A two-bit criminal loser stumbles upon his powers Toxic Avenger style and learns to care about humanity thanks to a traumatized woman convinced he's the Japanese manga character Steel Jeeg.
Directed with arresting yet subtle flair by Svetla Tsotsorkova, the film combines chamber piece elements with sensitivity to landscape, light, and the ways people observe each other.
Composed of black-and-white images shot by eight cameramen in St. Petersburg in 1991, "The Event" vividly captures the shift from bewilderment to empowerment as the people became ever emboldened in…
A pleasant but slight pic buoyed by adolescents newcomers who aren't to know that ineffectual teachers, invisible parents, and cool kids vs. nerds are all yawningly standard-issue fare.
Things take a dive in the second half of "Angry Indian Goddesses" when the enjoyable femme-centric stereotype bashing gets overwhelmed by too many of-the-moment subthemes.
An impressively self-lensed poetic exercise in controlled righteous outrage that shifts from the desiccating blight of coal mining to the hellish conditions in iron foundries.
Parvez Sharma's strident docu is a jihad against Saudi Arabia's fundamentalism, puffed up with self-righteousness and sensationalizing every step of his pilgrimage to Mecca.
A skillfully made drama, highly attuned to the myriad forms of surveillance from the prurient to the political, that showcases a stand-out lead perf.
Unattractively shot, structurally unsound and featuring a script that careens all over the place, "Anna" is an overstuffed drama bound to sink without a trace.
A sensory feeling of persecution pervades "Frenzy," plunges the viewer into a disturbing state of uncertainty as two brothers are sucked into a vortex of state-sponsored distrust.
Master helmer Marco Bellocchio continues to play with form and content with an originality that make younger directors look like they're grasping at ephemeral straws.