by Jen Chaney
Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker’s beautiful documentary profiles the man who has inhabited the suit and soul of Sesame Street’s most recognizable resident for 45 years.
Gifted French director Bertrand Bonello (House Of Pleasures) avoids many biopic pitfalls in his fictional portrait of designer Yves Saint Laurent. But his stylish approach can’t mask the shapelessness of his story.
A box-office smash in its native Sweden, Felix Herngren’s whimsical comedy about a 100-year-old’s various intersections with history recalls Forrest Gump, though it’s more sharply observed.
This mesmerizing documentary tracks New York policeman Michael Dowd through a late-1980s rampage of theft, bribery, drugs, and other Martin Scorsese-ready corruption.
Helen Hunt’s second directorial effort finds her playing an uptight New Yorker changed by California.
Director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration) turns Thomas Hardy’s classic novel into a powerful feminist prestige drama, centered on Carey Mulligan’s unorthodox turn as a woman pursued by three suitors.
After serving 12 years for killing a man in a drunken slap fight, a former boxer (Sean Bean) tries to get his life back together in Rustam Branaman’s lifeless, vaguely faith-based drama.
Shira Piven’s delightfully unexpected comedy stars Kristen Wiig as an eccentric, lonely TV addict who uses her lottery winnings to create an Oprah-like talk show around herself.
The latest from Rubber and Wrong director Quentin Dupieux goes further and further down the rabbit hole.
Loosely adapted from Albert Camus’ short story “The Guest,” David Oelhoffen’s refreshingly sincere Western follows a schoolteacher (Viggo Mortensen) in 1950s Algeria who must escort a confessed killer to trial.
Writer-director Joss Whedon improves on the first Avengers movie with an exciting, fast-paced superhero adventure that serves its many characters while weighing the difficulties of doing the right thing in a complicated world.
George Hencken’s documentary profile of Spandau Ballet, the New Romantic band responsible for hits like “True” and “Gold,” connects the group’s rise with the cultural conditions of a Britain in decline.
The similarities between Marie Heurtin, a blind-deaf French woman who learned to communicate in the late 1800s, and America’s Helen Keller don’t bode well for a biopic that follows a similar trajectory.
This amiable, low-key profile documentary—one of the last from Gimme Shelter director Albert Maysles—doesn’t do much more than observe fashion icon Iris Apfel around New York. It’s enough.
Russell Crowe’s feature directorial debut casts him as a father looking for the bodies of his sons on a Turkish battlefield.
As the central sequin in this glittering romantic tapestry, Blake Lively brings subtlety and glamour to the role of a 29-year-old who never ages, for enjoyably preposterous reasons.
Enhanced by access to the artist’s archives, Brett Morgen’s look at the life of Kurt Cobain avoids rehashing familiar facts in favor of finding the man beneath them.
In detailing the challenges of maintaining the Kunsthistorisches art museum in Vienna, Johannes Holzhausen’s documentary attempts a direct-cinema approach similar to Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery, but the comparison does it no favors.
In the latest faith-driven entertainment, a pint-sized 7-year-old boy growing up in small-town California during World War II betters himself by ticking off a checklist called “The Seven Corporal Works Of Mercy.”
As a financial wiz who radically changes his life after a Wall Street debacle, co-writer/star Nick Kroll makes an awkward shift from ubiquitous comedy star to dreary dramatic actor.