In Hany Abu-Assad’s “Omar,” Adam Bakri delivers an assured, charismatic performance as the title character, a young Palestinian man living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where he must navigate a vertiginous separation wall and checkpoints simply to visit friends. (“Omar” is the second fi…
“The Square,” a stunning new documentary by Jehane Noujaim about the 2011 uprising in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and its aftermath, epitomizes nonfiction film not just as a way to deepen knowledge and understanding, but also as an art form.
Joaquin Phoenix delivers a gentle, thoroughly disarming performance in “Her,” a wildly inventive, scrupulously understated romance from Spike Jonze. Set in a Los Angeles that’s been ingeniously photographed to exploit its most futuristic vernacular, “Her” takes place at a time that may be ju…
For the past several years, independent film icon John Sayles has proved to be one of cinema’s most reliable, occasionally brilliant, regionalists, creating rich, complex portraits of linguistic and geographic subcultures from Texas (“Lone Star”) to Alaska (“Limbo”), Florida (“Sunshine State…
Filmmaker Jem Cohen has always made a study of vagrant, accidental beauty — from his urban essay films to the feature “Chain,” set in the midst of America’s vast corporate wasteland.
It’s become such a matter of course to turn traumatic real events into big-screen dramas that viewers aren’t expected to question why real-life pain and confusion carry inherent entertainment value: It happened, therefore it’s fodder, ripe for processing in any number of ways, from the thoug…
Did you ever have that kind of relationship that was kind-of friendly, kind-of flirty, perhaps freighted with complicated emotions under the surface, but you just weren’t sure?
On a drizzly May afternoon in Cannes, France, Sofia Coppola is curled up in a chair in the lounge of a huge hotel.
For fans of the "Paradise Lost" movies - Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's shattering documentaries about gruesome child murders in West Memphis, Ark., and the three teenagers who were railroaded into being convicted for the crimes - news that Peter Jackson was producing a documentary of hi…
In theaters, the movies might look the same. But perhaps now we see them differently.
In 2007, Iranian-born graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi made a splash with "Persepolis," her wildly inventive animated memoir of growing up and getting out of her troubled home country.
Mike Birbiglia is a man of many constituencies - as a club-proven standup comedian, he's gained popularity with the Comedy Central crowd over the course of several appearances on that cable channel; he's achieved Spalding Gray-worthy cult status with performances at Manhattan's spoken-word s…
Revolutions large and small make themselves felt throughout
"Circumstance," Maryam Keshavarz's sensuously subversive
directorial debut about forbidden love in contemporary Tehran.
For anyone who thinks that viral entertainment started with a
panda sneezing and ended with Sad Keanu, let your elders school
you: Even in the 1990s, the tail end of the baby boom generation
enjoyed its version of weird, wonderful "found" materials that
started as a shared in-joke and wound …
With 3-D now the purview of every cinematic showman from James
Cameron to those who brought us the horrible creation "The Last
Airbender," it's about time the technology reached the hands of an
In the spring of 2000, Mark Hogancamp was brutally beaten
outside a bar in Kingston, N.Y. After paramedics brought him back
from certain death, he stayed in a coma for several days; when he
emerged from the hospital more than a month later, he did so as a
changed man, with little memory of h…
There's a sickening sense of rightness that "The Baader Meinhof
Complex" opened in Washington on Sept. 11.