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'White Reindeer' a not-so-jolly trip into suburban emptiness

'White Reindeer' a not-so-jolly trip into suburban emptiness

For those considering a deep retreat from oppressive holiday cheer, there’s Zach Clark’s brittle indie confection “White Reindeer.”

January 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Review: Little funny, arresting about 'Wrong Cops'

Review: Little funny, arresting about 'Wrong Cops'

French director Quentin Dupieux’s brand of deadpan absurdism, effectively displayed in “Rubber” and “Wrong,” hits a stale patch with “Wrong Cops.” Pitched somewhere between a DIY alt-humor video and a knockabout comedy, this meandering lark about a corrupt, spiteful and hopelessly distracted…

January 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
'Capital' forgets the bottom line — outrage

'Capital' forgets the bottom line — outrage

With international high finance the modern era’s Wild West, it’s not surprising Costa-Gavras — a stalwart of the politically minded thriller (“Z,” “Missing”) — would try to mine banking malfeasance for cinematic suspense.

November 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'Masquerade' covers old plot with fresh acting

'Masquerade' covers old plot with fresh acting

Using as a starting point a missing two weeks from the annals of 17th century Joseon dynasty ruler Gwanghae's record, the Korean historical saga "Masquerade" inserts a fanciful but entertaining bit of court intrigue.

February 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'Goats' just bleats along without insight, tension

'Goats' just bleats along without insight, tension

A coming-of-age story featuring Vera Farmiga as a narcissistic New Age mom, David Duchovny as her pot-smoking Jesus-bearded goat herder/poolman and Ty Burrell as the divorced dad with the new wife, would appear to have all sorts of behavioral flavors to chew on.

August 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Film shows modernity's tug on tradition

Winds, rain and straying yak are only some of the hardships in the remote and harshly beautiful Sichuan province grasslands where Tibetan nomads toil for their livelihood, but as Lynn True and Nelson Walker's humanely observed documentary "Summer Pasture" hints, it's the pull of modernity th…

March 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Quirky style redeems 'Dragon'

Peter Ho-Sun Chan's "Dragon" begins as many Chinese martial arts films do, with bucolic village scenes that give way to a destructive, stunt-laden fight. In this case, the conflict is between interloping thugs threatening a shopkeeper, and a paper mill craftsman named Jin-xi (Donnie Yen) who…

January 03, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Thriller 'Rapt' based on true tale of kidnapping, secrets exposed

Thriller 'Rapt' based on true tale of kidnapping, secrets exposed

Issues of criminality, responsibility and victimhood get a muscular workout in Lucas Belvaux's taut French thriller "Rapt," based on a true story of the 1978 kidnapping of a rich industrialist.

November 24, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
It's nutty fun where 'Rubber' meets the road

It's nutty fun where 'Rubber' meets the road

If you meet the fiendishly deadpan "Rubber" halfway, its assured mix of cinephile artiness and grindhouse spoof will offer some oddball surprises.

April 28, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Voyeuristic indie best when murky

If you ever thought the peekaboo ominousness of "Blow-Up" or "The Conversation" could be the template for a relationship fidelity drama, "Monogamy" is your movie.

April 07, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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