When Beyonce's brisk female-empowerment jam "Run the World (Girls)" kicks off a key musical number in "Pitch Perfect 2," it plays as something of a mission statement for the film itself.
"Why have a ballroom with no balls?" trilled Princess Anna in Disney's 2013 smash "Frozen," voicing the social (and perhaps sexual) yearnings of any number of repressed, restless princesses in the…
Various forms of physical and psychic pain are endured by the talky New Yorkers peopling "Anesthesia," the fifth feature by actor-director Tim Blake Nelson; as unwittingly promised by the title…
They may be dead-eyed, gray-skinned and determinedly brain-hungry, but zombies have feelings too in "Maggie," an improbably bred but surprisingly humane hybrid of flesh-eater horror and young-adult…
There was a time when a Neil LaBute film titled "Dirty Weekend" might have promised a veritable buffet of social and sexual provocations.
For viewers still waiting for the indefinitely delayed third "Bridget Jones" film, Ben Palmer's easy, breezy romantic comedy "Man Up" offers a pleasant sense of deja vu.
Drastic extremes of poverty and privilege have long been interlocked in Johannesburg, yet while the city's reputation as a township-encircled crime capital has informed the likes of "Tsotsi" and…
James Franco works so prolifically these days that he's bound to repeat himself now and again: In "The Adderall Diaries," for example, he chalks up his second performance this year as an emotionally…
For any viewers partial to the mechanics of Michael Bay's "Transformers" films but not their steely factory finish, British family flick "Robot Overlords" may work as a wonky diversion.
Relative to its fellow grand European capitals, Berlin's potential as a romantic playground has been rather under-explored on film, which is reason enough to welcome Lulu Wang's slight, sprightly…
Specific cultural and political accents flavor universal coming-of-age territory in Josh Kim's appealing, unassuming "How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)."