy is back – and the legend continues, at least in his own mind.
Will Ferrell's Anchorman needs more work behind the scenes.
Claude Lelouch’s new movie starring Jeremy Irons is a cat-burgler story set in sunny, faraway locales.
Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas are ill-served by director by Rob Reiner in this odd-couple romance.
The plodding stage musical finally comes to the big screen, its relentlessly bombastic score intact with a vengeance.
Luc Besson delivers a gorgeous-looking but ill-conceived mash note to the city of Paris that stars a petty crook and an ethereal beauty.
The chase is on, but there's no Holy Grail to be found in this suspenseless trail of decoded symbols.
Alicia Silverstone and AJ Michalka star in this story of a small-town dreamer.
Scottish social-realist director Ken Loach is back with a new movie about young delinquents and a whisky-distillery heist.
This sugarcoated Christmas tale is an Austin-born and -bred affair.
After growing up gtogether in New York's mean streets, one boy becomes a lifelong criminal (Cagney) while the other serves God (O'Brien) and a pre-stardom Bogart plays the attorney who's involved in their affairs.
This celebratory documentary skips briskly over the 60-plus-year career of one of jazz's pre-eminent and most original singers.
This Hindi romantic comedy is set in San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Joe Wright's bold but empty imagining of Tolstoy's classic is set mostly within the walls of a theatre.
The doll from hell is back.
Annapolis is a thick but hardly meaty slice of old-school Hollywood hokum.
See it today, for tomorrow there will be another filmed version.
This Annie is of our time, even if we've grown remote from spunky little girls.
Charlie Kaufman goes inside the minds of puppets
Normally a maker of big, explosive movies, Roland Emmerich directs this conspiracy-minded potboiler which questions the veracity of Shakespeare's authorship.
Shaky science fiction shacks up with a corny redemption tale in this Sundance Film Festival double award-winner.
Childhood's fascination with all things small and squirmy makes this story of a boy who becomes an ant a pleasant, if undernourished, tale.
This is an even-handed portrait of discontented lovers: A love that starts out in a fever winds up with lots of pistol-waving.
Rust never sleeps, and metal never dies in this doc about the band Anvil.
Stone's tale of a professional football team is full of excess, machismo, and a ripped-out eyeball.
Woody Allen's latest was not screened before press time.
Not reviewed at press time.
Lemmon plays a company man who tries to climb the corporate ladder by loaning out his bachelor pad to illicitly trysting higher-ups. As usual, office politics makes for some strange bedfellows in this comedy.
Bollywood film about an ex-boxer whose career was cut short and the expectations he has of his sons to fulfill his legacy.
This secretive film's premise is that it reveals suppressed footage of the U.S. government's secret mission to the moon.
Howard's take on the ill-fated 1970 moon shot is filled with the almost unassailable heroics of the U.S. space program and the genuine urgency of history.
Ed Harris takes a turn behind the camera again in this Western in which he co-stars with Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger, and Jeremy Irons.
A supernatural presence is released during a college experiment.
Danish actor Paprika Steen's turn as a fresh-from-rehab alcoholic is a tour de force performance.
Two of France's top actors pair up for this wishful farce about good deeds and their consequences.
Absurdist non sequiturs and deadpan pauses emanate from an animated milkshake, a box of french fries, and a ball of ground beef.
Based on a young adult novel by Alice Hoffman, the film is about two best girlfriends who meet up with … a mermaid!
This well-meaning social drama about the intersecting lives of a dysfunctional, upper-middle-class family in suburbia and the residents of a deteriorating public-housing project is flimsy at best.
The filmmakers crafted their nature footage into a kid-friendly "narrative" about the itty-bitty walrus and the little polar bear that could.
Who could have foreseen that Ice Cube's path Straight Outta Compton would lead to family-friendly movies about the complications of life in the suburbs?
Despite bearing a title that practically cries out for disrespect from antsy filmgoers, the new Ice Cube picture (he stars as well as co-produces) demonstrates the actor's amiable side and proves he can headline a family picture.
Steve Mims concocts a mischievous story about a happy, if rudderless Austin couple
An armored truck robbery of $42 million is an inside job in this action film starring Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, and Jean Reno.
What's a filmmaker to do with all the footage shot during Lance Armstrong's inspirational bicycling comeback in 2009 but reshape it into a documentary about a sports hero who couldn't stop lying?
Horror/humor hybrid is the weak third of Raimi's trilogy.
Although made in 1969, this French masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville is receiving its first stateside release.
Family elixir is by turns weepy and hilarious, a little bit Caine and a whole lotta Walken.
Jackie Chan finally emerges as plausible English-language star in this international romp that's as light as a hot-air balloon.
Mark Landis is an expert forger who donates his work to museums, and this doc makes no judgments about this curious man.
This locally made documentary about homelessness, art, and community service tracks the lives of five Austin homeless people who participate in a unique art program. Viewers will witness homeless camps, visit the twice weekly art "classes," experience the annual show & sale, and see how this program changes the lives of all involved. Filmmaker Blaylock will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film. See www.artfromthestreets-themovie.com for more info.
As coming-of-age dramas go, this one is flaccid and endlessly irksome.
This documentary looks at the quandary faced in Philadelphia about moving the Barnes Foundation, home to a premier Postimpressionist collection.
