Gospel music great, rhythm-and-blues icon, civil rights activist and all-around living legend Mavis Staples is celebrated with the infectiously joyful enthusiasm of a passionately devoted fan in…
If you were to somehow distill into a single movie character the most insufferable attributes of Holden Caulfield, Max Fischer and the self-absorbed grown-up version of Antoine Doinel, you might come…
Although immigrant stories abound in French cinema, Cyprien Vial's impressive debut, "Young Tiger," about an illegal Punjabi teen in France, ranks as something of an anomaly in that it deals with the…
An atmosphere of troubling apprehension suffuses the rural locale of "In Her Place" thanks to a script of discreet probity that gives equal, nonjudgmental weight to the three female protags.
A solid, borderline exhaustive survey of the Washington D.C. hardcore punk scene of the 1980s — possibly the nation's most influential such milieu, if not tied with Los Angeles.
Pakistan's 2014 Oscar entry is a handsomely made, nicely modulated fugitive drama with forceful social overtones decrying the ongoing practice of child brides.
The causes and consequences of teen bullying get a potent if not entirely persuasive airing in "A Girl Like Her," a mix of found-footage thriller, mock-doc realism and public service announcement…
While focusing on the rise and demise of Tower Records, the fallen retail giant that once billed its flagship location as "The Largest Record-Tape Store in the Known World,"…
Contemplative understatement subtly subverts potentially melodramatic and socially stereotypic tropes by interiorizing them as part of a sentimental education when a demure lower-class young woman…
Whereas marine activist Louis Psihoyos' "The Cove" took an environmental crisis and turned it into a white-knuckle suspense thriller, his even higher-stakes follow-up, "Racing Extinction," feels…