Capital Times (Madison, WI)
I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)
The Last Mountain (2011)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)
The Guard (2011)
"If "Tabloid" feels like a minor Morris work compared to "The Fog of War" or "Mr. Death," it is still entertaining, with a sly sense of humor and an empathetic eye for the bizarre that harkens back to earlier movies like "Gates of Heaven." "
Sarah's Key (2011)
"It's a harrowing story of a young girl trying to survive the extermination of everyone she knows. It's also a story of an upper-middle class woman dealing with an unhappy marriage. You just can't give these two things equal weight in a movie. "
Bride Flight (2011)
""Bride Flight" is undeniably pretty to look at, and the performers do what they can (Drivjer is quite good as the brash Esther). But it's too silly and overheated to be accepted as fact or fiction. "
The Double Hour (2011)
"Every 10 minutes, writer-director Giuseppe Capotondi reshuffles his narrative deck of cards and deals the audience a completely new hand. Just when you think you're ahead of the game, you've been played for a sucker. "
The Change-Up (2011)
Forks Over Knives (2011)
The Bang Bang Club (2011)
The First Grader (2011)
Joueuse (Queen to Play) (2011)
The Trip (2011)
"Just watching them volley impressions at each other for a couple of hours would make for a great time at the movies. But Winterbottom and his actors manage to underlay a melancholy note beneath the merriment, making "The Trip" even more satisfying. "
Bill Cunningham New York (2011)
"Richard Press' film is an affectionate look at a man who embodies the spirit of his cosmopolitan city, has discovered and documented trends in fashion for decades, and, along the way, may have figured out the secret to life. "
Winter in Wartime (2011)
In A Better World (2011)
The Music Never Stopped (2011)
13 Assassins (2011)
"It's an incredibly violent, insanely entertaining movie that features scores of baddies getting killed by sword, arrow, knife, boiling oil, even a stampede of bulls. Wait, check that. Not just bulls. Flaming bulls. "
The Tree of Life (2011)
The Art of Getting By (2011)
I Am (2011)
Meek's Cutoff (2011)
""Meek's Cutoff" works wonders even if you don't buy the political metaphor, instead appreciating the film as a historical survival tale and a meditation on the nature of trust - how others win it from us and why we give it to them. "
"It's especially striking how effectively Ramazotti's and Sandrelli's performances as Anna blend together so smoothly. Together, they create a portrait of a woman who lacked all the necessary skills to be a parent, except to fiercely love her children. "
Midnight in Paris (2011)
"It's a charming, fanciful comedy in the vein of "Bullets over Broadway" and "The Purple Rose of Cairo," the kind of movie I honestly thought Woody had lost the knack for. But you can never count him out. "
Super 8 (2011)
The Hangover Part II (2011)
"The only thing I can say for certain is that we can put our trust in the hands of a master filmmaker like Kiarostami, who engages the mind at the same time he pierces the heart. "Certified Copy" is the real deal. "
"He leaves a lot of loose ends in "Poetry," letting the viewer form his or her own interpretation of what happened and what it means. But the ending, especially the devastating final shots, feels complete and perfect. "
""Even The Rain" is alive to the political echoes that reverberate between the 500-year-old film-within-a-film and its contemporary setting. Sometimes those echoes get a little too loud, but in general, this is thoughtful and relevant filmmaking. "
Putty Hill (2011)
The Conspirator (2011)
Win Win (2011)
"It's easy to undervalue a movie like "Win Win," because it does seem so offhand and entertaining. But this is near-perfect filmmaking; not only does every piece fit together just right, but you forget there are even any pieces. "
Today's Special (2010)
White Material (2010)