This follow-up to Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes’ transcendent Ghost World is too scattershot to be truly great, but their smarty-pants campus yarn is on fire with satire.
Classic performances are delivered by all involved; Gielgud even won an Oscar in this old-timey dipsomaniacal comedy.
The bubbles have gone out of Russell Brand's remake of the 30-year-old original.
Live-action/animation hybrid from Luc Besson features a host of hip vocal talent but little more.
The folks at Aardman Animation, who gave us Wallace & Gromit, seve up an instant – and funny – holiday classic.
Colin Firth and Emily Blunt star in this road picture about two people who try to escape their identities but fall in love and learn to accept their responsibilities.
It's a silent, black-and-white film for the 21st century, full of coy delights.
Arzak Rhapsody is a gorgeous and easily digested slice of Gallic animé by Heavy Metal magazine creator Moebius. American premiere.
There are things in the catacombs beneath Paris that should remain underground.
Nicholson and Hunt both won Oscars for their respective roles as a rude and obsessive-compulsive writer and the waitress who grows to love him.
The legendary screenwriter and occasional director Robert Towne here adapts and directs John Fante's Depression-era novel about a first-generation Italian-American novelist and his life in Los Angeles.
The Assassination of Jesse James may be the world’s first epic of misguided hero worship.
First-time director Niels Mueller tells "the mad story of a true man" in this tragic portrait of Sam Bicke, who tried to fly an airplane into the White House in 1974.
This new version of John Carpenter's classic is superfluous in the extreme, and while it’s not technically a bad movie, per se, viewers unfamiliar with the film’s lineage will likely write it off as yet another midwinter also-ran, the sort of action film that never quite takes off and instead focuses on random gun battles and cheesy dialogue.
Greenebaum's superstylized first feature attempts to mesh fiction with nonfiction while remaining a narrative, and it attempts to do it almost entirely in the confines of a nursing home, entirely in one day.
This American-bred Astro Boy remains true to the heart and soul of the Japanese original but lacks its raw animation and emotions.
This note-perfect film by the Polish brothers almost could be a relic from another age, an inspirational drama about staying true to one’s dreams no matter the social, economic, or emotional cost.
In this adaptation of Patrick McGrath's novel, Natasha Richardson and Ian McKellan wonder if the patients have taken over the asylum.
This family drama puts a human face on corporate agribusiness.
This French classic is a work of enduring poetry that has launched a thousand other movies. Vigo died shortly after completing the shoot. Nearly 10 minutes of footage were restored in the early Nineties.
In this Bollywood comedy, the household of a married Mumbai couple is disrupted when a houseguest overstays his visit.
Wicked smart examination of black kids in modern Atlanta features talented young actors navigating the circuitous path to adulthood while spending their downtime at the local roller rink.
The first third of Ayn Rand's creative diss of collectivism and groupthink gets a film workout.
Atlas isn't the only one to shrug off this tiresome load of Ayn Rand – but with poor production values.
When the wife of an assimilated Arab in Israel is identified a suicide bomber, the unwitting husband questions both his marriage and hiss Palestinian identity.
This Bollywood drama is based on the events of Nov. 26, 2008, when Pakistani terrorists attacked numerous Mumbai locations.
A horror film masquerading as a deeply disturbing meditation on the war between the sexes, Audition tells the story of a lonely Japanese film producer and widower who stages a film audition, ostensibly to cast a new film, but really to find a new wife.
Plates are broken and egos are trampled on in this wonderful ensemble rendition of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
August Rush is a rather prosaic, oddly anxious, contemporary take on Oliver Twist, with Robin Williams – in nasty-man twee mode – thrown in for bad measure.
A sure winner for arthouse audiences with crossover appeal, Fabián Bielinsky's The Aura spins a purely enjoyable web of intrigue within a meditative, dreamlike setting.
Keri Russell plays a woman who vacations in a Jane Austen fantasy camp, but the film is lacking in sense and sensibility.
Baz Luhrmann teams with fellow Aussies Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman for this romantic action-adventure epic.
Telugu language action film.
A young Frenchwoman moves to Paris from with nothing but the knapsack on her back and the innocent gleam in her eye.
The phenomenon of "anesthetic awareness," in which the patient is fully conscious yet physically paralyzed during surgery, is grist for this psychological thriller.
In this new Bollywood film, a gangster has the job of keeping an eye on his boss' mistress, a girl who was sold to him in the flesh trade.
See it for the many lovely performances, although the film’s vision of Gen-Y nesting is liable to leave you up a tree.
A Beastie Boys concert as filmed by 50 giddy fans.
After his son's death, an Indian father-in-law tries to get his daughter-in-law remarried.
Melvin Van Peebles' son Mario pays tribute to his groundbreaking film Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song, and also settles a few old Oedipal scores along the way.
This gripping lesson in the recent history of terrorism is an electrifying, morally complex story of the evil that true believers do in the name of the greater good.
Action, romance, comedy, and thrills abound in this new Telugu film.
This first part of a planned two-part epic is showing in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi
In the Tunisian desert, a young girl and her grandfather spin stories of woe, lost love, and religious disenchantment in this trancelike movie.
A pig finds his destiny – and it's not as Christmas dinner.
Although these documentary images of human babies from around the world are beguiling, the film's lack of conclusions is frustrating.
An elite counterintelligence task force fights terrorism in India.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler skewer motherhood but make sure that nothing gets terribly burnt.
