Kick-Ass: There's a lot to like in Kick-Ass; the action sequences sing, the look and style is poppy and fun, and little Chloe Grace Moretz is gonna be a star. But it's also all over the place tonally, and takes so long to find its footing that choosier viewers may very well lose their patience.
A Prophet: This sprawling yet intimate crime epic is stark, fierce, and powerful; it announces Jacques Audiard as a director of not only tremendous skill (the climax is stunningly well-executed) but versatility.
The Ghost Writer: Say what you will about Roman Polanski (and many, many have), but you can't deny what he can do behind the camera. His latest is a crisp and intelligent thriller, carried off with silky panache--and featuring yet another impressive post-Bond character turn by Pierce Brosnan.