Bringing a different perspective to a film about death row, the latest from the "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" director offers a smart (and even occasionally funny) look at the perpetual cycle of crime.
If only "Mad Men" were set in post-Soviet Union Russia and experimented with LSD, it might look something like Victor Ginzburg's wildly ambitious and entertaining effects-enhanced satire.
The voyage of a spare raft made of balsa wood across the Pacific Ocean leads to a big adventure in this rollicking historical drama.
An avowed Lars von Trier hater comes to terms with the masterwork that's his latest as the director comes to terms with the end of the world.
Her finest film to date, the new film from the "Humpday" writer/director gets an infusion of movie stars such as Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt to bring out the luminosity in a crackling relationship comedy.
A odd beast of a film that actually delivers, the "Precious" screenwriter's directorial debut is a surprising amount of fun for a somber, surreal tale of two teen assassins who wake up to their lives during what should be a routine hit.
A slighter story than their first film but nonetheless delightful, the second film from the "Persepolis" writer/directors finds a vivid story in the waining days of a suicidal violinist.
If his first feature is an indicator that Rowan Athale was born into filmmaking, the fact that he went to the school where Ken Loach's breakthrough film "Kes" was shot bears it out. Now, Athale's time in the sticks of Great Britain has been put to great use in "Wasteland," a deviously devised heist thriller that may operate with the same smoke and mirrors as a glitzy caper as “Ocean's Eleven,” but takes on an entirely different tenor when set in a sleepy town where everybody knows everybody else.
It's a particularly close knit group of friends who decide to case a working men's club in the neighborhood, a quartet of childhood friends who will open up a coffee shop together should they successfully find their way into the club's safe and additionally extract a small amount of revenge for their mate Harvey (Luke Treadaway), who has been recently released from prison on a drug charge he was set up for by the club's owner. While the mechanics of the job are told in familiar, meticulous detail, what's unfamiliar about it is just how high the stakes are since for a group of small-town lads without much criminal inclination, a score isn't measured in monetary gains as much as in maturity and fostering a greater bond with each other. Shortly after the film's debut at this year's Toronto, Athale spoke about bringing real camaraderie to a caper film, shooting in his real hometown of Yorkshire and the filmmakers that got him interested in becoming a director.
A surprisingly moving lead performance from Penn Badgley and low-key storytelling from director Dan Algrant make this snapshot from the tragically short lives of singer/songwriters Tim and Jeff Buckley a sound success.
Featuring an extraordinary performance by Michael Shannon as a construction worker who sees the world falling apart around him, the sophomore film from "Shotgun Stories" writer/director Jeff Nichols is a natural wonder.