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.
In this new century of splintered viewing and distribution options, it's harder than ever for modern films to be truly lost -- but our regard for them can be, which is what director Bill Teck argues…
It takes a pack of wolves to raise the young protagonist of "No One's Child," and the dogs of of war to drop him back into the abyss. Such is the cruel arc of Serbian writer-director Vuk Rsumovic's…
The whens, wheres and wherefores of Chinese writer Xiao Hong's brief but influential life are exhaustively considered in Ann Hui's ambitious, lustrously mounted biopic "The Golden Era" -- it's the…
Sci-fi futures characterized by complex moral and political architecture have long been writer-director Andrew Niccol's stock-in-trade. Yet while there's not a hint of fantasy in "Good Kill," a…
"He took what could have been B-movie exploitation and made it into arthouse cinema," gush two Val Lewton enthusiasts at one point in Joe Dante's comedy-horror doodle "Burying the Ex."
Boy-and-his-dog films usually tug on the heart with puppyish persistence, but there's little easy sympathy to be found in Turkish director Kaan Mujdeci's tough, imposing debut feature "Sivas."
Characterization is the principal element left on the roadside in "Bypass," an artsy slab of British urban miserablism that remains oddly unmoving despite its surfeit of onscreen suffering.