Beginners: The grief for his father (Christopher Plummer) of a graphic designer (Ewan McGregor) sparks the interest of a stunning French actress (Mélanie Laurent). Director Mike Mills presents a bounty of beauty, buoyancy and possibility.
- Kimberley Jones
Larry Crowne: Tom Hanks cowrote and stars in this bland romantic comedy about a guy who returns to college after being fired from his Wal-Mart-esque job. Hanks has no chemistry with costar Julia Roberts, who plays an alcoholic speech teacher.
- Marc Savlov