There's no cork inside "Hardball," but there's more than enough corn. Everything about the movie is geared for maximum uplifting and tear-jerking effect, and seems designed, in the end, to question…
Famed French New Wave director Claude Chabrol ("The Butcher," "The Color of Lies") will preside over this year's jury at the 49th San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival.
Europe's tormenting problem of clandestine immigration from African countries is seen through fresh eyes in French helmer Andre Techine's "Far Away." Breaking out of many stereotypes, pic shows not…
A horrific cultural ceremony lurks around the corner for a well-to-do and seemingly happy Indian family in Digvijay Singh's sunny but sinister "Maya," an undeniably powerful story of officially…
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…