Review: 'Populaire' a frothy French comedy

Movie review: Set in the 1950s, a young woman's speed-typing potential prompts her ultra-competitive boss to take her under his wing in "Populaire."

Movie review: 'Closed Circuit' cranks up paranoia over Big Brother

Movie review: 'Closed Circuit,' John Crowley's timely thriller starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall and Julia Stiles about government surveillance and terrorism in Britain, is well acted but fairly contrived.

Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' significant but often contrived

Lee Daniels' penchant for excess gets in the way of 'The Butler,' though Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey lead a strong cast.

Review: Taut 'Our Children' captures a complex power relationship

Movie review: In 'Our Children,' a young mother unravels and does the unthinkable. Emilie Dequenne, Niels Arestrup and Tahar Rahim star.

Review: '2 Guns' slick, but Washington and Wahlberg grate

Movie review: Baltasar Kormakur's '2 Guns' is an action-packed show, but Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg mostly irritate.

Review: 'World War Z' gets a rise from the undead

Movie review: With 'World War Z's' manic energy (those zombies) and a charismatic leading man (Brad Pitt), the smartly done film is fun and thrilling to watch.

Review: 'The Attack' deftly explores emotions after suicide bombing

'The Attack' movie review: An Israeli Palestinian doctor (Ali Suliman) in Tel Aviv has his world turned upside down at the revelation his wife could be a suicide bomber.

Review: In 'Man of Steel,' Henry Cavill soars over an erratic plot

Henry Cavill's Superman is muscular yet sensitive, but 'Man of Steel' director Zack Snyder doesn't balance spectacle and emotion as well.

Review: 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' puts backup singers center stage

Morgan Neville's documentary 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' is a moving, joyous look at Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and others.

Movie review: 'Much Ado About Nothing' a tasty snack for Bard lovers

Movie review: A slimmed-down version of 'Much Ado About Nothing,' directed by Joss Whedon, is a modern, engaging, black and white Shakespearean affair starring Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Amy Acker and Jillian Morgese.

Film review: 'Deceptive Practice' weaves its own kind of magic

The documentary 'Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay' offers a peek into the wonderful world of this contemporary master of manipulation.

Alexander Payne feels at home with 'Nebraska'

Alexander Payne finds that a long delay in making the impressive "Nebraska," a Cannes Film Festival offering, deepened the material for him.

Review: 'Kon-Tiki' a tale retold of determined seafarers

Movie review: 'Kon-Tiki' is based on the 1947 book of the same name, in which six men attempt to cross the ocean on a raft to prove Polynesians originated in pre-Inca Peru centuries ago. Thor Heyerdahl was the fearless leader, and this film captures the journey and the man in thrilling detail.

Movie review: 'Stories We Tell' looks at truth, secrecy and memory

Writer-director Sarah Polley's personal documentary "Stories We Tell" reveals complexities and contradictions within her own family that will resonate with filmgoers as well.

Cannes Film Festival projects cross-cultural cinema

The Cannes Film Festival includes such cross-cultural collaborations as 'Only God Forgives' with Ryan Gosling, Asghar Farhadi's 'Le Passe' and more.

Cannes keeps being film industry's place to be

The Cannes Film Festival has changed in many ways over the decades, but those changes have kept it vital to the film scene.

Review: 'Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's' engages the senses

Matthew Miele's documentary 'Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's' about Manhattan's Bergdorf Goodman is no mere window dressing, going behind the scenes to showcase the luxury store in all its complexity.

Review: Intimate portrait of 'Venus and Serena'

Directors Maiken Baird and Michelle Major get up close and personal in 'Venus and Serena,' an involving look at the sisters who've changed the face of women's tennis.

Oscars 2013: Ang Lee is worthy, but better than Steven Spielberg?

The directors' snubs heavily influenced the awards. Ang Lee is worthy, but better than Steven Spielberg?

Review: Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' a towering achievement

History comes alive in the best way in 'Lincoln,' which finds director Steven Spielberg and star Daniel Day-Lewis at the top of their form.

Movie review: Jolie is worth her 'Salt'

The actress continues to prove she can handle guns, grenades and the bad guys even if the story line is implausible.

Review: Oliver Stone overdoes the brutality in 'Savages'

'Savages' movie review: Oliver Stone puts the violence front and center. Based on Don Winslow's novel, the film stars Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch.

Review: 'Of Time and the City'

Review: 'Rachel Getting Married'

Review: 'The Secret of the Grain'

'Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.'