Gary Thompson: The Lord works in mysterious ways in "Flowers of War," the story of a scoundrel who shields Chinese hookers and orphans from invading Japanese in 1937 Nanking.
Gary Thompson: Move The Town to New Orleans and swap Ben Affleck for Mark Wahlberg and you grasp the general drift of "Contraband."
Gary Thompson: The Margaret Thatcher bio "The Iron Lady" is brought to screen by director Phyllida Lloyd and star Meryl Streep, who collaborated on "Mamma Mia."
Gary Thompson: Tough being a teen nowadays, that much tougher if you're gay, growing up in a home that is hostile to the person you've turned out to be.
Gary Thompson: When four adults attempt to mediate a playground dispute, it all goes desperately wrong in Roman Polanski's bitter comedy "Carnage."
Gary Thompson: Say this for Angelina Jolie's foray into directing - she's clearly not in it for the money.
Gary Thompson: The horrors of mechanized war, and a heart-warming story about the transformative power of a benevolent creature and boy's best friend.
Gary Thompson: In interviews, Matt Damon wrinkles his disapproving nose and says he signed on for We Bought a Zoo on the condition that it not turn out to be a "Disney movie."
Gary Thompson: There are digital utopians who dream of a future on The Cloud, and those who want another new gadget like they want another airport screening.
Gary Thompson: For years, the "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" series was the paperback choice of discriminating business travellers everywhere.
Gary Thompson: The "Mission: Impossible" franchise is a blown-up TV show and its purpose is to provide Tom Cruise a forum to perform amazing movie superstar stunts, this time in IMAX.
Gary Thompson: The 2009 Sherlock Holmes was one-half of a buddy comedy team filled out by a smarter, tougher Dr. Watson. This formula worked so well that director Guy Ritchie has decided not to tamper with it - the sequel "Game of Shadows," is a near replica of the 2009 reboot.
Gary Thompson: Charlize Theron knows a thing or two about playing predators - she won an Oscar for her role as a serial killer in "Monster." In "Young Adult," she plays a woman who in her own way is even worse.
Gary Thompson: With Shame, Michael Fassbender continues to, uh, flesh out one of the great calender-year acting feats in recent history. When has an actor ever been so good in so many different roles?
Gary Thompson: "Sitter" is, from its bawdy opening sequence, a decidedly more vulgar movie, but I wouldn't say funnier than B-movie mini classic "Adventures in Baby Sitting."
Gary Thompson: To sit at a screening is to hear sighs and snickers occurring almost at once - something the filmmakers appear to understand, and to play without shame or adherence to rules of tone or internal logic.