3D, phooey. IMAX, meh. Motion-capture, whatever. If you want real movie enchantment, forget the technical geegaws. "The Artist," a gleefully inventive, gloriously entertaining black-and-white silent, proves that less is more. It's a rocket to the moon fueled by unadulterated joy and pure imagination.
Just in time for the family-friendly holiday is Steven Spielberg's sweeping, historical epic "War Horse."
"Weekend," directed and written by Andrew Haigh, is an unflinching look at intimacy with an exterior of unfussy realism and a core of philosophic archetypes.
In "Man on a Ledge," a man named Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) checks into the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, orders a champagne lunch and then climbs out of the window of his room on the 21st floor, threatening to jump.
"Din Tao: Leader of the Parade" (陣頭) is about renewing the spiritual credibility of "Din Tao" by filling traditional symbols with new inspirations, and about reconciling rifts between generations, between rival troupes, and between cosmopolitan and homegrown cultures.
If Batman and the X-Men get prequels, why not Hunter S. Thompson?
Directed by Taiwanese filmmaker Teng Yung-shin (鄧勇星), "Return Ticket" (到阜陽六百里) is the kind of film about Shanghai that rarely plays in a theater near you.
Luscious visuals have long defined Pedro Almodovar's films, and that is true as well of his latest, "The Skin I Live In." It's beautifully shot, crisp and vibrant, and features impeccable production design as you would expect from the detail-oriented Spanish master.
When powerful men amass their armies and go to battle in a tight political race, even the most idealistic and fervent political junkies may find their faith tested, if not obliterated.
The post-war Bosnia drama "The Whistleblower" earns high marks for its humanitarian intentions and for Rachel Weisz's steely performance as an American cop-turned-peacekeeper who exposes a sex-trafficking ring.