Our movie critic's selections

Artist Ushio Shinohara in the throes of creation in the brilliant documentary "Cutie and the Boxer."

Cutie and the Boxer Brilliant documentary portrait of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, Japanese artists who have lived together in New York since the early '70s, through good times and bad, shivering poverty and sacrifice. And mostly, the sacrifice has been Noriko's. How does a relationship work when one of the partners - the wild man Ushio, using boxing gloves to pummel his canvases with paint - is self-involved, a showman, a drunk? R


In a World. . . Lake Bell wrote, directs and stars in this winning, off-the-wall comedy, set in the world of voice actors - an egomaniacal and neurotic Hollywood clan. Professional jealousies, personal rivalries, sexism and father-daughter tensions ensue. R


Lee Daniels' The Butler Based on the true story of an African American who served eight presidents, from Truman to Reagan. With Forest Whitaker, full of dignity and humility in the title role, as pivotal events in the history of the civil rights movement swirl all around. With Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Oyelowo. PG-13