"Beautiful Boy" uses a Columbine-type shooting incident as a starting point to examine a marriage in crisis - an idea that's not as tactless as it sounds.
Looks like Terrence Malick got a telescope for Christmas.
Gary Thompson: Here's a question you never thought would be relevant to an "X-Men" movie: Is it subtitled? The answer, in the case of "X-Men: First Class," is yes.
Roughly 20 percent of my year is spent returning emails from Woody Allen lovers demanding to know why I panned his latest movie.
The first thing we see in Lu Chuan's "City of Life and Death" are Japanese tanks obliterating the medieval wall that in 1937 bordered the city of Nanking.
And the 2011 Academy Award for best title goes to . . . "Hobo With A Shotgun."
The new "Pirates of the Caribbean" comes with the subtitle "On Stranger Tides," appropriate for a franchise that feels washed up.
When Japanese bad-boy director Takeshi Miike takes up the singing sword of the samurai genre in "13 Assassins," you can be sure that heads will roll.
A Mel Gibson movie opening on Friday the 13th - if you're into omens (where are we on the Mayan calendar?), this can't be good.
Among the surprises in Will Ferrell's new "serious" movie is how funny it is.
By now the Judd Apatow method of moviemaking is well-known - assemble a large mass of comedians and start filming.
Gary Thompson: "Thor" starts out with 10 minutes of astro-mytho backstory that's such a load of B.S. Anthony Hopkins must be brought in to make it sound respectable.
I strapped on my Serious Art face for "Meek's Cutoff," the reputed work of ascetic genius about pioneers slowly, and I mean slowly, crossing the western plains.
Last year the guardians of France's international treasure, a cave containing 30,000-year-old art, decided to allow a movie director to film there.
Leafing through Emily Griffin's glossy chick-lit book Something Borrowed, you see she's mastered the use of relevant genre language - Rolex, Prada, etc.
Gary Thompson: The "Fast and Furious" franchise is to hard to officially admire - I don't see an Oscar in its future - but it's also hard to dislike. The latest is "Fast Five."
"Lebanon, Pa.," in addition to being a nice, low-key character piece, is the answer to an awesome trivia question:
In "Ceremony," a Wes Anderson impersonator attempts a version of "Wedding Crashers," and it's about as bad as you might think.