Specific cultural and political accents flavor universal coming-of-age territory in Josh Kim's appealing, unassuming "How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)."
Often treated in film as an adjunct to LGBT experience, bisexuality gets measured, sensitive consideration in the Chilean coming-out drama "In the Grayscale."
South Africa is indubitably the star of Alain Choquart's handsome post-apartheid melodrama "Ladygrey," even as the country's role in the pic's snaking, distracted narrative never quite comes into…
The title is the most authentically French thing about "Suite Francaise," a fusty but enjoyably old-fashioned WWII soaper that, notwithstanding its Gallic locale, is otherwise characterized by a…
"The Guns, Man" might have been a more apt title for "The Gunman," given how much of Pierre Morel's latest passport-brandishing shoot-'em-up is dedicated to showcasing Sean Penn's unexpectedly ripped…
A chamber drama in which even the chamber itself is on the verge of collapse, Raoul Peck's "Murder in Pacot" offers little scope for healing as it surveys the geographical and psychological wreckage…
If the global "It Gets Better" campaign has lent a certain familiarity to narratives of gay teenage oppression and self-realization, that's hardly something to be held against "Misfits."
German humor is a distinctly conflicted concept in "Hedi Schneider is Stuck," an improbably wry, compassionate character comedy about that least chucklesome of topics: clinical depression.
An arrestingly broken-backed story structure offers more surprises than the story itself in "Zurich," Dutch helmer Sacha Polak's grim but glisteningly crafted sophomore feature.
JUSTIN CHANG: We don't always agree, Guy (no two critics ever should), but it's safe to say we've been more simpatico than usual over the course of this very long and happily almost-over awards…