Marital drama stumbles in atmospheric 'Take This Waltz'
Is there something innately unsatisfying about long-term married love? Does familiarity breed contempt or content? These are some of the issues raised in Take This Waltz, the second feature film directed by Canadian actress Sarah Polley. (The first was the poised, heartbreaking Away From Her.)
6-year-old heroine galvanizes bayou survival fable, 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'
It's one of the most common plotlines there is: finding one's place in the Universe. But rarely has a coming-of-age story been told with such engrossing originality as in Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Mother, daughter bond in fresh, funny, feminist 'Brave'
There are so many fairy tales that feature a wicked stepmother, or absent or negligent parents, it's refreshing to see one devoted to the loving, if sometimes fraught, relationship between a mother and daughter.