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."
Tower Heist (2011)
La fée (The Fairy) (2012)
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."
"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."
Semper Fi: Always Faithful (2011)
"Beyond heartbreaking are scenes of afflicted Marine families and workers at Camp Lejeune giving testimony to a corporate-biased panel, who seemingly couldn't care less. And what the Tea Party and GE may have to do with all of this, but aren't talking. "
The Price of Sex (2010)
"Chakarova takes it personally in this dangerous mission, and goes undercover as a sex slave to explore what happened to all those disappeared young women forced into the international sex trade and why, as she defiantly enters 'the mouth of the wolf.' "
The Harder They Fall (1956)
"Honored as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema by the American Film Institute, the late iconic Humphrey Bogart is now similarly memorialized with the re-release of this screen classic compilation."
"The 'mysteries of daily exchange' resonate within, including windows with breads artfully shaped by hand, conjured incidental street magic, and pen and papers instead of cash registers. And where the word consumerism has amazingly, never been uttered. "
Pink Saris (2010)
The Look (2011)
The Descendants (2011)
"A richly rewarding, originally conceived, at times even oddly humorous and exquisite, sensitively crafted film. And in which Clooney continues to move beyond movie star vehicles, and venture into risky roles like this bad dad, with humbling grace. "
J. Edgar (2011)
"Leonardo dolls up for danger? Okay, so there is a brief moment in J. Edgar where he dons his dead mother's dress and pearls. But maybe in a Norman Bates moment, he just misses her. In any case sorry, Clint did not make my day. "
"A kind of equal opportunity economic hard times cinema proclaiming that Occupy Wall Street attitude is not just for grownups, the movie poses the question: What's a One Percent spoiled tween to do when dumped CEO Dad's credit cards are beyond maxed out."
Five Star Day (2011)
"A tale worthy of a Shakespeare play in its own right when not more suited for the Enquirer, the film is striking to behold. But a great deal longer than it needs to be, tossing in homicidal swordplay, vintage boy toys and kinky inbred royal closet lust."
My Reincarnation (2011)
"An intriguing, Marjoe-esque adventure, highlighting how a corporate position at IBM might have belatedly led a reluctant, designated-demigod down a path of enlightenment lined by throngs of gullible devotees-in-waiting. "
The Big Year (2011)
Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011)
"UK filmmaker Nick Broomfield penetrates Palin's in absentia bubbly facade to uncover the right wing evangelical politician's connections to the Koch Brothers, Rupert Murdoch, the Tea Party and intimations of the Antichrist."
The Ides of March (2011)
"More than a cut above disease dramas, 50/50 spins eccentric humor out of savage heartbreak. And targets both the sick and supportive with equal opportunity satirical relish, that taunts without trivializing the human condition as universal borrowed time"
Art History (2011)
Viva Riva! (2011)
The Weird World of Blowfly (2011)
"No stranger to drug paraphernalia himself, Evans as danger junkie Weiss is deep into coke and hookers, when not stumbling into court ready to rumble over suspect syringes. Captain America sticks it to the differently dangerous medical establishment. "
I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)
"Despite dredging up dramedy from dashing between say, Euro power lunches and racing home to defrost the caviar, the movie does manage to stay afloat, owing to that SJP charm and anti-chick flick admonition: 'Trying to be a man is a waste of a woman.' "
I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)