Vin Diesel stars as a mercenary hired to escort a woman with a dangerous virus out of Russia.
This comedy about four female friends on the eve of one’s nuptials is at times dangerously funny.
Jennifer Lopez is back with a new romantic comedy about a woman whose biological clock is out of sync with her life.
Two buddies take a road trip to Montreal in this shaggy dog tale that was an Austin Film Festival Audience Award winner.
Bay does it bigger and badder than ever.
Early film from South Korea's enfant terrible Kim Ki-duk is a coarse and distubing drama about obsessive love.
This Texas-made high school comedy that's based on a comic book mixes elements of The Breakfast Club with Scoobie Doo with uneven results.
Nic Cage delivers one of his best and most outrageous performances in Werner Herzog's cops-and-iguanas drama.
In this gross but smart comedy from Jacob Vaughan, a man's stress grows into a monster that explodes from his rectum.
This genial remake is Billy Bob Thornton’s game all the way.
Cameron Diaz productively sidesteps her good-times-gal image to play this human cancer who lays waste to everyone who gets in her way.
Badland is a well-meaning but pointlessly overblown drama about an American vet with post-traumatic stress disorder.
In this Bollywood film, four friends start a business and succeed by doing all the wrong things.
Paul Patton stars in this rom-com about a desperate-to-wed flight attendant that never achieves liftoff.
An insular father-daughter relationship comes apart in writer-director Rebecca Miller's drama, which also stars her actor-husband Daniel Day-Lewis.
Doc captures young dancer Justin Peck choreographing his first ballet
Goofy pingpong comedy gets by on the amiable nerd panache of chunky lead Dan Fogler.
College intramural football comedy features several SNL players
This Chinese film presents an uncharacteristically romantic look at the Cultural Revolution.
This Malian courtroom drama is like nothing you've ever seen: The people put the institutions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on trial.
New Bollywood romantic comedy puts the focus on a pair of wedding planners.
A black proto-punk band from Detroit that wouldn't compromise on its name is unearthed in this music doc 35 years after recording their original demo tracks.
Many astute people consider this witty backstage tale the greatest of all Minnelli's great musicals. Sublime performances, great musical numbers, and an inspired Betty Comden and Adolph Green script are the glue that holds together Minnelli's most masterful fusion of form, content, and froth.
A lost band of Egyptian musicians from a police orchestra find refuge with some Israeli townspeople.
A citywide battle of the bands provides the grist for this endearing youth film that was shot in Central Texas.
The Pang brothers' remake of their own film is all cock and no bang.
When a gang of thieves break into some London safe-deposit boxes, they enter a world of police corruption, financial malfeasance, sexual degeneracy, political conspiracy, murder, torture, and upper-class salaciousness.
This New Age tone poem captures images from 24 countries that transcend geographical and language barriers.
Based on a French comic strip, Fonda and her then-husband Roger Vadim had a good time with this outrageous movie about the adventures of a 41st century sexual explorer. It makes virtually no sense, but the costumes are fetishistic gems and the set design trips the light fantastic.
Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar, this French-Canadian film reunites a group of old friends.
It's enough to make even a vegetarian drool. Elley gets some of the state's favorite sons and daughters (Ann Richards, Dan Rather, Kinky Friedman, etc.) to testify about their barbecue beliefs and rituals.
The franchise is back in business, though this time the project has a more calculated feel.
This heartwarming Bollywood tale tells the life story of a man who is deaf and mute but lives life to the fullest.
Baristas compete for fame and glory, and the camera catches it all
Paul Giamatti won a Golden Globe for his performance as Barney Panofsky in this film based on Mordecai Richler's 1997 novel.
Yet another computer-animated film about talking animals offers a fine message for the kids, but little originality.
For once, the Coen brothers' neurotic filmmaking style works to their advantage; it's giddily appropriate for a movie about a man who's losing his mind.
This wholly unwarranted sequel is so outrageously preposterous (and chockablock with bad dialogue) that the end result achieves a basement grandeur of near-epic proportions.
Gotham City is once again riven with crime, so Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton's Batman save the citizens from the megalomaniacs.
This animated Batman is from the same folks behind the TV cartoon series, and is a diverting take on the Caped Crusader.
An animated tale of a peace-loving race of creatures known as Terrians, who are invaded by alien humans.
Hot new Mexican director Carlos Reygadas is back with his second feature which pushes his unflinching imagery into provocative realms.
The 1999 protests at the WTO meeting in Seattle provide the backdrop footage for this character drama.
Aliens fight the U.S. Marines in a gritty urban war. Viewers are the losers.
One of the first films to successfully employ a pseudo-documentary approach, The Battle of Algiers presents the Algerian conflicts with their French colonial rulers during the years 1954-62.
In this dance competish, it's U.S.A. all the way.
Fukasaku's violence-soaked film about a government-sponsored, survival-of-the-fittest contest among schoolchildren has caused storms of controversy.
It's You Got Served for a younger dance generation.
Crass and hugely dumb aliens vs. multiple earthling navies: Must mean the start of summer movies has arrived.
Eisenstein's classic dramatization of the 1905 naval mutiny starts as a protest strike when the crew is given rotten meat for dinner and ends in a street riot - and a horrific police massacre – in Odessa.
