Director Agneska Holland returns to the Holocaust with the Oscar-nominated "In Darkness," a grueling but rewarding story of survival.
Gary Thompson: Temple grads and local-boys-make-good Tim Wareheim and Eric Heidecker are masters of the absurdist comedy in short bursts.
Gary Thompson: The depressing scandals of 2011 showed how much can go wrong in the space between football coaches and young people. The deeply moving sports documentary "Undefeated" reminds us how much can go right.
Gary Thompson: Act of Valor is not your typical modern war movie - it stars real Navy SEALs, and the Department of Defense had final cut.
Gary Thompson: The clever little thriller "Thin Ice" has drawn comparisons to "Fargo," I guess because there's snow and crime and Midwesterners.
Gary Thompson: Of all Shakespeare's tragic heroes, Coriolanus has been described as the hardest to warm up to.
Gary Thompson: Two secret agents use their spy-craft to compete for a perky blonde.
Gary Thompson: I applaud Madonna for trying to reinvent herself yet again, this time as a dramatic filmmaker. But on the evidence presented in W.E., I think she's gone gaga.
Gary Thompson: In the opening moments of "Safe House," rogue agent Denzel Washington endures bullets and waterboarding with the air of a man getting a spa treatment.
Gary Thompson: We know that absolute power corrupts absolutely. But could it also corrupt Matt, Drew and Steve? This is the question posed by "Chronicle," a smarter-than-average sci-fi movie.
Gary Thompson: "Woman in Black" stars Daniel Radcliffe as a Victorian solicitor whose visit to a rural village unleashes a vengeful spirit.
Gary Thompson: Following the lead of fellow film legend Werner Herzog, director Wim Wenders uses 3D cameras to explore the artistic impulse in the documentary "Pina."
Gary Thompson: Man on a Ledge is a movie so bold, so innovative, there hasn't been anything remotely like it since . . . "Ledge," a couple of months ago.
Gary Thompson: You want to use the word "surreal" to describe the teen girl's night-from-hell drama "Miss Bala," but this slice of life on the Mexican border is all too real.
Gary Thompson: You'd think a movie about a male impersonator who calls himself "Nobbs" would have more of a sense of humor.
Gary Thompson: Something odd has happened in the space between "Underworld" and "Ghost Rider" sequels - a halfway original action movie has sneaked into theaters.
YESTERDAY'S OSCAR nominations set the stage for an Oscar season marked by arguments that may get incredibly loud, and a race that will be incredibly close.
Gary Thompson: Terrence Howard didn't do much research for his role in "Red Tails." Didn't have to. The movie's story, of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen, was one that he knew by heart.
Gary Thompson: Every awards season has them - ambitious, star-studded adaptations of tricky postmodern literature. Adaptations that don't quite work.