For animation lovers, peering inside the walls of Studio Ghibli is like being granted a guided tour of Santa's workshop.
One suspects Pasolini himself would approve of casting Willem Dafoe to play himself, seeing as how the actor can count both Christ and "Antichrist" among his screen credits. But it's doubtful whether…
As if the subject of child abduction weren't enough to get anyone's blood boiling, throw in China's one-child policy (no replacements allowed without a death certificate) and you have the makings for…
Like the intensely single-minded drummer Miles Teller plays in "Whiplash," its writer-director, Damien Chazelle, did not arrive on the world stage unprepared. In fact, exactly one year before his…
One might expect the plottiest of Shakespeare's plays to make the ploddiest of bigscreen adaptations, but Michael Almereyda -- who turned Hamlet into a sulky Gen-Xer back in 2000 -- brings a light…
There are horrors-of-war movies, and then there are World War II horror movies, and judging by "Fires on the Plain," it's not entirely clear whether Japanese splatter director Shinya Tsukamoto…
In a Venice Film Festival lineup full of cynicism, suicide and despair, who would expect the new Roy Andersson picture -- "the final part of a trilogy on being a human being" -- to be the most life…
Even moreso than 2011's "Mildred Pierce," this finely crafted, wonderfully cast meller suggests a promising new life for the women's-picture genre on nets willing to let such stories breathe.
Repeating a lot of the same beats from their first two stop-motion adventures, "Coraline" and "ParaNorman," Laika's disappointing latest represents a baffling misappropriation of talent.
The existential questions Albert Camus raises in his short story "The Guest" translate exceptionally well to the Western genre in "Far From Men," which stars Viggo Mortensen as a colonial…