"The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe, anyone? But where the film leads as if by chance in a surprising second direction, is an ideological conflict running parallel to racial issues. Namely, this mom's post-Soviet longing for allegiance to the collective. "
La fée (The Fairy) (2012)
Never Stand Still (2012)
American Reunion (2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
"What does amaze along the way, with comical pit stops like Peter's sudden yen for pigging out on quite frozen mac and cheese, is the distraught young male world of powerless patriarchs and bad dad role models. Sometimes I feel like a fatherless child. "
Madea's Witness Protection (2012)
"Perry sustains an infusion of tangy wit, as he mines the cultural and economic but primarily racial disconnects and divides of this nation. With a charmingly sweet and sour, more buoyant than boisterous Perry this time around, playfully at the helm. "
Dark Horse (2012)
"Somewhat of a sinister Hyde to Woody Allen's Dr Jekyll, counting inner aura and image, Solondz taps into pervasive suburban despair that could qualify as one of Dante's Circles of Hell, by way of the Long Island Expressway. Love In The Time Of Hepatitis. "
The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)
"A solemn poetic tale, but not without moments of tenderly wrought humor resisting the consuming darkness. Owing to the film's always truthful, naked emotion, and the depth and richness of Freeman's performance and of Virginia Madsen's as well. "
The Artist (2011)
21 Jump Street (2012)
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
To Rome with Love (2012)
"A cast of familiar but never tedious Woody characters sprung from his humble, neurotic imagination, that he is never shy about sharing. And seemingly eager as always to engage the audience as his personal metaphorical shrink. Woody takes a guilt trip. "
"Bittersweet, Greek coming-of-age drama about an inexperienced young woman who explores bisexuality while caring for her terminally-ill father. "
Tyler Perry's Good Deeds (2012)
"Religious zealots and nonbelievers alike run amok, as discussions abound about post-mortem polygamy and romance materializing in outer space in the afterlife This, as erotic police handcuffs and Mitt Romney intimations kick in. Sex, Lies and Mormons. "
The Dictator (2012)
"Sacha mixes rowdy with ridiculously regal as the cuddle-deprived dictatorial jaded stud, fleeing for his life to Brooklyn. And discovering via the new and different boyish babe Anna Faris, sexual self-entertainment and how erotic hairy armpits can be. "
Dark Shadows (2012)
"Stylishly surreal, gleefully macabre and visually daring with a trippy Depp/Green sex scene kicking in, this generation gap vampire romp runs on youthful rebellion in perpetuity. In other words, don't trust anyone over two hundred. Twilight on acid. "
Girl In Progress (2012)
"A plot with a far too self-conscious main character functioning more as tour guide than dramatically spontaneous protagonist. And a narrative running on a perpetually pouting young teen's social calendar checklist, dragging its way to the finish line. "
The Perfect Family (2012)
"Religion butts heads mercilessly with romance in this ironically titled dysfunctional family values dramedy. But the premeditated plot points are simply too blatantly stacked against traditional matrimonial tribes, in favor of idealized same sex unions. "
Monsieur Lazhar (2012)
"Notions of class, cultural, ideological and emotional violence - or perhaps a little of each - take on vastly difference meanings in this sensitively woven French Canadian journey through Algerian exile, student angst and outsider alienation "
The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)
American Reunion (2012)
"Thinly drawn grossout geeks, with a backdrop of bland bottle blonde bimbos. While stealing the show is Eugene Levy doing his own memory lane thing, high on clandestine reefer and hallucinating the lunacy and lingo of the love generation. You go, Dad. "
L!fe Happens (2012)
"A kind of Sex And The City: The Next Generation, the movie is a combo vivacious, tart, sweet and sassy 21st century sex romp that impresses with female screen sensibility on the edge. And its own wild opinionated take on roommates, romance and rubbers. "
La délicatesse (Delicacy) (2012)
"Tautou gets to be the guy this time around, in this gender role reversal, sexual harassment workplace satire. And in turning the tables and sexually harassing the men around her with ample wit and wisdom, she subverts existing notions of male desire. "
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)
"Oddly enough, in much the same way that a master chef excels in miraculously transforming a soggy fish into a tasty dinner special, the director somehow magically spins a euphoric, emotionally convincing tale from an exceedingly eccentric premise or two. "
"The young black director goes old school, delving into the political oppression and destruction of his once thriving Detroit. Touching on the ravages of the Rust Belt, the Motown renaissance, and not unrelated Northern Ireland and US invasion of Iraq. "
Seeking Justice (2012)
"Cage's Faustian bargain with devils in his midst elicits some worst instincts. Rather than say biding time until revenge is more sensibly a dish best served cold. Which feels like a freaky futuristic urban fairy tale, and as familiar as the evening news. "
The Mighty Macs (2011)
Tower Heist (2011)
La fée (The Fairy) (2012)
J. Edgar (2011)
Tiny Furniture (2010)
An Inconsistent Truth (2012)
"According to radio crock jock turned smug, wag the dog film narrator Phil Valentine, if pollution has you under the weather, so to speak, it's all a 'Branch AlGorian' figment of your imagination. Who knows, but let's toast to that. Pass the fossil fuel. "
The Convincer (Thin Ice) (2012)
"A daffy when not devilish dissection of the human rat race. And a bible belt trickster noir that gets it just right when wildly conning the audience too, with a character-driven abundance of shrewdly crafted storytelling. "
Rundskop (Bullhead) (2012)
"Assorted dark sides clash, with both heartbreaking and repugnant violence. Summoning sympathy when not terror, for this artificially enhanced manimalized yet broken man. In any case, Twilight fans especially, it is not recommended to try this at home. "
Thunder Soul (2011)
"Exposes the politics of war movies; scarred troops on meds sent back into combat; the dirty truth about child solders in the US military; and so-called 'peace nazis'. And why 'This Is Where We Take Our Stand is a film that needs to be in the world.' "
The Dish & The Spoon (2012)
"Less dish than dishrag, Greta's broken woman does a stunning, kind of Albert Nobbs role reversal stud predator in drag. But this road movie detour into destination cautionary cougar romance, is not nearly as daring as its whimsical if troubled humans. "
"Wallis' peeved social butterfly martini mixer maven behind retro UK palace closed doors alternates with Wally's antique shopaholic royal fetish freak, in this gloomy time travel girl bonding get-together. One makes a great martini, the other doesn't. "
The Grey (2012)
"A man versus wolf saga up in Alaska - and no, nothing to do with Sarah Palin. But food for thought, in a wild dog eat dog buffet for real, are different survival instincts perhaps of working stiffs, as opposed to say, stranded tourists or businessmen. "
The City Dark (2012)
"Crafted as mournful meditation that is both sobering and sublime, personal and global, the doc is a poetic and political challenge to the notion of human progress. And where civilization may have won the battle against primitive life, but lost the war. "
The Iron Lady (2012)
"Thatcher is portrayed as virtually showing up out of nowhere in Parliament for no compelling reason in particular, and instantly whipping all those male wimp politicians into line. When actually groomed the other way around, and not unlike Sarah Palin. "
"Facinelli, alias well behaved bloodsucker Dr. Carlisle Cullen, has moves on screen that display a notable talent for extending that previous narrow range. But the unremarkable romance in the story could have definitely benefited from a lot more bite. "