The director's penchant for the kind of realism that celebrates the ugliness of tawdry lives makes the film difficult to warm to, despite strong performances.
Rich in excellent interviews, stuffed with important information, and bursting with unanswerable questions, the documentary raises alarms without stoking the fire.
Erdem conjures characters in broad strokes, exploring the feral nature embedded inside young adults who've not yet learned to encase themselves in "civilized behavior."
A handsome, occasionally suspenseful tale set in Colombia's rural northeast, where locals are in an uneasy relationship with shady paramilitary forces.
These Palermo exorcisms feel pathetic in their tawdriness, yet the pathos turns to audience fury when it's revealed the Vatican is churning out exorcist priests as fast as they can.
"Tommaso" toys with out-dated psychoanalytic theories about the monstrous mother to explain why men are trapped in an infantile relationship with the opposite sex.
Monica Bellucci stars as a half-Serbian woman meant to be the bride of one man but destined for another in Emir Kusturica's fairy-tale-ish story reveling in exaggerated, precious phoniness.
"These Days" tries hard to dress up phony scenes in the guise of realism, but surely teens and twentysomethings have had enough of such hackneyed characters.
A delightful, surprisingly respectful mockumentary that takes gentle aim at the incongruities of monarchy, Belgium, and the Balkans.
The film has the kind of majesty found not in the grand gesture but the modest detail, the kind that accumulates resonance with each seemingly minor event until the picture becomes complete.
Anglo-Italian Roan Johnson's third feature is a grab bag of naïve teens and unmodulated hot-headed adults who wear out their welcome early on.