Director Showalter (Comedy Central's Stella) misses a terrific opportunity to pull back the curtain on "the other guy" – the Baxter is the lead man's second fiddle in your standard romantic comedy – and ends up making a pretty good case for why the sad sack never gets the girl.
A retired hit man has settled in Paris but comes back to India for one last job.
The follow-up to Elmore Leanard's Get Shorty is rife with star talent but short on inspiration.
Michel Gondry's latest mind warp, which stars Jack Black and Mos Def, is long on vision and heart but short on narrative coherence.
Spanish drama avoids the politics of gay adoption while focusing instead on realistic characters and situations.
Disneynature doc about an Alaskan bear family.
Beauty and the Beast is refashioned here for the contemporary teen set and stars I Am Number Four's Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens.
Idris Elba co-stars in this Netflix drama about child soldiers in Africa
This hip-hop answer to the movie Fame presents the culture and breakdancing crews as viable alternatives to gang warfare.
A character study of a young man torn between disparate career paths as either an enforcer for his slumlord father or a virtuoso pianist, is underserved by its prosaic realism and adds little to the original.
The actor Michael Rapaport turns director for this admiring portrait of the seminal Nineties hip-hop outfit.
Claire Denis' spare, ascetic film about a French Foreign Legionnaire in Northern Africa is deceptively dreamlike and stirring. It is a stunning work of beauty, mystery, contemplation, and grit.
A grueling journey is undertaken by a Vietnamese teen to find his absent mother in Ho Chi Minh City, and then his father, a former G.I., in Texas.
She's a witch, he's a mortal, and they both read Charles Bukowski: Some teens will never make it to heaven.
This is a sweet yet unsentimental coming-of-age film about two teenage boys in a working-class London suburb who fall in love.
This documentary shows how real power flows not from the barrel of a gun but rather a can of hairspray.
The Disney classic returns to theatres with a 3-D update.
In this Czech film, the tumultuous marriage of a couple, who only stop quarreling for bouts of sex, faces a reckoning.
You may not know his name, but you know Wayne White's artwork from Pee-wee's Playhouse or his MTV award-winning design work.
Amiable Queen Latifah comedy is the latest offering from the Barbershop franchise.
Jodie Foster directs Mel Gibson in this odd family drama.
With a lazy, cliché, and rabid plot and paper-thin character development, this comedy's idea of fun involves the intergenerational discussion of orgasms.
There are no big surprises in this family picture, but neither is the admonition against working with children and animals appropriate here.
Jane Austen could spot a phony, and, as a result, she would not have been happy with this romanticized account of her early years.
Adam Sandler has finally found his audience: 3-year-olds. Maybe he should stop making movies already and just rent himself out for kids’ parties.
Jerry Seinfeld delivers an agreeable though tame animated picture that more than does the trick but is unlikely to become a superbuzz movie.
Myla Goldberg’s novel about spelling-bee fever, a family in chaos, and religious/mystic exploration arrives on the screen with all its faults intact but few of its charms.
This documentary goes inside the brewing business to show the truth behind our favorite labels.
The jokes in this latest film from the Broken Lizard comedy troupe are about as potent as near-beer.
This Austin-shot indie from Andrew Bujalski is a remarkably naturalistic slice of life.
In this wonderfully comic spook tale, a couple of mild-mannered ghosts call upon the obnoxious demon Betelguese to help them reinhabit their house from the new (and living) tenants.
Nicole Kidman stars as a woman who has amnesia and fights to uncover a big mystery from her past.
Richard Linklater takes one of the oldest romantic formulas in the book – strangers on a train – and creates a soulful melding of hearts, minds, and camera.
Manchevski's debut film impresses with its cagey temporal structure, incredible cinematography that exposes the precipitous Macedonian landscape, beautiful performances, and a thematic structure that adds to our understanding of specific and universal issues.
This story about life and love in southern India during the twilight of British rule is exquisitely photographed but emotionally overwrought.
There's an aging LGBT community that is only getting bigger and older, and this documentary investigates that process – in ways both specific and universal.
Agreeably phony movie focuses on a pair of unlikely partners drawn together by the promise of making music.
A wickedly entertaining postmodern take on the hallowed, Eighties-era slasher flicks.
A newcomer to Beijing has his bicycle (and livelihood) stolen by a teen desperate to impress his pals in this Chinese variation on The Bicycle Thieves.
This atypical Bollywood film is an English-language mystery drama that has no song-and-dance numbers and is a brief, 90-minutes long.
Evel Knievel rides again in this retrospective doc
Robert De Niro and Paul Dano play the troubled Flynn father and son.
There are so few really great film roles written for middle-aged women that when one comes along and it stars the near-perfect Annette Bening, it’s disappointing that the rest of the movie does not equal her performance.
Despite all its clichéd moralizing and blatant borrowings, the movie does offer a few clever twists on an old sports-movie formula.
In this faith-based comedy, frat boys create a fake charity to pay back tuition bills.
This two-person character study features lovely performances that are models of restraint in what otherwise might have been a soppy melodrama.
Inspired by a 1779 painting of two real-life cousins – one black, one white – Belle gives a fictionalized account of their lives.
Another comedy from ex-SNLers, along with Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder and baseball's Reggie Jackson.
This thriller starring Dennis Quaid was filmed in Smithville and Bastrop.
Naïf meets waif in this touching yet whimsically unrealistic tale of love amongst society's write-offs.
