20 Feet From Stardom: Filmmaker Morgan Neville shines the spotlight on the hit-making contributions of longtime backup singers like Darlene Love and Merry Clayton. Stevie Wonder and Sting sit for the camera, but Love and Clayton are the performers who'll hold your attention.
-- Kimberley Jones
Short Term 12: A young woman (Brie Larson) and her boyfriend (John Gallagher Jr.) examine the inner workings of a troubled foster-care facility. This is a keeper thanks to Larson's remarkable performance.
-- Marjorie Baumgarten