Intriguing if ultimately unsatisfying, Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche's "Story of Judas" rewards more as a stripped-down portrait of Biblical times than as an alternative slant on key New Testament elements.
Not the first, worst or most tasteless yuletide film frightfest by any means, "A Christmas Horror Story" offers five interwoven, variably comedic tales of terror set on Xmas Eve.
This project originally conceived for the internet still plays as the series of disconnected pranks and whimsies it began as, refusing to coalesce into any focused whole.
Algeria's "dark decade" of the 1990s is dramatized in this effectively intimate drama adapted from Arezki Mellal's novel.
"Ashby" makes half-baked use of high-school sports, crime comedy, teen romance and other formulae to mildly diverting ends that are never quite convincing or funny enough.
Sometimes an even greater mystery than why someone chose to create a particular movie is why someone else chose to fund it.
This listless and drastically underdeveloped drama, scarcely begins to fulfill its title.
"Bolshoi Babylon" proves that Russia's most famous performing-arts institution is like the Kremlin, in that the secrets behind its cut-throat internal politics generally stay secret.
The convincing atmosphere, performances and (natch) soundtrack of vintage Yank R&B obscurities make this an enjoyable throwback to a scene whose influence eventually traveled far.
Competent if pedestrian "Urban Hymn" takes a familiar walk down the path of inspirational youth drama.
In nearly every scene, and with relatively little dialogue, Chad McKinney has a strong, thoughtful screen presence that lends "Beast" its substance.