Victim of Circumstance

This drama’s calling card: Iranian teen lesbians in trouble.
Sometimes the idea of a movie is more powerful than the movie itself. That’s certainly the case with Circumstance, which won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. At its infrequent best, this lesbian rom...

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OPENING Abduction (PG-13) Taylor Lautner stars in John Singleton’s action-adventure film as a teenager who’s sucked into an espionage plot after discovering his own picture on a web site devoted to missing children. Also wi...

Moneyball: A’s for Effort

This baseball movie for brainiacs is unflashy and productive.
The Oakland A’s are currently a distant third in the American League West behind Anaheim and our own Texas Rangers. Though they made the playoffs several times in the early ’00s, the team never won a World Series and has be...

Among the Killer Elite

Survival is all that matters in Jason Statham’s latest and cruelest.
Seeing the poster for yet another Jason Statham movie, you’re probably thinking that Killer Elite is exactly like all the others. You’re right, too, except that it’s actually quite good. That’s the thing about Jason Sta...

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OPENING: Straw Dogs (R) Rod Lurie’s remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 thriller stars James Marsden and Kate Bosworth as a married couple who come into deadly conflict with the locals when they move back to her hometown in the ...

Winding Drive

Ryan Gosling fuels this great, strange, romantic thriller.
Oh, damn, Ryan Gosling is cool. He’s so cool that it hurts you deep inside. He has become famous as a romantic lead, and indeed his half-smile is enough to melt the stoniest heart. He flashes it occasionally in Drive, but tha...

How She Does It

Sarah Jessica Parker stars as a woman who has it all.
In our post-Oprah era, the overachieving mother who balances a high-profile job with keeping a perfect house and happy marriage should make for a fairly interesting film, one in which the compulsions to get everything 100 perce...

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OPENING: Bellflower (R) Evan Glodell writes, directs, and stars in this micro-budget action film as a young man with apocalyptic fantasies who goes off the deep end after his girlfriend (Jessie Wiseman) ends their affair. Also ...

They Call Me Warrior

This effective generic drama uses MMA as a hook.
The powers that be are marketing Warrior as a mixed-martial arts movie, but it’s not really about MMA any more than The Social Network was about Facebook. It’s really a story of two brothers from working-class Pennsylvania ...

Apollo 18: Stuck in Orbit

This “found-footage” fright about a secret NASA mission comes close to frightening but doesn’t land.
The “found-footage” subgenre of horror movies is pretty hit and miss. For every The Last Exorcism, there’s a Diary of the Dead (sorry, Romero fans). Still, the conceit can provide an interesting setup for a well-made movi...