In an Edward Burns film, familial tensions tend to fester in the background, waiting for just the right moment to boil over. In his newest film, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, it's the holidays that turn out to be the pressure cooker that brings the family dynamics above a simmer.
For most of us, the tunes we blast from our cars as 16-year-olds have little bearing on our lives as adults. This is not the case for Yaron Zilberman, who fell for classical music as a teen when a friend lent him a mixtape, and whose first feature film, A Late Quartet, centers on the unraveling of a string quartet.
Just in time for Halloween, everyone's favorite zombie apocalypse show, The Walking Dead, returns for its third season this Sunday. This year, the survivors are faced with an even more perilous future as they face not only brain-crazed zombies but another group of the living, led by the peculiar "Governor," played by David Morrissey.
Filmed on location, Nashville showcases newcomer Clare Bowen, an Australian transplant. Bowen has a convincing Southern lilt in her role as songwriter Scarlett O'Conner, but it's her singing voice that really turns heads.
Few films this year have been as rapturously received as Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Beasts of the Southern Wild. Set in a mythical Louisiana bayou called the "Bathtub," the film follows six-year-old Hushpuppy and her father Wink (played by first time actors Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, respectively) as they navigate the surreally beautiful and harsh landscape they call home.
Hollywood has churned out plenty of disaster movies but few have the heart of the new film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, out this Friday. Marking the directorial debut of Lorene Scafaria, best known for writing Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, the film stars Steve Carell as an insurance salesman named Dodge and Keira Knightley Penny.
In Marina AbramoviÄ?: The Artist is Present, director Matthew Akers followed the legendary performance artist Marina AbramoviÄ? for months as she prepared for her retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art and through the three months she spent as a living fixture in the museum for her piece The Artist is Present.
The undercurrents of class, money, and family run through the darkly gorgeous Elena opening this week in New York. The film follows the title character, a middle-aged housewife, as she straddles the wealthy, moneyed world of her older husband and the broken-down, gritty world of her unemployed son.
A boy in search of family may be a story we've seen many times, but rarely is it so truthfully raw as in The Kid with a Bike. Directed by Belgian filmmaking duo and brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the film follows Cyril, who attempts to find a new home after his father abandons him.
An eye for an eye may be an archaic form of justice, but in The Forgiveness of Blood, director Joshua Marston explores how the ancient tradition can wreak havoc on a family caught between the old ways and the new. Shot in Albania, the film follows Nik, a high school student with a penchant for Facebook, who becomes the victim of a centuries-old law after his father kills a neighbor.