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.
Gary Thompson: Every awards season has them - ambitious, star-studded adaptations of tricky postmodern literature. Adaptations that don't quite work.
Gary Thompson: Red Tails is an homage to great men, and maybe the greatest combat airplane ever built.
Gary Thompson: The last nine months have been auspicious for women in Hollywood. First Bridesmaids broke the crass ceiling for women in comedy, and now Haywire establishes Gina Carano as the screen's most convincing action star.
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.