If it weren't for the luminous face of Belgian actress Pauline Etienne ("Restless"), this plodding adaptation of Diderot's anti-clerical novel would be a snoozefest of epic proportions.
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That you don't need more than one riveting talking head and a little intelligence to make a terrific docu is amply demonstrated by "No Man's Land," from Portuguese vid artist and scribe-helmer Salome…
There are no easy rewards for the protagonist -- or indeed, the viewer -- of "It's All So Quiet," the austere but subtly powerful fifth feature of Dutch auteur Nanouk Leopold ("Wolfsbergen,"…
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Sex sells, but what can it buy? That's the intriguing question behind the fittingly explicit documentary "Fuck for Forest," which portrays members of the eponymous, Berlin-based activist coterie that…
Staging what could be described as a Moliere-off, the new film from Philippe Le Guay casts his regular star, Fabrice Luchini, as a nebbishy, reclusive thespian who's coaxed out of retirement by a…
Subarna Thapa's film benefits from nice dance sequences and exotically unfamiliar locales, but is otherwise a rather by-the-numbers coming-out narrative and, sadly, includes what feels like a…
A countryside schoolboy tries to stand up against an albino bully in the charming and gorgeously assembled "Buta," this year's foreign-language Oscar submission from Azerbaijan. The titular orphan is…
Colombia's mid-1990s drug barons get the "Scarface" treatment in "The Snitch Cartel," a snazzy, fast-paced pic that's nonetheless somewhat enslaved by the get-rich-quick and crime-doesn't-pay cliches…
David Charhon's "On the Other Side of the Tracks" is an efficient Gallic buddy-cop movie that's so eager to please it's almost endearing.
A cast of beloved comedian adds a glow of human warmth to this feather-light story from Gallic scribe and occasional helmer Eric Besnard.
Appropriately shambolic yet finally too unfocused, "Pirate TV" follows an idealistic country bumpkin who joins a rebellious DIY television station in Paris.