The irony inherent in using 21st century motion-control technology to tell a tale approximately 1,400 years old is just one of many bizarrely entertaining aspects of Beowulf.
Bollywood romantic comedy.
A troupe of top-tier British thesps raises this crowd-pleasing pap into something enjoyable,
In Guest's parodic hands, the Westminster Dog Show goes to the hounds.
Fourteen years after the first film, this sequel finds our likable characters experiencing the pitfalls and promise of middle age.
Malcolm D. Lee, cousin of Spike, hits emotional pay dirt in this men's-eye-view of marriage, fidelity, and love. ? Marc Savlov.
The 1968 debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal are legend
It's getting hard to tell one Nicholas Sparks adaptation from another amid all the dross.
Premiering in Austin, this documentary is about the purportedly "best worst movie" ever made, Troll 2, and its enthusiastic fans.
An undocumented Mexican worker in Los Angeles who struggles to earn a living and keep his teenage son from joining a gang is the subject of this heartfelt drama.
Woo's crime drama is one of the signature films of the Hong Kong cinema.
It may be a family-friendly trifle, but it's nevertheless a silly, if guilty, pleasure to watch.
Bollywood romance glosses over the cultural ramifications of marriage and adultery, but is heavy on the music and melodramatics.
Bollywood romantic comedy.
Again Kidman goes for another nose-centric role, yet Nora Ephron's very meta remake of the old TV show still misfires.
Donate your dollars directly to starving children instead of this Jolie adventure.
The mad scientist is back in a sequel that was not screened before press time.
Visually striking but completely nuts, this filmmaking debut received a Special Jury Award for Boldness of Vision at last year's Fantastic Fest.
With infinite grace but no real suspense, Beyond the Gates bears dramatic witness to the Rwandan ethnic genocide of the last decade.
A popular singer finds the courage to be herself with the help of a friendly cop.
Christian swashbuckler changes the storytelling mode but not the message
More "Splish" than "Splash," this biopic about the life of pop crooner Bobby Darin is practically a one-man Kevin Spacey show.
A woman inherits a hotel that was built over a gate to hell. Man, I hate it when that happens.
Sports biopic from India based on the life of "The Flying Sikh" Milkha Singh.
This new Bollywood film is a comic haunted-mansion story.
Bollywood film tells the story of a young boy who is visited by the ghost of his dead grandfather.
This Hindi ghost returns in a sequel to settle some scores on Earth.
One of the great films that truly deserves to be called a timeless classic, The Bicycle Thief is a thing of simple beauty.
There's very little bounce in this new Elmore Leanard adaptation that stars Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman.
The dashed hopes of idealistic youth and the rationalizations that come with maturity provide rich fodder for a group of old college chums who reassemble for a weekend following the suicide of one of their peers. The Motown soundtrack is a side benefit.
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz play the Keane couple, the artists behind the craze of those ubiquitous portraits of wide-eyed waifs.
In this dark new film from the screenwriter of The Wrestler, a New York Giants fan and regular caller to a sports radio talk show snatches rededication from the jaws of disillusionment.
Tim Burton is all grown up and getting serious.
Witty charm, lively animation, and a swift pace help this animated superhero story rise a cut above.
A case of mistaken identity embroils the supremely go-with-the-flow character of the Dude (Bridges) in an intersecting mix of kidnapping, pornography, German nihilists, sultry women, gumshoes, missing money, and missing toes.
Midnight madness doesn't begin to categorize this bizarre Japanese superhero/monster movie.
Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski star in this fact-based story that shows us that whales are mammals too.
It's a shame to again witness Martin Lawrence squander his considerable comic talents under a fat suit and fake breasts in this shoddy sequel.
Martin Lawrence revisits his FBI undercover alter-ego, Big Momma.
The financial meltdown of 2008 is treated with terrific comic spin
An Appalachian "spinster" learns the truth about her past
Carpenter's jokey adventure tale pits good against evil in San Francisco's Chinatown.
In this wedding comedy, a bridegroom’s bitterly divorced parents (De Niro and Keaton) must pretend they’re still married to appease his Catholic birth mother.
Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson co-star in this comedy about competitive birdwatchers.
Despite some bright spots in this woefully earnest modern romance, Bigger Than the Sky is awash in the obvious and sports a cloying adulation of theatre folk.
The film provides an intimate portrait of Cunningham, whose two weekly New York Times photo columns document the city's fashion trends.
Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, is the subject of this admiring yet enlightening documentary.
After his stint at SNL, Adam Sandler broke out as a movie star with this comedy.
A Depression-era biopic about the formative years of the influential Christian evangelist Billy Graham.
Based on its French predecessor, La Cage aux Folles, this American comedy tells the story of two gay men trying to pass as straight for a family gathering.
If your dead husband returned to you in the body of a 10-year-old boy, would you seize the opportunity for your romance to be born again or would you call Child Welfare?
This new Bollywood film takes on the subject of terrorism.
This prize-winning Australian film is a moving, youth-oriented work, featuring lovely performances by Toni Collette and Gemma Ward.
Although in many ways a characteristically perverse Paul Verhoeven spectacle, this Dutch World War II resistance story is more morally shaded as well as handsomely mounted and suspenseful.
In this prototype slasher movie, a killer targets a sorority house while the sisters are also plagued by a rash of crank calls.
