Battle of the Year
PG-13, 1 Hr., 49 Mins.
This break-dancing underdog flick is maudlin and hopelessly clichéd — although we didn’t mind seeing Chris Brown get punched in the face. D+ —Keith Staskiewicz
PG-13, 1 Hr., 32 Mins.
James Gandolfini gives a teddy bear performance in this beautifully bittersweet romantic comedy about two single parents who find love. A- —Chris Nashawaty
PG-13, 1 Hr., 30 Mins.
A small-town cook (Catherine Frot) becomes the personal chef for the president of France (Jean D’Ormesson) in a pleasant dramedy inspired by a true story. There’s no character development to speak of, just sumptuous shots of French cuisine. (Truffles! Foie gras! More truffles!) Which is to say, don’t expect to laugh or cry, but be prepared to drool. B —Adam Markovitz
Inequality for All
PG, 1 Hr., 25 Mins.
Robert Reich, a secretary of labor under President Clinton, leads us through a sharp-eyed essay-meditation on the rising trend of income inequality. The nation’s top 400 earners now take in as much as the bottom 150 million, and Reich makes an ardent case that this glaring disparity — unseen since 1928 — is sweeping away the ”moral foundation stone” of America. B+ —Owen Gleiberman
Insidious: Chapter 2
PG-13, 1 Hr., 45 Mins.
A lazy (and not terribly scary) rehash of every other possession movie you’ve seen. Watch The Conjuring again instead. C- —Chris Nashawaty
Metallica Through the Never
R, 1 Hr., 32 Mins.
Metallica, those thrash virtuosos of doom, get the grand 3-D opera they deserve: a godless-apocalypse-meets-Vegas spectacle, full of fireballs and electric chairs. With its hell-bent rhythmic changeups, the music channels a dark freedom, and James Hetfield is still the boyish biker-jock; he teases the crowd into a feeding frenzy of raw metal power. The hybrid concert/fiction film didn’t need its ”plot,” with Dane DeHaan as a roadie on a suicide mission. Hetfield and snarly drummer Lars Ulrich are storybook characters enough. A- —Owen Gleiberman
Mother of George
R, 1 Hr., 46 Mins.
This moody-minimalist drama syncs you up to the wounded heart of Adenike (The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira), a Nigerian immigrant in Brooklyn. She’s married to Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé), but the two can’t conceive a child. So Adenike begins to push herself toward an unseemly solution. Gurira acts with fire and pride and, at times, a despair bordering on instability. B+ —Owen Gleiberman