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Happy Christmas
Film Review: Happy Christmas

Joe Swanberg's latest feature is a collection of strong individual scenes and performances that never quite finds its statement of purpose. More »

Very Good Girls
Film Review: Very Good Girls

More of a meandering, misguided path than a road to hell, Naomi Foner’s directing debut, starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as 18-year-old BFFs, is similarly filled with good intentions. More »

The Kill Team
Film Review: The Kill Team

Marine Adam Winfield goes on trial in a case in which U.S. soldiers murdered innocent Afghanis. Strong subject marred by poor narrative choices. More »

The Divine Move
Film Review: The Divine Move

Excessive violence and off-the-wall plotting undermine an intriguing game-based premise. More »

Beneath
Film Review: Beneath

Claustrophobics beware: For the bulk of this tightly constructed thriller, the characters are trapped 600 feet underground in a dark, aging coal mine, backed into one tight space after another as they try to elude someone or something with murderous intentions. You have been warned. More »

Ironclad: Battle for Blood
Film Review: Ironclad: Battle for Blood

The sequel to Ironclad (2011), a gritty, downbeat medieval drama in which disagreements are settled on the edge of a sword, Battle for Blood continues to make 13th-century England look like a truly wretched place to live or, more often, die in. But while it delivers some strong battle sequences, the characters are less vividly drawn than in its predecessor. More »

Cannibal
Film Review: Cannibal

The fact that this gripping and unsettling study of the psychopathic mind also magically manages to be very moving brings potential mainstream appeal to its ostensibly art-house subject. More »

My Man is a Loser
Film Review: My Man is a Loser

This formulaic sex farce is rescued by sharp comedic performances. More »

Momo
Film Review: Letter to Momo

Literally beset by goblins, this strained animated effort should have concentrated on the human elements of its story rather than the supernatural. More »

A Master Builder
Film Review: A Master Builder

A personal project which should have stayed personal, this turgid yet flat Ibsen adaptation is third-time unlucky for Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory. More »

Fanny
Film Review: Fanny

"Classic" is a word all too casually bandied about, but for Daniel Auteuil's screen adaptation of this beloved French trilogy it is completely apropos. More »

Alive Inside
Film Review: Alive Inside

Incredibly moving and powerful documentary about combatting Alzheimer's with music. Without the use of a single CGI effect, you see literal miracles happening here. More »

A Five Star Life
Film Review: A Five Star Life

With a lot of travelogue-type footage and some introspection, director Maria Sole Tognazzi’s A Five Star Life finds a new angle to the women’s issues we thought we already settled, or at least had enough of for now. More »

Aftermath
Film Review: Aftermath

Imagine Night of the Living Dead, then take away the zombies and add radiation sickness: The result would be something like this claustrophobic post-nuclear apocalypse tale about how quickly civilized people revert once civilization is gone. More »

Persecuted
Film Review: Persecuted

Neither its religious message nor its ridiculous plot are remotely convincing. More »

Mood Indigo
Film Review: Mood Indigo

An excessively whimsical romance that’s undone by cartoonish performances and direction by Michel Gondry that practically bludgeons viewers via cutesy formal trickery. More »

Video Games: The Movie
Film Review: Video Games: The Movie

You'd have to be a real noob to glean anything substantial from this superficial, haphazardly structured primer on videogame history. More »

Double Play
Film Review: Double Play

Low-budget documentary celebrates left-field movie mavericks. More »

I Origins
Film Review: I Origins

This unfinished-feeling, lovesick fantasy from the maker of Another Earth pairs a fatalistic romance with a fuzzy-headed take on the science-vs.-religion debate. More »

A Long Way Down
Film Review: A Long Way Down

The plot of A Long Way Down is as awkward and as annoying as they come, but some really good acting by the film’s four major stars almost makes this one worth seeing. Almost. More »

Land Ho
Film Review: Land Ho!

A pair of seniors find friendship and renewal on a road trip through Iceland, but the journey is flatlined by lack of incident and tedious naturalism. More »

Rage
Film Review: Rage

In different hands, Rage could have been a devastating chronicle of the sins of the fathers being visited on their children, friends and random unfortunates. But Andalusian filmmaker Paco Cabezas, making his English-language directing debut, is unable to keep the complicated story and international cast in line; the results are never dull but are sometimes unintentionally hilarious. More »

Affluenza
Film Review: Affluenza

Handsome-looking but all-too-familiar drama about wealthy Long Island teens with too much money and time on their hands makes no inroads into the adolescent angst that afflicts the silver-spoon set. Like the recent and aggressively marketed Palo Alto, a screen pulse may awaken in ancillaries. More »

Underwater Dreams
Film Review: Underwater Dreams

As captivating as it is important, Mary Mazzio's seemingly modest tract about immigration achievement grabs you by the heart, as it grows and grows into something big and vital. More »

Made in America
Film Review: Made in America

The unlikely team-up of rapper/businessman Jay Z and filmmaker Ron Howard doesn't result in odd-couple fireworks. Try familiar yawns instead. More »

Road to Paloma
Film Review: Road to Paloma

A one-note on-the-lam saga that’s primarily notable for its simplistic celebration of the outlaw life through endless shots of writer/director/star Jason Momoa in sunset silhouette. More »

Honour
Film Review: Honour

Keep murder in the family. More »

The Empty Hours
Film Review: The Empty Hours

Extremely leisurely but never dull, this sensitively made film is filled with a radiant performance from Venezuelan actress Adriana Paz. More »

As It Is in Heaven
Film Review: As It Is in Heaven

This assured debut feature quietly ratchets up the tension. More »

Closed Curtain
Film Review: Closed Curtain

Closed Curtain is the second movie in Jafar Panahi’s ongoing defiance of the filmmaking ban imposed on him in Iran, the title a metaphor for his contemplation of oblivion. More »

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