The Dark Knight Rises: In Christopher Nolan's final, beautifully written Batman film, despotism descends on Gotham, and billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has turned recluse. This may be the darkest popcorn movie ever.
- MaryAnn Johanson
Hope Springs: A couple mired in an unsatisfying marriage (Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones) go on a retreat helmed by a famed relationship therapist (Steve Carell). A smart, sensitive script explores their vulnerabilities and elicits a few chuckles.
- Kimberley Jones