Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?Noam Chomsky talks, Michel Gondry doodles, and somehow it makes for a captivating movie.
NebraskaBruce Dern offers a magnificent, nearly mute performance as a King Lear of the Great Plains.
Thor: The Dark WorldThe Crocodile Dundee II of superhero films—in a good way!
Ender’s GameA future in which young people are both celebrities and cannon fodder.
Blue Is the Warmest ColorIt’s not about the sex scenes. It’s about the intensely intimate love scenes.
BastardsThe emotional weather is chilly, and the sex scenes torrid, in Claire Denis’ neo-noir thriller.
All Is Lost. Or Is It?What to make of the ending of the new Robert Redford movie.
12 Years a SlaveA beautiful film about the ugliest of subjects.
Secrets and LiesWould any hacker trust the Julian Assange portrayed in The Fifth Estate?
Escape From TomorrowA day at Disney becomes a world of tears.
A.C.O.D.A good comedy about bad parents.
RushA sleekly assembled thrill machine.
Blue CapriceThe Beltway snipers movie is spare, eerie, and insubstantial.
FrozenTwo princesses, a wonderfully daft snowman, a loyal and adventurous reindeer—and yet, something’s missing …
The Hunger Games: Catching FireNeeds more kindling.
At BerkeleyA four-hour documentary about a public university, and not a minute too long.
Do You Have Total Recall? Also, Do You Have a Smaller Box of Whoppers?The miseries and pleasures of Blockbuster Video.
Dallas Buyers ClubAs a randy homophobe who becomes an AIDS activist, Matthew McConaughey is brilliant.
The CounselorBrad Pitt and Cameron Diaz philosophize about death in the friscalating dusk light of Cormac McCarthy’s new film.
Bad GrandpaThe Jackass boys embrace narrative complexity and genuine human emotion. Well, kinda.
All Is LostBut at least we have Robert Redford.
Burton and TaylorDominic West and Helena Bonham Carter star as the poster children for how fame warps stars.
Romeo and JulietDon’t bite your thumb at it.
Captain PhillipsOscar, ho!
GravityIt gives outer space back its beauty, terror, and wonder.
The films of Dan SallittIntimate domestic dramas about incest, nymphomaniacs, and really bad honeymoons.
WadjdaThe first feature film ever made in Saudi Arabia is one of my favorites of the year.
Look. Watch.TCM’s The Story of Film event is like a great college survey course in your own living room.