Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)
"Why shoot a documentary about cave paintings in 3D? Is Werner Herzog crazy? The answer to the second question has always been, "quite possibly," but the answer to the first becomes apparent the first time he trains his camera on the cave walls."
Our Idiot Brother (2011)
A Separation (2011)
"The complex realities of human emotions and experience are more than sufficient to carry a film, and Farhadi doesn't let fussy direction or attempts to be overly clever get in the way of letting this brilliant, quietly insightful story unfold."
"A portrait of the birth of a fascist leader, Shakespeare's play sets his will to power in direct opposition to the people of Rome and their right to rule themselves. In modernizing the setting, Fiennes only makes the comparison more relevant."
In Darkness (2012)
"On the surface, In Darkness hits all the standard notes of Holocaust cinema...What sets it apart, though, is that subtle but unmistakeable undercurrent of anger, the sense that Holland is frustrated by the hate we all have inside of us."
Rundskop (Bullhead) (2012)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
A Dangerous Method (2011)
Young Adult (2011)
Le Havre (2011)
"While the film never reaches any hugely profound revelations with its parable-styled stories of compassion and community, and occasionally feels a little slight, it's also enormously enjoyable and gorgeous to watch."
The Sitter (2011)
The Descendants (2011)
"Payne has a particular skill for making movie stars seem like normal people, and the resolute normalcy of the cast helps to show Hawaii not as a resort paradise, but as a place like any other where people live, work, love, and die."
Like Crazy (2011)
In Time (2011)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
"Durkin lures us into the world of the cult slowly, just as Martha was, and the additive effect of gradually introducing its more extreme aspects is nearly imperceptible, yet as constricting as a slowly tightening vice."
Take Shelter (2011)
The Ides of March (2011)
"The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu is all about created perception, and Ujică brilliantly manages to craft a film that is not just about a real character, but a formal reflection of its subject."
Love Crime (2011)
"Every office scene feels so blatantly like an actor trying to create an approximation of what office work and banter feels like, that it amounts to spending the entirety of a marionette show watching the puppeteer and not the puppets."
"Refn accomplishes the near impossible in modern movies: combining uncompromising art-house style with the real potential for mass-market accessibility, in a pitch-perfect blend of pulp narrative and pure cinema."
The Guard (2011)
"While the film treads close to caricature at times, with standard-issue country cop vs. city cop conflicts, and a trio of self-consciously quirky baddies, McDonagh's wildly inventive writing compensates for any boilerplate aspects in the plot."
Point Blank (2011)
The Future (2011)
The Swell Season (2011)
"Their observational style, over the course of many weeks of shooting over a couple of years, yields some intensely personal footage of the tension of the road and the balancing of public and private personas."
Life in a Day (2011)
Project Nim (2011)
"It's the scab of decades-old tension between those involved in the experiment and its aftermath that Marsh wants to pick at; and it doesn't take much prodding before the conflicts and petty human jealousies rise to the top."
The Trip (2011)
"The pacing is entirely different from the television version, much tighter and with a sometimes too-hurried drive to get to the next destination. But taken on its own, it's still absolutely hilarious."
Green Lantern (2011)
"While it's nowhere near as good as obvious influences like Rushmore or Harold & Maude, it also mixes in enough of Ayoade's own voice, and an overriding love of cinema, to compensate for some of its more insistent affectations."
Super 8 (2011)
"While there's nothing wrong with looking back on 30-year-old Spielberg flicks, or 60-year-old sci-fi B-movies with rosy adoration, doing so to the point of subverting Abrams' own artistic voice mars what might have been great instead of just good."
The Tree of Life (2011)
"Just as The Tree of Life is the sort of movie we rarely see, the kind of thinking it provokes isn't the kind we engage in regularly. Malick makes a strong case for the notion that perhaps we should. "
Midnight in Paris (2011)
"Allen's self-directed criticism of nostalgia worshippers could still come off as hypocritical, but his inventive approach instead results in one of the most charming, funny, and genuinely likable films that he's made in years."
Meek's Cutoff (2011)