Exclusive reviews of upcoming and unreleased U.S. and Foreign films. The films presented here have been chosen for their value in being seen and discussed. Please note these are complete reviews and not gossip about films in production.
60 Spins Around the Sun 60 Spins Around the Sun chronicles the hyper kinetic life of Randy Credico, a comedian with a mission for unsung causes, from the Sandanistas and Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. to his battles against New York's Rockefeller Drug Laws and racial profiling in Tulia, Texas.
A Piece Of Sky A Piece of Sky is about women who try to resist their environment and take advantage of it.
Adam & Eve
Can a romantic comedy be funny, a bit poetic and have a thematic edge? This answer is yes, at least in Germany where censorship and frigid conservatism don't get in the way of making films for adults.
About The Living
In About the Living the web of grief and denial is eloquently explored after the death of the young daughter of a wealthy family. Mexican director Jorge Aguilera creates a hypnotic mood, where the colors are cool and distant to better focus on the intense suffering of each character.
When I read the synopsis, After looked pretty promising, combining the virgin territories of urban exploration to a soundtrack by US electronic act The Crystal Method.
After the Apocalypse
Shot in black and white, Yasuaki Nakajima's first film centers around five survivors trying to cope with their new life in an alienated world.
An Almost Ordinary Story
The Serbian romantic comedy An Almost Ordinary Story takes place in a modern, urban Belgrade whose embers of war and dictatorship have burned out, giving rise to a Phoenix of American pop culture and lifestyle.
With El Juego de Arcibel, Argentine director Alberto Lecchi has crafted a compelling allegory of revolution and the Latin American left.
Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra
With a 50 million dollar budget, and a catastrophic predecessor, Alain Chabat's Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra was much-anticipated and became France's #1 blockbuster.
At Five in the Afternoon
Iranian filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf's third film, At 5 in the Afternoon, joins the segment she directed for the film 11'09'01, offering a pessimistic report on women in Afghan society.
As a documentary film, Atenco is a failure. But as a document of an uprising in Mexico in 2006, it serves as proof that this happened and that it won't be forgotten.
Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress
Dai Sijie adapted his own novel with the assistance of his usual screenwriter Nadine Perront. The result is unfortunately a bit long with an overly composite story.
The Band's Visit
Eran Kolirin's tale of reconciliation is set in Israel, far from the Israel we usually see in movies.
After its opening 30 minutes, it became clear that The Banquet was transcending its genre's formula.
The Big Question
Shot on location during the filming of The Passion of the Christ, The Big Question tries to figure out what God is through interviews with the cast and crew of Mel Gibson's film.
With its anachronistic approach to Swashbucklers, Blanche was supposed to be a provocative film that would divide the public. In spite of an impressive gallery of supporting roles, this bloated farce by Bernie Bonvoisin quickly deflates into an indigestible mixture of ineffective action and corny dialogue.
The Black Box The Black Box is one these thrillers that aim at blurring the lines between reality and dream.
Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock chronicles what it takes to put together the third biggest city in Nevada, from the organizers to the artists to the volunteers.
Chaos and Desire
In Chaos and Desire director Manon Briand plays with the laws of nature as well as cinematic clichés for a film that is both poetic and lighthearted.
Some movies are problematic as they embark you on a great voyage before getting you lost on some sort of screenwriting back roads.
Anyone who's held on to some movie ticket stubs or secretly plots to kill the person who takes 3 minutes to unwrap a candy bar during a crucial moment in a film will relate to this brilliant documentary film about the psychological compulsions of 5 obsessive cinephiles in New York City.
The Citrillo's Turns
Not only is Las Vueltas del Citrillo one of these films that is in a constant state of inebriation, but it also features a gallery of morally & physically disgusting characters.
Unfortunately, Cocalero takes a rather meandering look down a wandering path with no sense of clear direction and we don't learn all that much about Evo Morales.
Confessions of a Superhero
If you've been on Hollywood Blvd., chances are that you've run into Superman, the Hulk, Wonder Woman, Batman or one of the multiple incarnations of Jack Sparrow.
A fable about a young womanizing maestro set in 19th century Brazil, Henrique de Freitas Lima's Concerto Campestre navigates between romantic comedy and musical film, with a strong dose of social commentary in the background.
An adaptation of the adventures of Corto Maltese, a mythical figure of comics, this ecstatic dive into a universe set halfway between history and romantic poetry cannot be compared to current animated productions and is intended for sensitive souls in the audience.
Cowards Bend The Knee
After having approached different universesdeath, religion, vampires & even musicalshere Guy Maddin explores his own fantasies.
In Deficit Gael García Bernal directs, produces and stars in a film that seeks to uncover the ever-widening class chasm in Mexico.
The director's desire to approach nudity as a natural facet of acting is obvious onscreen, and he certainly succeeds at this level thanks to the cast's glorious lack of inhibition.
Distant Distant, the third film by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, paints a bitter but joyful portrait
of a country struck by crisis.
Double Agent Double Agent examines the inside work and psychological struggle of double agent Lim (Han Suk-kyu) who infiltrates the South Korean secret services.