Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a Manhattan bike messenger dodging a corrupt cop who wants a look at the package he's carrying. NPR's Bob Mondello says David Koepp's brisk actioner doesn't trouble itself with weighty themes — it's just a bona fide thrill ride.
Brazilian culture is often portrayed as either joyful folk tradition or brutal gang violence. But Kleber Mendonca Filho's Neighboring Sounds penetrates into the daily lives of suburban Brazilians — and criticJohn Powers says it may be the best Brazilian film since the '70s.
Robot and Frank is a movie that makes us believe that a serene automaton and a snappish human being can be best friends forever. It deftly uses elements from both science fiction and classic caper films to tell its futuristic tale. Frank Langella's sensitive portrayal of a geriatric career thief carries this sci-fi story.
2012's big movies feature several themes: a band of heroes trying to save the day, time travel comedies, and a hero's return home, among others. Film buff Murray Horwitz suggests alternative movies to watch at home if you like those themes, but don't want to stand in long lines at the box office.
Dancer-actor Gene Kelly would have been 100 this year, and his legacy of unparalleled athleticism and joyous, comic performance still looms large in popular culture. His versatility and his physical beauty were both part of his appeal.
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