Even after a relentless, decade-long pursuit that leads to the daring midnight raid of Osama bin Laden's compound, even as she unzips the body bag to verify that the bloody corpse inside is indeed that of the slain al-Qaida leader, Jessica Chastain's CIA officer character is defined primarily by her femininity in this male-dominated world.
David Cronenberg loses himself in the florid soliloquies of Don DeLillo in "Cosmopolis," the filmmaker's creepy, cryptic and ever-so-chatty take on DeLillo's novel of the Wall Street "1 percent."
Here's how surprisingly effective "Hope Spring" is: It will make you want to go home and have sex with your spouse afterward. Or at least share a longer hug or a more passionate kiss.
Jack Kerouac's stream of consciousness novel "On the Road" comes to the screen more or less intact as a not-altogethersatisfying road trip into the Beat Era. The "Motorcycle Diaries" team of director Walter Salles and screenwriter Jose Rivera have made an "unfilmable book" cinematically coherent, capturing the geographical possibilities, the feel and flavor of this blend of biography and Beatnik history.
Finally -- finally! -- the "Twilight" franchise embraces its own innate absurdity with the gleefully over-the-top conclusion, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2."
Although its name doesn't indicate it clearly, "When a wolf falls in love with a sheep" recounts a love encounter between two young adults who've lost their purpose, searching for their next step in life.