By now we should be thoroughly inured to Meryl Streep’s transformational abilities. Even so, her Oscar-nabbing performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady  comes as a shock.
In Martha Marcy May Marlene  writer/director Sean Durkin delivers a moody, almost unbearably creepy look at a survivor of a Manson-type cult. And along the way he gives us a new star: Elizabeth Olsen, younger sister of the Olsen Twins.
A confession: Matthew McConaughey irritates me in most of his romantic comedy roles. But in The Lincoln Lawyer  we get the McConaughey I love. Here he plays Mick Haller, a fatally flawed character who oozes amoral charismatic and oily self-confidence.
Just when it seemed the whole comic book/superhero thing had burnt itself out in a conflagration of too much money and not enough inspiration, along comes Captain America: The First Avenger  to make us remember why these movies can be so much fun.
Michelle Williams does a perfectly credible job as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn . But as good as Williams is, not once are you likely to mistake her for Marilyn. It’s a passable impersonation, but no one will ever fill the screen the way Monroe did.