Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips." © 2013 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Hopper Stone Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips." © 2013 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Hopper Stone

Captain Phillips” (PG-13) “'Captain Phillips,' a taut, finely crafted, superbly acted maritime thriller, is just one of a wave of fabulous films heading our way. It’s autumn, my friends, a time of falling leaves and soaring cinematic standards. Hallelujah, and pass the buttered popcorn.” – Ann Hornaday

The Summit” (R) “Because ‘The Summit’ jumps around in time and because the events on the mountain happened over two days and at locations often far apart, the already garbled chronology of deaths is made even more confusing.” – Michael O’Sullivan

When Comedy Went to School” (Unrated) “At first, the movie sets out to prove that the mountain resort was the seminal location for mid-century Jewish comedians to get their start. But after so many detours into other terrain, the movie feels muddled and unwieldy.” – Stephanie Merry

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” (R) “Wright and Mackie have small parts, playing a homeless veteran and a pimp, respectively. Like all the other grown-up actors, their work is fine and tightly focused. But it’s Brooks and Dizon that you’re not likely to forget. They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances.” – Michael O’Sullivan

Escape from Tomorrow” (Unrated) “As a social critique, 'Escape From Tomorrow' is weak. At times, the filmmaker seems to suggest that Disney’s mechanistic ma­nipu­la­tion of the imagination — after all, its park designers are called “imagineers” — is stifling original thought.” – Michael O’Sullivan

Machete Kills” (R) “Bad acting, narrative illogic, inattention to character development and storytelling so choppy that the film seems to have been edited with a, well, machete are what you expect from a movie like this, which originated as a fake trailer incorporated into the 2007 film ‘Grindhouse.’” – Michael O’Sullivan

Romeo and Juliet” (PG-13) “'Wherefore art thou Romeo?' remains, as do the play’s other most famous lines, but screenwriter Julian Fellowes, the creator of 'Downton Abbey,' has dumbed down much of the remaining dialogue. Does that mean it will appeal to a broader audience? It’s possible — cursing 'zounds' is so 1597, after all — but replacing existing text with old adages about the road to hell being paved with good intentions or striking while the iron is hot comes across as lazy.” – Stephanie Merry

A.C.O.D.” (R) “The cast is uniformly strong, with standout performances from Lynch, O’Hara, Jenkins, Poehler and Howard. Jessica Alba also makes a nice, if brief, appearance as a fellow child of divorce with whom Carter almost cheats on Lauren. And Winstead brings surprising depth to a small role, in which she has little to do except wait for her boyfriend to grow up, or to at least let go of his cynicism about love.” – Michael O’Sullivan

We Are What We Are” (R) “The film’s rendering of emotion is sensitive, and the acting uniformly fine, with an unrecognizable cameo by Kelly McGillis as the Parkers’ nosy, doomed neighbor. None of the story threads generate much mystery, however, and only the kind of suspense that comes from waiting for the inevitable, crudely foreshadowed climax.” – Michael O’Sullivan