Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Project X (2012)
We Bought a Zoo (2011)
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
"This is a dizzyingly fun adventure film that achieves the not-insignificant feat of delivering a big, 3D state-of-the-art crowd pleaser while staying true to the quirky two-dimensional charms of the original comics. "
"The result is a film that doesn't chart the rise and fall of the black power movement, and viewers unfamiliar with civil rights history will likely be lost. But it does give insight into the frustration and anger that sparked the movement. "
The Skin I Live In (2011)
"Von Trier finds a way to give his characters a moment of grace, of the sort we're not used to seeing in his films. That feels like artistic growth, even if he had to destroy the world to get there. "
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
"Olsen shows us the contradicting emotions churning in Martha, suggesting each emotion subtly with a flick of her eyes or a twist of her mouth. Her deeply felt, haunting performance, and the movie, are very hard to shake. "
Take Shelter (2011)
Higher Ground (2011)
Like Crazy (2011)
"Yelchin ("Star Trek") and Jones have a terrific, deep rapport on camera, and the result is that rare movie romance that feels organic and authentic, not the product of a screenwriter's imagination. "
Love Crime (2011)
The Descendants (2011)
The Future (2011)
"Many viewers, especially her detractors, can't see the forest for the twee in July's films. That's certainly true of "The Future" - but burrow down past the creepy-cutesy touches, and you find a film that's painfully real. "
Tower Heist (2011)
"The term "crowd-pleaser" is usually meant as a bad thing, something that's trying to be all things to all people. But "Tower Heist" is a quick-witted, light-footed action comedy that would genuinely please a crowd. "
The Whistleblower (2011)
Margin Call (2011)
""Margin Call" is a terrific film no matter what side of the police line the viewer is on, with a fantastic cast and sharp and smart writing that attempts to explain what went wrong without getting bogged down in details. "
The Devil's Double (2011)
Life, Above All (2011)
The Ides of March (2011)
Point Blank (2011)
"It's over too quickly; you wish Cavayé could have found one more twist at the end to keep things going. Then again, there's nothing wrong with a film's running time being as lean and mean as its plot. "
Another Earth (2011)
Shut Up Little Man! (2011)
Life in a Day (2011)
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 First Grader (2011)
Joueuse (Queen to Play) (2011)