"Turn off the electricity!" screams a nascent environmental activist in Kim Ki-duk's "Stop," his words falling upon deaf ears in the aggressively lit streets of Tokyo.
Mutually catholic taste in movies is what brought writer-director team Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala together 17 years ago, when Fiala, then a film student, would babysit Franz's children in…
An aching nostalgia for a life that never quite existed courses softly through "Song of Songs," a brief, oblique and rather lovely study of independence asserted and childhood dreams dashed within…
There may not be a genre with as limited a capacity to surprise a grown audience as the still-ubiquitous coming-of-age drama: While teenage kicks may switch from generation to generation, the process…
"Whenever you do something new, you learn something about yourself," says the protagonist of Polish lenser-turned-helmer Bartek Prokopowicz's gutsy debut feature "Chemo."
"My gaze was being so constantly serviced," observed my fellow critic Catherine Bray, giddy with delight after seeing "Magic Mike XXL," the amped-up, dressed-down follow-up to Steven Soderbergh’s…
An ironic pink heart dots the 'i' in troubled-teen tale "The Violators" — perhaps the sole playful touch in this stern, striking debut from British novelist-turned-helmer Helen Walsh.
Poetry is less the medium of love than a muddler thereof in "Black Mountain Poets," a delightfully shaggy mistaken-identity comedy from dampest Wales that finds romance and sisterhood in a very…
Family history and popular history — with the differing yarns each can spin — collide and collaborate to intriguing effect in "The Lost Aviator," a bright, entertaining account of a scandal from the…
Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll are kept mostly offscreen in "Len and Company," a semi-comic portrait of a music-biz burnout that concerns itself less with glittery debauchery than its mopey aftermath.
The title may be "The Legend of Barney Thomson," but it's the protagonist's near-namesake, Emma Thompson, who earns all the glory in Scottish star Robert Carlyle's amiably uneven directorial debut.