Alessandro Genovesi's laffer "Soap Opera," the Rome Fest opener, won't be slaying 'em in the aisles.
Even before Naji Abu Nowar took home the director prize at the 2014 Venice Horizons section, his feature debut, "Theeb," was one of the most talked-about films on the Lido. Born in Oxford and…
Auds endlessly drawn to big-tent stories perhaps won't mind narrative weaknesses, but the themes here, including the leitmotif of an isolated populace and the enfeebling hothouse atmosphere of an…
Cleanly scripted in pure Hollywood fashion by Richard Curtis, Stephen Daldry's "Trash" won't be confused with a real Brazilian production: Its storyline, staging and inevitably positive spin…
Bille August is in one of his most productive phases but not, alas, one of his more creative ones.
A 15-year-old boy bereft of adult support plays parent to his alcoholic mom while attempting to cope with adolescent growing pains, including his sexuality, in "Absence," Chico Teixeira's…
Steeped in a brooding transitional world of distrust, perversion, and disillusionment, this stylish thriller from the director of "Unit 7" superbly captures milieu yet ultimately isn't on top of its…
Set in the near future, when a vastly reduced mankind is assisted by robots that suddenly become self-sufficient, "Automata" will get some traction from star Antonio Banderas and indiscriminate…
Alexander Sokurov philosophizes about cinema, culture, and politics in Leena Kilpelainen's enjoyable docu "The Voice of Sokurov," an appealing fest item that's most interesting when the cultivated…
"ThuleTuvalu" will be remembered as one of the earliest docus on global warming to sideline impersonal statistics and talking-head scientists and instead focus on the people already affected.