Movie ReviewsReviews of new movies, classic and art films, foreign films, and popular movies. Featuring Bob Mondello, Kenneth Turan, David Edelstein, and Mark Jenkins.
Lost In The Stream: Children play in a New York fountain on July 24, 2010. Beyond being filmed on the same date on the same planet, the film's amateur footage lacks unifying vision.
National Geographic Films
Cop And A Laugh: Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson, right) finds his routine indulgences challenged by the presence of straight-laced FBI Agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) in his small Irish patrol. The pair must work together to track down a trio of dope smugglers.
Jonathan Hession/Sony Pictures Classics
Love, Sick: Cal (Steve Carell) gets thrown into hapless bachelorhood when he discovers that his wife has been cheating on him. Even as he gradually eases back into the single life, he still pines for the stability (and woman) he once thought he had.
En Pointe: Nurse-trainee Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) is on the run for much of Point Blank, which finds him outmaneuvering (and eventually succumbing to) bad guys as a consequence of saving a mysterious man's life.
Bluest Hand In The West: Daniel Craig is the strong, silent type in Cowboys & Aliens, playing an mysterious outsider with a connection to the space invaders who have descended on the film's mining town. But his classic Western antihero can't defeat the film's cold, rote special effects.
Zade Rosenthal/Universal Studios
A Fun, Sexy Time: Jamie (Mila Kunis) and Dylan (Justin Timberlake) both enjoy having sex with each other, but without the messy relationship stuff that so often gets in the way of the romantic comedies they watch together. They naively believe their titular arrangement will solve their problems.
Glen Wilson/Sony Pictures
Lost In The World: The humongous shadow of a just-emerged planet exactly like our own engulfs the life of Rhoda (Brit Marling), for whom another earth represents redemption. The film is most effective when it discards its own space junk and focuses on the simple story of a girl and her planet.
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Unlocked Baggage: In Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) is writing an article about a historical atrocity as she and her husband move into one of the properties where it took place. The film's obvious script spells out the situational irony a bit too cleanly.
Julien Bonet/The Weinstein Company
The American Way: A military genetics experiment transforms 98-pound weakling Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) into the iconic red, white and blue crusader. Cap must balance superheroics with his patriotic duty to sell war bonds.
Jay Maidment/Paramount Pictures
Dancing With Elephants: Svetlana Geier, a Ukranian fluent in German, survived the reigns of both Stalin and Hitler. She channeled her grim past into a career translating Feodor Dostoevsky's dense classics, like Crime and Punishment.
The Story Of Her Life: Joyce McKinney's scheme to deprogram Mormon missionary Kirk Anderson involved her tracking him to England, shackling him to a bed and burning his "magic underwear." In their race to keep up with her exploits, the gossip rags of the day rewrote the rules on tabloid journalism.
Lifeblood: In her acting debut, Khomotso Manyaka plays Chanda, a girl from a remote South African village who witnesses the exile of her disease-riddled mother from the community. Chanda's journey to find her will take the girl through the worst of a country that's been through considerable turmoil.
Sony Pictures Classics
Broken Family Tree: Dawn (Charlotte Gainsbourg) witnesses her husband suffer a fatal heart attack on the front lawn of their Outback home and becomes paralyzed with grief, unable to provide proper care for her children. Her feelings, and everyone else's, are visualized by the omnipresent tree.
Baruch Rafic/Zeitgeist Films