Now in its third year, the Lumière Festival's ongoing Permanent History of Women Filmmakers section isn't a series of disconnected annual retrospectives -- its three editions thus far build a…
There's presumably more heated drama behind the screen than there is upon it in "Effie Gray," a literate, lovingly mounted and exceedingly well-behaved historical biopic that has sidled into British…
Modestly tucked away below a Dunkin' Donuts in Beirut's built-up Ain el-Rammaneh district, the Abraj multiplex does not often play host to international movie stars. Yet while gracing its…
How do you solve a problem like "Serena?" That, at least, is the question industry watchers have been asking about Danish helmer Susanne Bier's mysteriously withheld U.S. feature.
In recent years, the fall festival season has turned fiercely competitive not just between the films themselves, but also among the fest directors selecting them -- as the pressure to get first dibs…
In the 15 years since "American Beauty" marched to Oscar glory following a triumphant debut at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, the role of fall fests in shaping the ensuing awards season has grown…
A One Direction-starring remake of "Ocean's Eleven" would probably carry more swagger than "Plastic," a dismal My First Heist thriller that is all-too-aptly nailed by its own title.
Despite the proverbial suggestion of the title, bad things mostly happen to less-than-upstanding citizens in "Good People," a capable crime caper that nonetheless disappoints, considering the…
A gauchely translated English title does little justice to the refined sensuality and sly strangeness of "Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere," an immediately distinctive feature-length debut for…
Sibling rivalry is kept at a low, slow simmer in "Asteroid," a fractiously intimate family drama in which the scabs of adult orphanhood are rather savagely picked.