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.
No unfamiliar ground is trodden in "King Jack," a summer-haze study of adolescent anomie punctuated with blunt bouts of violence, but Felix Thompson's debut feature covers it with an assured stride…
"Everybody's very, very nervous," runs the most memorable lyrical refrain in "London Road," and one imagines the filmmakers found themselves singing it often.
One has to feel for Rosamund Pike: No actor deserves to have their Oscar-nominated breakout role tailed by the likes of "Return to Sender," a queasy but strangely gutless exploitation pic that plays…
Profound reserves of feeling don't translate to deep audience impact in "Our House (O Ka)," a microcosmic documentary examination of Malian social injustice that reps a noble disappointment from…
When a certain school of social realism is dutifully imitated, what degree of authenticity remains? That's a question prompted by Laurent Lariviere's diverting but derivative debut feature.
Given the number of films in competition (19), the correspondingly infinite number of possible award/talent configurations, and the sheer impossibility of guessing at the individual and collective…
Icelandic comedy "Rams" emerged the winner of the Un Certain Regard section at this year's Cannes Film Festival, with former docmaker Grimur Hakonarson accepting the top prize from jury president…
As the shortest, sharpest and most stormily violent of William Shakespeare's tragedies, "Macbeth" may be the most readily cinematic.
If there's a certain momentousness to the onscreen reunion of Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu — 35 years after Maurice Pialat's "Loulou" — everything else in Guillaume Nicloux's cryptic curio…
Combining immaculate formal composure with intrepid thematic sangfroid in a comparable manner to fellow new-school Mexican filmmakers Amat Escalante and Michel Franco, David Pablos makes a…