A game of diplomatic brinksmanship saves Paris from imminent destruction in Volker Schlondorff's classy, superbly acted historical drama.
SCOTT FOUNDAS: Well, Peter, another film festival draws to a close. It seems we were only just at Sundance, and now Berlin is but a memory. Time goes by so quickly…why, it's almost like being one of…
An archetypal story of inner-city thug life gets a refreshingly atypical spin in sophomore helmer Umut Dag's "Cracks in Concrete."
The spirits of Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain course through "Black Coal, Thin Ice," a bleak but powerful, carefully controlled Chinese detective thriller.
Celina Murga's exquisite feel for small-town life, and of the private worlds inhabited by children and adolescents, is on full display in "The Third Side of the River."
It's the audience that dies slowly at "Stratos," director Yannis Economides' perversely protracted study of moral and spiritual decay in recession-era Greece.
So rueful and wise is writer-director Alex Ross Perry's "Listen Up Philip," it comes as a shock to discover that Perry himself is not yet even 30.
French thriller director Guillaume Nicloux ("The Stone Council") shows an uncharacteristically lighter side in "The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq."
Only the vivacious die young, notes one character in Alain Resnais' "Life of Riley," while "the tiresome, humdrum ones live forever."
The unedited version of Lars von Trier's shagnum opus is somewhat more explicit than its whittled-down predecessor but structurally similar.