Jason Bateman stars in and directs this exuberantly foul-mouthed and mean-spirited comedy, an often uproarious model of sharp scripting and spirited acting.
The teenage years can, don't we all know, be an alienating experience, even when you don't have an actual alien trapped inside your body.
With "Identity Thief," Melissa McCarthy proves she's got what it takes to carry a feature, however meager the underlying material.
Congratulations are most definitely not in order.
The 2011 skew is due in part to HPA's eligibility period, which begins Sept. 7, 2011 and cuts off at Sept. 10, 2012, leaving out a number of this year's below-the-line award contenders.
An intense three-hour mental workout rewarded with a big emotional payoff, "Cloud Atlas" suggests that all human experience is connected in the pursuit of freedom, art and love.
A smart, high-toned Wall Street drama that should pay dividends for the right distrib.
Nothing's quite as it seems in "Dream House," an initially teasing variation on the haunted-house movie that pivots in a radically different, uninspired direction.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" surges ahead with tremendous urgency, superb spectacle and powerful, even overwhelming emotion, only to falter with a hasty sendoff that seems to buckle…
The most conventional feature to date from German scribe-helmer Jan Krueger ("Light Gradient").