In what is essentially a prequel to her Oscar-winning portrait of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, "Citizenfour," director Laura Poitras leverages incredible access to WikiLeaks founder Julian…
This flawed by intriguing drama delves into the innumerable layers of deceit and willful amnesia that originated in Lebanon's civil war and continue to straightjacket the nation.
For any true-blue movie buff, cinematography is actually a sexy subject — it's not just about how movies look, it's about how they flow and feel, about how they live inside our mind's eye. “Close…
Jean-Luc Lagarce was 38 when he died of AIDS, four years older than Louis, the protagonist of his play "It's Only the End of the World." Though he never comes right out and names the disease, Louis…
Washing up on the shores of Cannes after nearly a decade of painstaking under-the-radar toil, Michael Dudok de Wit's hypnotizing, entirely dialogue-free "The Red Turtle" is a fable so simple, so…
The title shot of “Inversion” is an image of a metropolitan landscape so thick with smog that the skyscrapers seem to be melting right into the chalky-white air. It looks like the establishing shot…
A film that skilfully makes us feel precisely what we expect to feel from moment to moment, up to and including the long-forestalled waterworks.
After recreating the 2001 Dos Palmas kidnapping incident by Islamic separatists in “Captive” (2012), Filipo auteur Brillante Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” is an equally political hostage drama in which…
There are only two reasons why anyone would live as far north as the aptly named Apex, a tiny town in the Canadian province of Nunavut, which is accessible only by plane and so cut off from the rest…
A subtle film that's both character study and a meditation on the residue of time and place.
Orson Welles said that "the classy gangster is a Hollywood invention," but "Chouf" isn't a Hollywood production and its gangsters are decidedly not classy.