An absorbing coming-of-age drama set during the waning stage of China's Cultural Revolution, "11 Flowers" takes its place among Wang Xiaoshuai's finest films.
A vivid, surprisingly accomplished version of the cross-cultural romantic comedies that regularly show up at Indian diaspora fests, Sarovar Banka's "A Decent Arrangement" reps a definite cut above…
Returning to the worlds of family and childhood in a far sunnier vein than he did in 2004's lauded "Nobody Knows," eclectic, nearly fail-proof Nipponese helmer Hirokazu Kore-eda has come up with what…
Reminiscent of an overextended "Twilight Zone" episode but still good for a laugh, Italian low-budgeter "The Arrival of Wang" works through an amusing sci-fi premise.
A beautifully crafted portrait of the extraordinary young musician/ethnomusicologist Amin Aghaie, "Amin" shuttles between the pale marble halls of the Kiev Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the impossibly…
Somehow at once entertainingly outrageous and a little underwhelming, manga adaptation "Smuggler" mingles yakuza melodrama, grotesquerie, the near-fantastical, black comedy, hyperstylized action and…
The River Used to Be a Man" fits loosely in the tradition of past solo-survival tales from "The Naked Prey" through "Into the Wild" and "127 Hours," but with a more detached, cerebral approach that…
A grieving Bordeaux kitchen worker prefers solitude over compassion in French drama "The Bird," though an unannounced avian caller seems to have missed the memo.
From "Heidi" and "Harold and Maude" to Takeshi Kitano's "Kikujiro," there's been no shortage of odd couplings of the very young and very old.
In trying to mount soccer's answer to "Raging Bull," Brazilian biopic "Heleno" possesses both a cultivated sense of noir and an antihero who fits the bill: Heleno de Freitas, the pre-Pele idol of Rio…
A satisfying wartime espionage drama focused on little-noted intersections between Arabic emigres and the French Resistance.