Intriguingly non-standard docu "Bombay Beach" captures the fading California community's white-trash denizens with a fresh eye and deeper sensitivity than most who have come before.
Berlin Film Festival
Argentinean low-budget drama "Idleness" lives up to its name by unspooling large chunks of screentime in which its characters loaf around doing nothing.
The Berlin Film Festival often celebrates Latin American artistic excellence, but this year, financial clout was also on the program
"Khodorkovsky" deserves to run free in cinemas, but will probably be confined mostly to fests and upscale TV enclosures.
Though pic played well in Berlin, it won't stray far from the fest circuit.
It can't be easy to find the right roles for Yolande Moreau, whose brutishly unladylike features often appear in sharp contrast with the soft-spoken dignity of her characters.
Jonas Mekas' charming trifle is just about as accessible as experimental cinema gets.
"Cigarettes" will blow through avant-garde-friendly fests and rep houses.
Charismatic leads hold a passing interest, yet "Romeos" will be just another average feature on the LGBT circuit.
Unattractive visuals are just one of the pic's problems, which also include unsympathetic characters and a Swiss idea of grunge that, well, just doesn't feel that edgy.
Affecting drama "Ways of the Sea" introduces a strong new talent in director-writer Sheron R. Dayoc.