Although this horror remake isn't as suspenseful or emotionally draining as its influential 1974 predecessor, the film almost makes up for that with its overriding weirdness.
Brian De Palma returns with a new crime thriller drawn from James Ellroy's fictional account of the notorious Los Angeles murder of a would-be Hollywood starlet dubbed the Black Dahlia.
Johnny Depp plays the notorious South Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger
Kasi Lemmons’ adaptation of this Langston Hughes work is a muddled church-time reverie.
Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer play guardians who fight over the custody of their granddaughter.
This undersea actioner stars Jude Law as a submarine captain leading a team of Brits and Russians in the recovery of a sunken fortune.
It's smart; it's silly; it's shear terror, as the ruminants develop a taste for human flesh.
Like a steady 12-bar blues progression, Black Snake Moan lays down a groove and works the chords over and over 'til they're all spent.
Recalling the tone and spirit of Eighties horror films, this is an homage to exsanguinations past.
This SXSW recipient of the 2004 Audience Award for Best Narrative stars The Daily Show's Rob Corddry as a professional paintball athlete looking to reclaim his former glory.
Chris Hemsworth stars in Michael Mann's cyber thriller.
Sam Shepard stars in this film which imagines what might have happened if Butch Cassidy had survived and lived on in Bolivia.
Cops and androids fight it out in 21st century L.A. in this Philip K. Dick adaptation with fabulous art direction.
Originality is in as short supply as shirt buttons as Snipes' high tech vampire slayer meets up with what appears to be a steroidal Eurotrash pimp playing Dracula.
This ice-skating comedy demonstrates that just because Will Ferrell is game for anything that might draw a laugh, it doesn't mean he should follow through with every idea that comes his way.
A period piece about two generations of matadors is fused with the Snow White fairy tale in this black-and-white Spanish charmer.
America's favorite screen couple, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, mosey through another rom-com.
This honest, earnest, and naturalistic kids’ story about growing up Mexican-American in 1940s New Mexico is based on the popular book.
John Lee Hancock, director of The Rookie, scores with another sports drama, this time concerning a true football story.
Sofia Coppola relates this true-life crime story about Hollywood teens who boosted things from celebrities' homes so they could walk a mile in their Louboutons.
Lycanthropy and young love: not as yummy as it sounds but nowhere near as godawful as Van Helsing, a small mercy but very much appreciated.
This action-packed take on the issue of blood diamonds is an example of social critique masquerading as cineplex fodder.
This video-game-to-movie adaptation of BloodRayne poses no threat to German filmmaker Uwe Boll's reputation as the modern-day Ed Wood.
Cubicle horrors: Vampires bloody the workplace
This new Bollywood film is an underwater action thriller.
The Hallmark homilies are all there in this family-friendly feature about a cancer-stricken 10-year-old searching for the elusive morpho butterfly, but when the principals arrive in rainforest country, the film shifts gears and begins to breathe.
This three-hour-long French film has been much hyped for its graphic sexual content, but it's the less explicit stuff that makes it worth a watch.
Class difference and life's shambles are on Woody Allen's mind as he leads Cate Blanchett through a perfectly calibrated performance as a Park Avenue matron brought low by modern finance.
Based on the bestseller by Donald Miller, this is the story of a Texas-raised Southern Baptist who finds maturity on the liberal campus of Reed College in Portland, Ore.
Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this Hitchcockian story of l'amour four.
Writer, director, and cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier colludes with actor Macon Blair to create an unusual spin on this revenge tale.
Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling play a pair of lovers from first meet to last fight.
Kidman made her screen debut at the age of 16 in this Aussie teen picture about bikers, some bank robbers, and a carton of walkie-talkies.
Bobby looks at the lives of some everyday people who are about to get caught up in the avalanche of history when they become witnesses to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
Adventure-comedy about a female private detective.
Biopic of the only person to have ever won golf's grand slam.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe star in Ridley Scott's new film about the different types of CIA operatives fighting the global war on terrorism.
Filmmakers Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro show the story of a young veteran, crippled after five days of service in Iraq, and his evolution from gung-ho enlistee to passionate anti-war activist.
In this thrice-made Hindi film, a tough bodyguard's exterior hides a hidden romantic's heart.
This Bollywood action comedy of culture clashes is a loose tribute to the 1979 comedy Gol Maal.
Bolt is a canine who plays a cybernetically enhanced dog on TV but has no knowledge of how to cope in the real world in this new animated film.
Investigates the ongoing problem of unexploded cluster bombs remaining in Laos and being used elsewhere.
An engaging chamber comedy cum lavish period piece set in France at the beginning of WWII.
Don't go into the closet.
Boogie Nights gets under the skin of the porn film industry's exuberant burst of public semirespectability in the late Seventies, prior to the home-video revolution that changed the rules of the game forever. The movie is no socio-cultural abstract though; it is at heart the story about a group of characters and the de facto family that emerges from their relationships.
In a post-apocalyptic time, Denzel Washington is the lone man who carries the world's last remaining Bible.
Dia de los Muertos provides a colorful and vivid background for this animated film.
The leaden acting, tablecloth wardrobe, and Sixties-era Star Trek set design are more likely to leave nonbelievers stupefied than awestruck.
This print bestseller about a girl's coming of age amid the horrors of Nazi Germany is swaddled in maudlin melodrama in this film adaptation.
