Sameh Zoabi’s politically-charged satire of Palestinian soap operas works better as farce than social polemic.
The latest adaptation of a Roberto Saviano novel is a familiar, but inventive crime drama.
Dwein Ruedas Baltazar’s third feature is a morbidly beautiful tale filled with unexpectedly rich textures.
Ulaa Salim’s tense, complex political thriller shines a light on the very modern terrors of far-right nationalism, and the radical violence that rises in response.
Culture clash and end-of-life issues collide in Lulu Wang’s scintillatingly heartfelt drama “based on an actual lie.”
Fantasia kicks off its opening night with an atmospheric, if slightly subdued, entry in the Ringu series.
Jessie Buckley rocks the stage in a country-fied music drama that treads too-familiar territory outside its Scottish stage.
Abel Ferrara eulogizes fellow scandalizer Pier Paolo Pasolini in a suitably grimy tone poem featuring Willem Dafoe.
Over his decades-long career, the Italian neorealist crafted films filled with truth, empathy, and kindness.
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As self-reflective as it is starkly modernist, Pedro Almodóvar’s latest is navel gazing at its finest.
Larisa Sadilova’s probing drama highlights small-town Russian culture through an opaque lens.
Following up I, Daniel Blake with another grim drama about English poverty, Ken Loach spits venom about the dark side of capitalism to mixed results.
Arnaud Desplechin shifts gears with an all-too-straightforward cop drama mired in cliche.
The off-kilter French-Canadian auteur returns with a resonant if overlong drama that ends just a bit too messily.
One of Miyazaki’s most enduring classics, Princess Mononoke addresses the concepts of violence and hatred in a way young viewers can understand.
The latest film from the French master is a piercing look at the state of publishing and mass media wrapped up in relationship drama.
Porco Rosso is yet another swashbuckling adventure in the grand tradition of Hayao Miyazaki, a high-flying caper about a flying pig who’s also a sea pirate.