An Algerian immigrant to Canada sees his upcoming citizenship threatened by his son's activism in "Tar Angel," an initially intriguing semi-road movie that becomes bogged down in improbability.
Political activism is never more trivialized than in "Happiness Is a Warm Gun," a teasingly titled Swiss indie by maverick filmmaker Thomas Imbach that reduces the lives of German "Green queen" Petra…
A futuristic parable about memory and coming home, "The Butterfly" rates as a severe disappointment after his accomplished (but little seen) debut feature, "Taekwondo" (1998), a Warsaw-set drama…
Grounded in the economic realities of the region, "Guardians of the Earth" is an intimate, overlong but worthwhile drama set in a small Keralan village whose traditional livelihood is under threat.
Inspired by a novel from Mainland Chinese bad-boy writer Wang Shuo -- and itself filmed, to very different but equally wobbly effect, by Xia Gang in the mid-'90s -- "Love the Hard Way" tries to be…
A young Beijing couple experience their own private sense of dislocation in "Conjugation," a semi-impressionistic look at the social stasis during the crackdown that followed the Tiananmen Square…
As a film intent on pondering the measure and meaning of a man's worth and legacy, "Life as a House" is particularly false and contrived, pre-fab where it should be constructed of real, lasting…
Here's a consumer tip for anyone who's comparison shopping for a spooky road movie: "Joy Ride" gets a lot more mileage from its attention grabbing premise than the recent "Jeepers Creepers" got from…
A slickly made, intense and powerfully visual take on time-honored problems such as identity and the body's power over the mind, Julio Medem's technically accomplished "Sex and Lucia" combines the…
"Hearts in Atlantis" is a poignant little end-of-childhood memoir rendered suffocatingly precious in this far too fussy and heavy-handed Hollywood bigscreen treatment.