If I stay

Film is based on the namesake Gayle Forman novel
Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blakley and Mireille Enos
Directed by R.J. Cutler

When starlet Anne Baxter preyed on aging stage legend Bette Davis in “All About Eve,” did anyone figure that paradigm would eventually shift to middle school? Every two years we chop down the last teen star so that a new one can rise in the sunlight. You know Stewart and Lindsay and Fanning and Fanning, Knightley and Woodley and Ronan and Breslin. But do you recall, the greatest teen-actress of ... more >


The search for Cassandra
Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson
Directed by Atom Egoyan

(CONTAINS SPOILER ALERTS) Atom Egoyan’s to-catch-a-child-abductor caper “The Captive” was the third competition entry to arrive here. The motif of young ones in distress amid snow-clogged landscapes will no doubt bring to mind the director’s harrowing “The Sweet Hereafter,” which was a big prizewinner here in 1997. Sadly “Captive” does not come close to “Hereafter” in emotional force and ... more >

World War Z

Tentpoles never used to be this crowded
Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale
Directed by Marc Foster

"World War Z" may be the first film in which the cast exceeds the actual population of the planet. There are huge citywide vistas of rambling crowds. Most of these people are infected with a zombie virus that turns them into rattlesnakes with overbites and clammy hair. These elements pay off quickly in a fantastic opener set in a traffic jam in downtown Philadelphia. Amid startling ... more >