Movie ReviewsReviews of new movies, classic and art films, foreign films, and popular movies. Featuring Bob Mondello, Kenneth Turan, David Edelstein, and Mark Jenkins.
Triple Threat: Xavier Dolan wrote, directed, and stars in Heartbeats, which won the 2010 Sydney Film Festival's Sydney Film Prize and was selected for the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Ultimately big-hearted, Hall Pass nonetheless shortchanges its female leads — Jenna Fischer (left) and Christina Applegate — by giving them little room to flex their comedic muscles.
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Men Of The Cloth: As Christian and Paul, Lambert Wilson (left) and Jean-Marie Frin play monks who live in the midst of the Algerian civil war. Their lives and relationships are poignantly captured by director Xavier Beauvois.
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After Martin takes a cab driven by Gina (Diane Kruger), things go awry. Martin wakes up four days later — in a hospital — and finds no one has been looking for him.
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A Prodigal Daughter: Sky Ferreira plays a pop singer who returns to town for a funeral and clashes with her ex-con father — moving among stratified social circles and illuminating an eclectic community.
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Anybody Got A Lightsaber? Hayden Christensen (right) and Thandie Newton star as two survivors of a mysterious, worldwide supernatural event. To survive, they must stay in the light — lest they confront the unknown in the darkness.
The Family That Kills Together: After their father dies in the streets of Mexico City, Alfredo (Francisco Barreiro, left), Sabina (Paulina Gaitan, center) and Julian (Alan Chavez) must continue Dad's bloody cannibalistic ritual to survive.
Selina E. Rodriguez Martinez/IFC Films
Mohamad Emran Tapa, the cousin of director Tariq Tapa, plays Dilawar, an aspiring pickpocket. Dilawar, like just about every other young character in Zero Bridge, dreams of leaving Kashmir.
The Film Desk
Happy Pills? Director Liz Canner's documentary Orgasm Inc., originally intended as a look at the science of pleasure, became an inquiry into the pharmaceutical industry's pursuit of a cause — and a cure — for female sexual dysfunction.
First Run Features
Concrete Jungle: Young lovers (Emily Blunt, James McAvoy) try to transcend the long-simmering rivalry between their brightly colored garden-gnome families. Don't expect a story of too much woe: It's a kid-friendly animated adaptation of the classic.
Buena Vista Pictures
At an insurance-sales convention, a naive small-towner (Ed Helms, center) unexpectedly shares a hotel room with two decidedly more worldly colleagues (John C. Reilly, left, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.) — who drag him far outside his rural comfort zone.
Kim Simms/Fox Searchlight