The Impossible (2012)
Les Misérables (2012)
Parental Guidance (2012)
Django Unchained (2012)
"There's a case to be made that blood-spattering revenge pictures, no matter how evil the villain, are cultural poison, but if this is what it takes to [get] Don Johnson as a dyed-in-the-wool racist done up as Colonel Sanders, well, so be it."
This is 40 (2012)
"Mostly succeeds on its own merits...[but] many comedic and musical distractions pad the 134-minute running time and stray from the implicit promise of that title: the film has little to say about middle age..."
The Guilt Trip (2012)
Jack Reacher (2012)
Chasing Ice (2012)
Holy Motors (2012)
Playing for Keeps (2012)
"Trek became famous in large part for its (often corny) science-fiction morality plays...Few episodes of either series achieve this goal more elegantly than Melinda Snodgrass' 'The Measure of a Man.' [Blu-ray]"
Finding Nemo (2003)
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Anna Karenina (2012)
Red Dawn (2012)
"John Milius' 1984 original may not have been a paragon of clear-headed foreign policy, but...Dan Bradley's remake predictably sidesteps-and, in one case, mocks-its source material's most interesting moments..."
Life of Pi (2012)
A Royal Affair (2012)
"This version...won't be remembered as a major one-it's too faithful and too wobbly for that-but it's an entertaining novelty version, largely justified by the casting and Gemignani's slavish devotion to the original Broadway orchestrations. [Blu-ray]"
Wreck-it Ralph (2012)
"Built for fun...in its dazzlingly elaborate production design and kinetic 3D action...perfect casting...Who Framed Roger Rabbit-esque video-game-character cameos, and a cramming of clever comic touches..."
The Sessions (2012)
Simon and the Oaks (2012)
Chasing Mavericks (2012)
"There’s a nobility in a well-made teen movie, not least because of the rarity of the breed...[this] sports movie concerned with the physical, emotional, and moral development of a young man fruitfully aspires to the likes of Breaking Away."
Cloud Atlas (2012)
"The Wachowskis and Tykwer are determined to make you understand eternity, and in that and only that, they succeed: by the time you get to the film's endless series of endings, you'll feel as if you've lived lifetimes."
"Strikes familiar notes of how the true 'savages' are the Englishmen...but in the end, the princess gives herself over to an Englishman and literally drifts away in the wrong direction of history. [Blu-ray]"
"It's hard to excuse the reconception of the eleven or twelve-year-old Pocahontas...as a statuesque supermodel, especially as kids don't need their stories to be hung on romance to deem them, err, shapely. [Blu-ray]"
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
"Smart enough to work on multiple levels: as a witty salute to masculine '70s cinema...as a deconstruction of same...and as an existential consideration of the role of self-expression in ascribing meaning to life..."
The Paperboy (2012)
Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
"Flipping the cautionary themes of Mary Shelley’s original source material, Frankenweenie plays out as a primarily pro-science parable...goes out of its way to encourage free-thinking square pegs to avoid gaping round holes."
Taken 2 (2012)
General Education (2012)
"What have I learned? High school movies can be duller—and more sour—than previously thought possible...The least generic element of General Education is its openly hostile attitude toward gay people. [Blu-ray]"
"Observe the white, middle-class American Catholic teenager in his natural habitat...Though we have, perhaps, never flaunted the fetching eyelashes and perfect skin of these curious creatures...have we not, in a sense, been there?"
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
Where Do We Go Now? (2012)
"Part religiopolitical satire, part smalltown sitcom, with a hint of romance, Where Do We Go Now? is pleasingly populated with "characters" and light farce that occasionally breaks out into a movie musical. "
End of Watch (2012)
The Master (2012)
"The Master begs for a reorientation of the viewer, perhaps requiring more than one viewing...there's nothing easy or conventional about this account of a doomed search for external meaning, doubling as a meditative tone poem on human frailty."
"Playing a character that's almost entirely unsympathetic, Gere demonstrates the outward charm that's allowed Miller to accumulate his wealth and status, as well as the abyss-staring soul his showmanship conceals."
The Words (2012)
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
The Rescuers (2014)
Robot & Frank (2012)