Director-writer Kavi Raz's oh-so-simple take on a deeply contradictory character turns a fascinating historical figure into a sad and dully predictable footnote.
An amusing, at times rousing tribute to a guy called the Ed Wood of Afghanistan, a man more suited to being in front of the camera than behind it.
Viewers may struggle to recall more than a mildly pleasant sensation derived mostly from Santa's idiosyncratic characters and their meticulously constructed environments.
The real jewels of the film are the scores of archival films from the early 1900s through the 1930s, many retaining their original tinting and stencil colors, offering a window into Bell's world.
Jasmine Trinca delivers an over-sized, nervy performance but the material is so flawed that it's hard to truly say whether it's exceptional acting.
For those wondering where director Zambrano's sympathies lie, it's not with the terrorist: Lamberti is a complex character yet his overriding trait is egotism.
Roberto De Paolis' debut is a story of marginalized youth whose unlikely meeting on the periphery of Rome starts a process of self-questioning that leads to both liberation and pain.
The excellent first quarter gives way to a standard-issue though handsome legal drama with several stock characters and a script guided by the presumed requirements of mainstream cinema.
A dense, nightmarish feature taking aim at Russia's befouled soul, in which a nameless woman undergoes a hellish journey through a society stripped of humanity.
Jacques Doillon's "Rodin" is a meticulously reverential, handsomely lit, and very dull biopic about the 19th century's most revolutionary sculptor.
A disappointingly ragtag period piece, clearly plagued by script problems, that's lifeless to the core.