Absurdist non sequiturs and deadpan pauses emanate from an animated milkshake, a box of french fries, and a ball of ground beef.
Aquamarine (2006, 109 min., PG)
Based on a young adult novel by Alice Hoffman, the film is about two best girlfriends who meet up with … a mermaid!
Arbitrage (2012, 107 min., R)
Richard Gere stars in this thriller as a duplicitous hedge-fund manager who, nevertheless, has all the right moves.
Guy Maddin, the (seemingly) deranged Winnipeg director of Tales from the Gimli Hospital has returned to confuse, annoy, or enthrall audiences (depending on your outlook) once again. This time out, Maddin employs a far more extravagant ...
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.
Using archival footage, still photography, and clips from propaganda films, the impeccably researched documentary The Architecture of Doom formulates a convincing thesis about Hitler and his legacy, the Holocaust -- the Nazi sense of aesthetic purity, ...
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.
Argo (2012, 120 min., R)
Ben Affleck directs this entertaining thriller about an unbelievable-but-true mission to extricate American hostages from Iran in 1980.
The gleefully profane The Aristocrats provides a survey of some of the best comic minds in the business.
Paranoia strikes deep in Arlington Road, a political thriller in which the manicured lawns and barbecue smiles of suburbia mask a banal malevolence. Here, evil has a familiar face: the people next door. Perhaps the first ...
Armageddon (1998, 150 min., PG-13)
It's big, it's stupid, it's pretty kick-ass. That's about all you need to know about Summer '98's loudest testosterone-fest, the second in a death-from-above double header that started off last month with the weak Deep Impact. ...
A wisecracking adventurer finds himself confronted by spear-wielding savages as he attempts to make off with tribal treasures. Thugs, Nazis, and mufti-clad killers confront him at every hair-raising turn as his heroic quest takes him across ...
Armored (2009, 88 min., PG-13)
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.
Simon (Sawa) has landed in strict rehab and he's barely out of high school. That's how Around the Fire opens, and it takes the rest of the movie for Simon to reflect back on his life ...
Jackie Chan finally emerges as plausible English-language star in this international romp that's as light as a hot-air balloon.
The Arrival (1996, 109 min., PG-13)
Screenwriter Twohy (The Fugitive, Waterworld, Alien3) takes the directing helm in this above-average tale of alien invasion that's less concerned with the invasion itself and more worried about giving the junior Sheen a “departure role” (as ...
Mark Landis is an expert forger who donates his work to museums, and this doc makes no judgments about this curious man.
For Jennifer Montgomery, there is no question that the personal is political. First-time director Montgomery calls her autobiographical film Art for Teachers of Children a “boarding school melodrama,” but the issues the film raises ripple far ...
Slick and intermittently creepy, The Art of Dying is a sort of I Know What You Did in Spain Last Summer that borrows heavily from both American and Italian genre films, from its teenage protagonists who ...
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.
Wesley Snipes seems hell-bent on becoming one of the kings of the action film, with such recent films to his credit as Murder at 1600, U.S. Marshals, Blade, and now, The Art of War, in which ...
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.
Artemisia (1997, 96 min., R)
Artemisia is an interesting meditation on the life of 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the first women in the Western world to forge a successful career as a professional artist in a male-dominated field. Her ...