50/50 no doubt will be dismissed by critics who distrust movies that deal with feelings, rather than ideas. But it proves that it's possible to be emotional and thoughtful -- and funny -- at the same time.
Yes, potential backers worried about the gay subject matter of Andrew Haigh's Weekend, which opened in limited release last weekend. But they were worried even more, Haigh says, by all the dialogue in the low-budget romantic drama.
Puncture is an intensely earnest little film, one that deals with a serious issue while trying to tell an equally compelling personal story. Unfortunately, it fades from memory almost before it's left the screen.
Killer Elite is a serviceable action-thriller that eventually runs out of ideas. What starts as a complex tale with strong action set-pieces eventually dwindles to formula, unable to keep as many balls in the air as it promises.
His recent airplane exploits aside, Gerard Depardieu remains one of the great actors of French film. And the fabulous brute adds further to his legacy with the comic, touching My Afternoons with Margueritte.
There are laughs to be had in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, though they're inconsistent and haphazard. The whole movie has that sloppy feel, as though it were assembled from leftover parts of other, better comedies.
Set in two different eras, with two different trios playing the same characters, The Debt is gripping and gritty, a thriller that breeds genuine excitement in both of the time periods in which it is set.
Chasing Madoff is a searing indictment of the fast-and-loose free-market attitude that nearly sank the world economy. I can't imagine how painful it would be to watch it, were I someone who had lost a fortune to Madoff's malfeasance.
Based on a 1973 TV movie of the same name, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a horror movie that rarely insults your intelligence. Indeed, it seduces you into thinking you can outsmart the film -- and then zaps you when you least expect it. Now that's fun.