Our Movie Critic's Weekend Selections

Masaharu Fukuyama and Keita Nonomiya in "Like Father, Like Son."

Like Father, Like Son Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Hirokazu Koreeda's new film explores bonds between parent and child - and what happens when a well-to-do couple discover their six-year-old son is not, in fact, theirs. Full of gentle humor and piercing insight, an exploration of themes essential to us all. No MPAA rating

12 Years a Slave A free black man is abducted and sold into slavery, toiling on plantations in the pre-Civil War South, faced with impossible hardship and cruelty. British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor gives body and soul in the lead, and Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, and Brad Pitt are part of a superb supporting cast. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture. R

Philomena A surprisingly tough and tender tale from director Stephen Frears, adapted from the true story of a seventysomething Irish woman (Judi Dench) looking to find the son she was forced to give up for adoption when she was an unwed teen, and of the cynical veteran journalist (Steve Coogan) who accompanies her on her quest. R