This long-awaited follow-up to Troy Duffy's violent, pulpy cult original is dead on arrival.
This Dutch film is a darkly nuanced fable that keeps us consistently off-balance.
In this Bollywood film, the hero is a one-man army.
Lars von Trier assures us at the outset that this will be a "cozy comedy," the last thing you might expect from this prickly filmmaker. (AFS@Dobie)
The Wilson brothers made their auspicious, no-budget film debut with this deadpan caper film.
Stuff the cork back in: This wine movie was sold before its time.
The impressive co-directing debut of the Wachowski Brothers has visual style to burn – not to mention a hot story about two women who fall in love and plot to pilfer a couple million from mobsters.
In this romantic comedy, Gerard Butler is a bounty hunter charged with capturing his ex-wife, played by Jennifer Aniston.
Matt Damon is a superb action hero but he spends too much time alone in this sequel.
Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly goes for full-fledged suspense in this studio thriller.
The third time isn't the charm for this animated film from the studio that gave us the magical Coraline and ParaNorman.
Set on the eastern New Zealand coast in 1984, Boy is a wisp of a story, but originally told by the director of Eagle vs Shark.
Vera Farmiga is a knockout in this otherwise predictable and emotionally manipulative story about the horror of the German concentration camps.
Jennifer Lopez stars in this brazenly dumb MILF thriller.
Horrors: A nanny finds that her new charge is a life-sized doll
Although this movie about residents of an “active adult” retirement community in Florida has a certain niche-market appeal, it’s really a movie for anyone who enjoys a solid romantic comedy.
Clive Owen is a widower in Australia who learns to become a hands-on dad to his sons.
Without resorting to dogma, ideological tracts, or cautionary tales, Boys Don't Cry evocatively tells the true story of a young Nebraska woman who changed her sexual identity and transformed herself (sans surgery) into a young man. Swank won her first Oscar for this role.
Singleton's 1991 movie about three black boys growing to manhood in the combat zones of L.A.'s South Central remains a searing cultural indictment.
Russell Crowe narrates this insider's documentary about Australia's Bra Boys – a family of brawlers whose exploits are legendary.
Coppola's take on the very old story is deliciously fresh. Oldman's Dracula has a stylized, almost hyperreal clarity and a singular weirdness.
In a dystopian society, corporations can see inside people's minds and keep them deluded, but one man fights back.
Bring some bratitude and a passion for fashion, and you'll be almost as giddy as a 10-year-old girl.
Although the animation looks terrific and the story features an immensely sympathetic heroine, Brave lacks the sheer imaginative oomph of prior Pixar pics.
Jodie Foster might be good at playing a master of vengeance, but The Brave One turns out to be little more than an upscale B-movie about getting even.
Gibson directs and stars in this rousing 13th century epic about the Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace.
The career of Robert Hanssen, the brilliant real-life FBI spy whose exploits as a double agent caused a great many deaths, should be the mole story to end all mole stories, but it is not.
An endearing romantic daydream about an underappreciated housewife who decides on whim to not return home.
In this Hindi rom-com, two lovers undergo a separation in order to discover each other once again.
Thirtysomething icon Jennifer Aniston grieves a failed relationship in one half of the movie, while thirtysomething icon Vince Vaughn grows up in the other.
In this latest from Neil Jordan, Cillian Murphy plays the swinging transvestite Patrick "Kitten" Braden, who wanders through and into the pop-and-politics culture of Seventies England.
Despite the title of this sugar-coated fluffbomb of an urban romantic comedy, precious few rules are broken, cinematically speaking, during its quick, painless 90 minutes.
A comely British exchange student in upstate New York upsets a cozy family dynamic.
The next film Altman made after M*A*S*H was this odd murder mystery that's really a character study of a peculiar young man who is obsessed with birds and lives in a fallout shelter in the then-new Houston Astrodome.
Brick transfers Dashiell Hammett’s hard-boiled universe to the modern high school campus with nary a clue that more than a half-century has passed since the Continental Op’s heyday.
Brick Lane shows us the life of a Bangladeshi woman, who moves to London to marry a man she's never met, keep house, raise a family, and eventually act on her squelched yearnings.
In one of his last roles, Paul Walker stars in this American remake of Luc Besson's actioner District B13.
This Jane Austen adaptation takes the Bollywood out of India and leaves us something too familiar.
Best friends become enemies when a scheduling snafu places their two weddings on the same day.
It's a film, not a miniseries, but this rendition's attention to the steep divides of class and religion in prewar England remains as sharply etched as ever.
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks revisit the Cold War
This excellent screen version of the Newbery-winning novel is not about fairies and enchanted forests but about kids who feel as though they don't fit in.
An emotional and aesthetic whirlpool of horror, fascination, beauty, and resignation gives Eric Steel's Golden Gate Bridge suicide documentary an eerie power.
Cast is excellent; movie is OK; men and women are soooo different.
romantic fantasy as it is social satire.
John Krasinski makes his directorial debut with this screen adaptation of David Foster Wallace's stories.
Actor and author Stephen Fry turns director for this colorful group snapshot of monied revelers in 1930s London.
Voted the greatest British noir film of all time by The Guardian, this film features Attenborough as a sociopath who fears damnation.
Catfights, navel-baring, a Top 40 soundtrack, sugarcoated sentiments: Cheerleaders grab center stage.
