Delicacy: In this French dramedy, a grieving widow (Audrey Tautou) starts an affair with a dweebish employee (Franois Damiens). There are hints of icky sweetness à la Amélie, but Tautou is appealingly tough, and the film makes interesting observations about workplace romance in a changing France.
- Kenneth Burns
Marvel's the Avengers: In this comic-book adaptation, Agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) brings together Earth's mightiest heroes - Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) - to face the threat of an extra-dimensional invasion led by Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Writer-director Joss Whedon finds glorious ways for his heroes to save the world in style.
- Scott Renshaw