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Movie Reviews Archive

April 16, 2012
Bonjour, Les Enfants

Troubled kids meet troubled teacher, unsentimentally, in Monsieur Lazhar.

April 9, 2012
Life Is a Cabaret

The preppy young women of Damsels in Distress think all the world needs is a few more tap shoes.

March 5, 2012
If Ingmar Bergman Were Funny

Friends With Kids is the best breeder movie in years.

March 5, 2012
The Patchouli Premise

Wanderlust takes a weary idea (city slickers move to a commune) and somehow gets new laughs.

February 20, 2012
Losing the Peace

Return avoids every cliché of the coming-home-from-battle genre—and finds power in silence.

February 13, 2012
Schindler in the Sewers

In Darkness tells an ethically complex story of Jews concealed under the streets of Poland.

February 6, 2012
A Month of Bummers

In this chilly gray season, four new films that don’t do uplift.

January 30, 2012
Costume Drama

In Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close becomes fear personified.

January 9, 2012
Iranian Devolution

In the downcast, amazing world of A Separation, every single character comes up short in life.

January 2, 2012
Many Happy Returns

Year-end films have it all: solemnity (War Horse), enchantment (We Bought a Zoo), and nervy tearjerking (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close).