Movie ReviewsReviews of new movies, classic and art films, foreign films, and popular movies. Featuring Bob Mondello, Kenneth Turan, David Edelstein, and Mark Jenkins.
The Will To Survive: In a post-apocalyptic landscape where starving humans resort to cannibalism, a father (Viggo Mortensen) has one goal: to keep his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) alive — both fed and uneaten.
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Chance Encounter: Richard Samuels (Zac Efron, right) is plucked from obscurity by director Orson Welles (Christian McKay) and propelled into a world of glamour and parties — and an ambitious Julius Caesar that will take the theater world by storm.
Fire And Rain: Raizo (played by the Korean pop star Rain) is adopted by the Clan of the Black Sand and trained as a ninja, only to turn against them to avenge his girlfriend's death.
Warner Bros. Pictures
A Flag Is Borne: Filmmaker Yoav Shamir follows Israeli high-schoolers to Auschwitz as part of his inquiry into modern anti-Semitism — and whether some activists overstate its prevalence.
First Run Features
That's A Wrap: Screenwriter-turned-director Mateo Blanco (Lluis Homar) clings to his actress muse — played by Penelope Cruz, the real-life muse of Broken Embraces director Pedro Almodovar.
Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni/Sony Pictures Classics
Swept Away: A drowning man in a flood-soaked city, New Orleans homicide cop Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage) shakes down the local undergrads, steals drugs from the evidence locker and takes up with a coke-addict hooker (Eva Mendes).
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Hard Target: Zhang Fengyi plays the martially inclined prime minister Cao Cao in a battle epic that makes Zack Snyder's 300 look unambitious — and that lets some character-building get lost amid the sweep of history.
Political theater: William Kunstler, pictured at a rally for the so-called Chicago Seven, was famous for defending some of America's most polarizing people in the courts.
David Fenton/Arthouse Films
The hardest words: Woody Harrelson, left, and Ben Foster play two soldiers charged with bringing war's human costs home to military families in Oren Moverman's accomplished debut film.
Jackson Strive: The movie might be shorter if he were just a little slower, but John Cusack's bookish Jackson Curtis always manages to stay a step ahead of the advancing abyss.
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Radio Rock Star: Rhys Ifans (front, with Tom Sturridge) plays a popular British DJ — and shameless Lothario — who arrives on a pirate-radio ship ready to rule the airwaves.
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