May 17, 2013 — Playing the famous half-Vulcan requires a little meditative depth and a lot of brow-shaving. Heroes villain Zachary Quinto plays Spock in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise, with the blessing of original Spock Leonard Nimoy. Quinto tells NPR about befriending Nimoy, shaping eyebrows and more.
May 16, 2013 — Controversial Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk (The Isle) turns in a meditation on cruelty, criminality, mortality and grace. (Recommended)
May 16, 2013 — Jeff L. Lieberman's documentary explores the story of 30,000 Nigerians who claim a Jewish heritage dating back centuries — and who have carved out a singular culture amid the post-colonial turmoil that still affects their country.
May 16, 2013 — The 12th film based on Gene Roddenberry's '60s sci-fi TV show is the second to star a new group of actors as Kirk, Spock and their crew. J.J. Abrams returns as director, and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch plays the memorable villain.
May 16, 2013 — A 19th-century neurologist develops an intense relationship with an illiterate teenage maid who experiences erotic pleasure during intense bouts of "hysteria." French writer-director Alice Winocour's feature debut is based on an actual 19th-century case history.
May 10, 2013 — A director's film memoir of her theatrical family is transformed by surprising discoveries about her parents' past — and her own heritage. Sarah Polley's film becomes a superb meditation on how we dramatize memory. (Recommended)
May 16, 2013 — Scientist Terry Root, author and activist Terry Tempest Williams and filmmaker Robert Redford all turn up in this documentary on eco-activist Tim DeChristopher, who bid on — and won — mineral rights to a chunk of federal land just to tie them up. He was prosecuted and sentenced to federal prison.
May 16, 2013 — The indie darling returns in a winning collaboration with Noah Baumbach that tracks her developmentally arrested dancer heroine through the transition from protracted adolescence to reluctant adulthood. (Recommended)
May 20, 2013 — Launched as an alternative to the stale stylings of the '80s stand-up circuit, Beth Lapides' event bills itself as a venue for "idiosyncratic, conversational comedy." It's helped establish careers for performers from Kathy Griffin to Randy and Jason Sklar.
May 20, 2013 — Melissa Block talks about the films generating buzz at the 2013 Cannes film festival with Steve Zeitchik, who covers film for the L.A. Times.