True story of a mother whose son goes missing lacks some of the passion of Angelina Jolie's earlier performances.
Kristen Scott Thomas perfectly captures the despairing resilience of a woman released from prison after 15 years.
Drama about familial strife in the New York City Police Department has a powerhouse cast.
Rushed out before Election Day, Oliver Stone's biographical take on the president offers no new insight into George W.
Set in South Carolina during the 1960s, 'Bees' tackles racism and redemption but slips over the sappiness line.
This satire is a perfect sendup of Hollywood with a marvelous cast, including De Niro in his best performance in years.
Mike Leigh's spirited new movie about a sweet-tempered schoolteacher is both humane and real.
Documentary follows the insanely competitive race for student council president at Stuyvesant High School in New York City.
This high-speed spy movie pits the CIA against Middle Eastern jihadists but resembles a trailer of itself.
The story of Ernie Davis, the first black athlete to win college football's highest trophy, is milked for inspirational uplift – and clichés.
Michael Cera stars in this teen love story that alternates between sweet and touching and goofball gross-out.
Wrenching family drama puts Anne Hathaway center stage as an emotional wreck who creates havoc at her sister's nuptials.
Bill Maher's documentary skewers religion but chooses laughable targets to make his point.
Set in a city where people are suddenly stricken with sightlessness, allegory never rises to level of believability.
The Monitor spoke with the late actor and director in 1981 about selecting roles, plots that challenge an audience, and journalism.
Spike Lee's retelling of World War II's black infantry draws on all the clichés.
In a plot full of glib contrivances, this home-front story of the Iraq war follows the lives of three returning vets.
Adaptation of Palahniuk novel is a dark comedy about sexual addiction and mothers and sons.
Documentary gives even-handed portrait of the man responsible for the toxicity of political campaigns.
Old-style western plays on the camaraderie and courage of frontier life.