A mechanically efficient yet soulless dramatization of the U.S. Navy SEALs in action, "Act of Valor" ultimately misses its target: The hearts and minds of American audiences.
A radio-show self-help host dispenses anonymous wisdom on the airwaves in Gallic dramedy "On Air," from frosh scribe-helmer Pierre Pinaud. But, in what's indicative of the pic's general level of…
Contemplative documentarian Juan Manuel Sepulveda captures the stillness of Guatemala's emerald green mountains along with the memory of the mass slaughter they contain in his stunning and disturbing…
Using the story of a mixed-race family to personalize a nation's troubled history, multihyphenate Taghreed Elsanhouri demonstrates how national issues impact everyday lives in "Our Beloved Sudan."
The Judd Apatow school of R-rated comedy, perhaps unavoidably, has begun to produce some "C" students.
Four Egyptian women from diverse backgrounds and generations talk about their lives and how they were shaped by their gender, in slender, low-budget docu "In the Shadow of a Man," from debuting…
For everyone who had a Jewish grandmother, or wanted one, there's "Oma & Bella" to help them remember.
Oscar's doc short noms seem to be redefining the category as one that measures "best cause," selected less for the strength of execution than perceived legitimacy of the issue at hand.
While devoid of instant classics, Oscar's toon shorts noms were clearly selected for concept and originality, making for a delightful survey when viewed together.
All five finalists leave auds wanting more, illustrating that not all stories require 90 or more minutes in order to convey an inspired idea.
The January-February Egyptian Revolution is seen through the eyes of journalists in Bassam Mortada's absorbing "Reporting … A Revolution."
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