Beyond the Lights Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood

A Star Is Born

By any measure, you won’t forget Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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Suraj Sharma as Pi, with shipmate

Hold That Tiger

Brilliant cinema in the service of one-size-fits-all faith.

Dec 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 15

Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper

Unreal City

Is it possible not to feel good after seeing a feel-good movie?

Dec 17, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 14

Daniel Day Lewis

A Lincoln Portrait

The Great Emancipator transcends the material, as usual.

Dec 10, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 13

James Bond

The Inner Bond

A therapeutic thriller featuring the usual suspects.

Nov 26, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 11

Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez

Escape from Tehran

A good movie might have been great without the polemics.

Oct 29, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 07

Anna Kendrick as Beca


Young love and young standards sound good.

Oct 22, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 06

Joaquin Phoenix

Passeth Understanding

An impressive rendition of nothing at all.

Oct 15, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 05

The Book of Mormon: The Musical

Innocence of Mormons

How two cultures respond to criticism.

Oct 8, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 04

A stuntman runs from a car crash

Try, Try Again

Sometimes the trip back to the drawing board is worth the trouble.

Sep 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 02

Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf

Bootleggers’ Blues

More whiskey, and less poetry, might have worked.

Sep 10, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 48

Tom Mankiewicz

A Fan’s Notes

This movie masterpiece comes in printed form.

Sep 3, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 47

Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep in Hope Springs

Holy Deadlock

After 31 years of marriage, what is holding them together?

Aug 27, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 46

Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell

Satire It Isn’t

‘The Campaign’ is a near-total loss.

Aug 20, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 45

Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano

The Dreamgirl

A writer’s creation comes to life—and then some.

Aug 13, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 44

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne

Evil Undone

The moral clarity of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series.

Jul 30, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 43

Steven Soderbergh, 2011

Magic Steven

A prodigious filmmaker at the crossroads.

Jul 23, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 42

Photo of the characters from Girls

‘Girls’ Are All Right

Messy lives make a tasty serial.

Jun 25, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 39

Kristen Stewart as Snow White

Grimm Tidings

This is funny, but it’s not supposed to be.

Jun 11, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 37

Jack Black in Bernie

Killer Angel

A mesmerizing tale starring the nice people of Carthage, Texas.

Jun 4, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 36

Dame Maggie Smith

Geezers’ Delight

A fable for the underserved, over-50 crowd.

May 28, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 35

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