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The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a fairy tale about parenting

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a modern-day fairy tale, but unlike most fairy tales, it's told from the perspective of the grownups rather than the child. It's a story about learning how to parent, accepting the mistakes that are inevitably made, and loving without possessing. >More
 A longtime marriage founders in the moving Hope Springs

Hope Springs isn't a great film, but it didn't have to be in order to distinguish itself. In a media landscape that only has eyes for the sex lives of nubile young things, Hope Springs' sincere and unembarrassed exploration of mature sexuality marks a welcome exception. >More
 The Queen of Versailles wallows in American materialism

One of my moviegoing pet peeves is documentaries that condescend to their subjects. So I was worried about seeing The Queen of Versailles, about a staggeringly wealthy couple's attempt to build a 90,000-foot house, America's largest. >More
 Total Recall remake doesn't match the original

Total Recall is the second feature-length adaptation of a paranoiac sci-fi story by Philip K. Dick, and this one may be more in tune with the bleak times we're living through. But it's also very much a product of director Len Wiseman. Fans of Paul Verhoeven's 1990 original will immediately notice a few major changes: no Schwarzenegger, no Mars, no exploding heads -- and, potentially the major deal-breaker, no sense of humor and precious little satire. >More
 An art thief gets played in Headhunters

"You don't need a Ph.D. to realize I overcompensate for my height," smirks Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie), the 5'6", po-faced corporate headhunter at the center of Headhunters. He works overtime trying to keep his Nordic goddess of a wife (Synnøve Macody Lund) luxuriously accommodated, but he isn't putting in extra hours at the office. Instead, Roger has a profitable sideline stealing expensive paintings. >More
 A little girl stars in the jaw-dropping Beasts of the Southern Wild

In Beasts of the Southern Wild, 6-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis, who may turn out to be the youngest actor ever to win an Academy Award) lives an almost feral existence on a wild, low-lying island of the Louisiana coast known as the Bathtub. Hushpuppy narrates her vivid life story in the particular manner of kids. >More
 Dark Horse is pure Todd Solondz

Todd Solondz's Dark Horse probably isn't going to make anyone's list of best date movies of 2012, but the director's claustrophobic vision of optimistic youth slowly curdling into a hellish maelstrom of middle-age malaise is still a fun ride if you enjoy that sort of thing. >More
 The Dark Knight Rises is more than mere entertainment

The Dark Knight Rises may be the darkest, the grimmest, the most depressing summer popcorn movie ever. It is not summery. It is not popcorny. There is no adventure. There is no escapism. There is only grinding reality. There can be no mistake that the people of Gotham are us, we 99% huddled in the dark and frantic for a hero we will not find. >More
 Wisconsin drive-ins are threatened by the conversion to digital projection

If you've never been to a real, all-American drive-in movie theater, you better go now. In a year, all but the strongest will be dead, thanks to a radical change in film projection. Wisconsin once boasted 79 drive-ins. Now there are 10. Four remain within easy driving distance of Madison, offering a rare glimpse of theater thrills from summers past. >More
 Oliver Stone returns to lurid filmmaking with Savages

Savages provides us with a glimpse at the Oliver Stone of yore, the director of lurid, visceral and menacing crime stories. We haven't seen much of that since Natural Born Killers and U-Turn. >More
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