Aparahan (2005, 173 min., NR)
Not reviewed at press time.
The hallucinogenic chuk-chuk-chuk of an unseen gunship's rotors is the first sound you hear in Coppola's masterpiece. For filmgoers of a certain age it's a thrilling, heart-quickening sound; no other film I know of can elicit ...
The ever-astonishing filmmaker Mel Gibson continues his (probably unintentional) study of the mortification of the flesh through the ages.
Apollo 18 (2011, 86 min., PG-13)
This secretive film's premise is that it reveals suppressed footage of the U.S. government's secret mission to the moon.
Apollo 13 (1995, 140 min., PG)
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.
The Apostle (1998, 133 min., PG-13)
The movies haven't portrayed the evangelical preacher in a very flattering light, suffice to say. Invariably, this man of the cloth is depicted as a hymn-singing, prayer-spouting charlatan who hypocritically breaks the commandments with a singular ...
Appaloosa (2008, 114 min., R)
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.
Applause (2011, 85 min., R)
Danish actor Paprika Steen's turn as a fresh-from-rehab alcoholic is a tour de force performance.
The Apple (1998, 85 min., NR)
This perplexing and provocative movie, which is not quite fiction or documentary, is about the real-life experiences of twin Iranian 12-year-old girls whose lives had been spent locked in their house by their worried, fundamentalist father ...
Two of France's top actors pair up for this wishful farce about good deeds and their consequences.
Apt Pupil (1998, 100 min., R)
Based on the Stephen King novella of the same name, Apt Pupil is one of those rarest of films, a King adaptation that doesn't fall flat. It's not perfect, certainly, but as directed by Singer (The ...
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.
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.