Suggesting all that is lost when people rush to replace the old ways with shiny new alternatives, Studio Ghibli's gorgeously hand-drawn period romance "From Up on Poppy Hill" tells the story of how a…
Life is a bumpy ride for the family portrayed in "Behind the Lights," Sandra Sanchez's affecting fly-on-the-wall study of a gypsy woman's struggles to keep things from falling apart.
The dying embers of a love affair are delicately raked over to haunting effect in "By the Fire," a gentle, carefully observed drama. Helmer Alejandro Fernandez Almendras revisits the rural Chilean…
Mexican film history gets an amusing and surprisingly personal overhaul in "Perdida," as Viviana Garcia Besne -- granddaughter of the Calderon dynasty -- gleefully liberates skeletons from closets…
A discordant marriage of juvenile live-action and sophisticated stop-motion animation, "The Flying Machine" is a vibrant celebration of Frederic Chopin, whose music saturates the proceedings…
Film noir and contempo Spain make a near-perfect match in the explosive "No Rest for the Wicked," the kind of movie that gives dramas about bad cops a good name.
An orchestra director's girlfriend mysteriously goes missing in the high-style, low-substance psychological thriller "Bunker." Colombian helmer Andi Baiz's ambitious follow-up to the well-received…
A fisherman who finds himself out of his depth after getting involved in the drug trade is the titular protag of "Pescador," an engaging but slight comedy that reps a frankly uninteresting new…
Not a dream job at the best of times, taking care of one's mother-in-law becomes a full-blown nightmare in the satisfying black comedy "Happy New Year, Grandma!"
Muted color lensing and understated storytelling lend an unexpectedly melancholy air to "Edwin Boyd," a generally low-key but sporadically exciting account of Canada's most notorious bank robber of…
It's a shame controversy will dog "A Beautiful Valley," since Hadar Friedlich's debut tackles a forgotten subject with sensitivity, notwithstanding plot sidelines squeezed in to humanize the protag.