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a profound existential adventure, twistedly comic and openly bitter, brought to life by those two maniacs: Peckinpah and Oates. An ugly, vicious film about not very glamorous people engaged in ugly, vicious activities, it’s more black comedy than anything. – Louis Black
Epic oral history of the heyday of the Great White Way as told by the people who were living on graham crackers and dreams back when it was all going on.
Heather Graham is an L.A. transplant whose dreams of a music career become soiled by her relationship with her junkie boyfriend, played by Jeremy Sisto.
At first glance, Toby Keith drama Broken Bridges is about reconciliations; really, though, the movie is about the cross-marketing potential of contemporary country music full of cliché and contrived music performances.
A powerful romantic adventure drives the heart of this Belgian melodrama about family and bluegrass music.
Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe mix it up in this mystery thriller directed by Allen Hughes.
Penélope Cruz stars in Pedro Almodóvar's latest, which plays like the lost love child of Douglas Sirk and Alfred Hitchcock.
Parker Posey gives a lovely, toned-down performance as Nora Wilder, the single, mid-30s Manhattanite at the heart of this romantic comedy.
Anton Yelchin and Vincent Vincent D'Onofrio star in this contemporary Western
Broken Lizard (the comedy group that gave us Super Troopers) spoofs summer-camp slasher flicks and lowbrow beach farces.
Israeli family drama reveals that turmoil begins at home, not at the country's borders.
Tom Hardy delivers a searing performance as Britain's so-called "most violent prisoner."
Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, and Don Cheadle star in this clichéd police drama that's capped by an outlandish third act.
A young Inuit hunter learns lessons when he is turned into a bear.
A festival favorite jumps to the big screen with its story that compares and contrasts life as a gay black man in the present day and the Harlem Renaissance.
This documentary is about the unlikeliest of subjects: an alleged mercy killing between a pair of barely socialized, virtually illiterate, unkempt, unhygienic, slow-witted, never-married bachelors.
This psychological drama from Denmark is interesting and well-performed, but it's no Cain and Abel.
This drama is inferior in practically every way to Danish director Susanne Bier’s original – but now with more U2!
Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo are cast as the best con men in the world whose current swindle involves an eccentric heiress (Rachel Weisz) in this sophomore effort by the writer/director of Brick.
Terry Gilliam's skewed fantasy is pure jabberwocky.
An astonishing twinning of wild imagination and drop-dead realism, Brothers of the Head is simply the most poignant and exciting mockumentary about (conjoined) sibling rivalry, revelry, and reversal of fortunes ever made.
With three great comic talents in Will Forte, Will Arnett, and director Bob Odenkirk working together in relatively untried and controversial comedy territory, the only result is a syrupy fable about love and family.
Bollywood remake of 2011's underrated boxing saga Warrior
Vincent Gallo's notorious film turns out to be an anti-action road trip that has the feeling of a fever dream.
Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno is less specific and less interesting than Borat – and therefore less funny.
The obvious martial arts skills of the brother and sister filmmakers, Ken and Livi Zheng, don't compensate for this film's wooden drama.
Steven Soderbergh’s Bubble is likely to be remembered as the adequate but unspectacular first volley in Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s modern experiment in vertical film integration.
This gay-tinged Romeo and Juliet story set largely in Tel Aviv shows the complexities of love in a land where the conflicts are as old as Western religion and as new as suicide bombers.
The real-life "horse whisperer," Dan "Buck" Brannaman, is the subject of this documentary that reveals how he derived his hard-won knowledge.
Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman play characters who have only a short time to live. Promises, promises.
In this comedy, a Midwestern kid decides to follow in his parents' footsteps and become a porn star.
Intended less as a concert film than as a set of cinematic liner notes, BVSC is about the vanishing musical culture of Cuban stars who became famous in the Forties and Fifties while playing in the legendary Havana night club of the title.
On an American military outpost in Europe during the Eighties, the black market economy runs the show.
Before the TV series, there was the movie in which a Nineties Valley Girl discovers her true calling.
The Exorcist's William Friedkin directs this psychological thriller that never really gets under your skin.
Activist Turk Pipkin's documentary looks at the process of building of a secondary school in Mahiga, Kenya.
Every young writer goes through a Bukowski phase, but only the skid row author himself was "born into it."
Sylvester Stallone is back – the action is loud and pulpy, the quips are ever-ready, and the cycle is unbroken.
Bollywood crime thriller.
Reanimated zombies invade a mansion filled with jet-setters.
Burlesque bumps and grinds. And then grinds and grinds and grinds.
In this film from the director of The Battle of Algiers, Brando plays a mercenary who instigates a slave revolt in the Caribbean, only to have it backfire on the British interests for whom he works.
Bradley Cooper is a "bad boy" chef; Sienna Miller and others are garnish
Bush's so-called brain is Karl Rove, whose mastery of dirty tricks deserves clearer scrutiny than it gets in this documentary.
Campy film is fun viewing and shines light on lipstick lesbians who are willing to put their pom-poms where their mouths are.
Jennifer Garner stars in this satire about a woman who'll stop at nothing to win the Iowa state butter-carving competition.
Nicely performed and beautifully shot, this story of a young boy's political awakening flutters lightly across the screen.
Ashton Kutcher lays to waste a promising script involving time travel and unforeseeable consequences.
Angelina and Brad topline this modern-day arthouse relic by Jolie Pitt