Movie ReviewsReviews of new movies, classic and art films, foreign films, and popular movies. Featuring Bob Mondello, Kenneth Turan, David Edelstein, and Mark Jenkins.
Strange interlude: Daniel Breaker plays Youth, the adolescent version of narrator Stew (in background) in Spike Lee's sizzling film version of Stew's semiautobiographical Broadway musical Passing Strange.
Unhappy in their own way: Three generations of a Yokoyama family convene for a rocky reunion in Hirokazu Koreeda's Still Walking. From left, patriarch Kyohei (Yoshio Harada), his step-grandson Atsushi (Shohei Tanaka) and matriarch Toshiko (Kirin Kiki).
Under the influence: Freed by the Woodstock vibe — and a certain mood-altering substance — shy painter Elliot Teichberg (Demetri Martin, center) discovers the Aquarian age with two hippies (Kelli Garner and Paul Dano) in a classic VW van.
Friends And Rivals: Mexico City hairdresser Yesenia (Daniela Schmidt, left) and the Oaxaca-born Francisca (Maya Zapata) come from very different backgrounds to compete for celebrity in Casi Divas.
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Up Where They Walk, Up Where They Run: Ponyo, a goldfish turned little girl, gets her chance to live where the people are in a sweet-natured film by Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazaki.
Baby Please Don't Go: Clare (Rachel McAdams) and Henry (Eric Bana) stay close despite his unfortunate tendency when stressed to slip away through time — leaving his clothes behind.
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Metaphorical mothership: Three decades after extraterrestrials arrive on Earth, they remain quarantined in a violent, squalid Johannesburg ghetto. The refugee aliens aren't welcome, but they're also not allowed to leave.
Jam Session: Davis Guggenheim's latest documentary brings together guitarists Jack White of the White Stripes (from left), The Edge of U2 and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.
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