Too many caricatures make the film feel only haphazardly invested in the intelligent commentary it struggles to balance with broad satire.
The joys of back-stage machinations are joined to waggish digs at the Church hierarchy, set off by nervy writing and Paolo Sorrentino's usual visual feast.
A young Frenchman in 1919 travels to Germany to meet the parents and fiancée of his dead friend in this semi-arty costumer lacking the potency of the original.
Unfolding in classic actioner style, this rousing gem has everything one wants for an evening's entertainment, from the irresistible pull of a spy thriller to terrific technical specs.
What means to be a sympathetic reflection on the desire for faith is weakened by a calculated solemnity that pushes away an empathic response.
A thirtysomething single ultra-Orthodox woman tests her resolve as well as her faith that God will provide her with a husband in twenty-two days.
A highly personal yet universally affecting documentary shot in Syria, encompassing the euphoria of protest to despair in the face of the unthinkable.
A visually rich though narratively challenging film that aims to fold Buddhist ideas into an imaginative reflection on the unstable notion of anonymity.
An unpretentious delight that replicates the quasi-stilted dialogue of language classes to disarmingly grant deeper life to the immigrant experience.
A nice guy trapped when his car is crushed by a collapsed tunnel tries to maintain his spirits while the rescue operation flounders.
A quietly intense femme-centric drama about a woman trying to negotiate patriarchal traditions in order to get her younger sister engaged.