Sound is king in the claustrophobic thriller ‘Office’

The noise of white collar Korea is essential to representing the horror of it.

‘The Quiet Earth” is Sci-Fi done right

Title: Director: Country: Release date: Rating: "The Quiet Earth" Geoff Murphy New Zealand October 18, 1985 4/5 The best science fiction embraces its premise. This is clear 20 minutes into “The Quiet Earth,” when...

‘Force Majeure’ is unbearably tense

In many other movies, an avalanche would be the climax. The hero, at the end of his rope, hanging over some infinitely black cavern,...

‘District 9’ falls apart in the end

“District 9” was released seven years ago to critical acclaim. Much of it was well-deserved. Director Neill Blomkamp had managed, in many ways, to...

‘The Day the Sky Exploded’ is just boring

Before Italian science fiction lost its collective mind with madcap creations like “Super Argo and the Faceless Giants” and “King of Kong Island,” there...

Is it hot in here or is it just ‘The Handmaiden?’

To call Korean auteur Park Chan-wook’s newest crime drama ravishing would be an understatement. It’s lusty to the core and focused on sweating bodies and post-World War II politics with enough twists to make John le Carré blush.

Stellan Skarsgard saves ‘In Order of Disappearance’

It's hard to make violence in movies meaningful. So hard, in fact, that most movies, especially big budget releases, can't get their head around...

Like its central relationship, ‘On Body and Soul’ missteps at a crucial moment

“On Body and Soul” is Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi’s first feature in 18 years, so maybe that misstep is understandable...

‘I’m Not Scared’ lives up to its name

Sometimes it’s fun to watch a movie fall apart, but those movies usually start out with no promise of getting better. “I’m Not Scared” is the opposite. The first act is foreboding and feels like Hitchcock at his best, but the final two thirds feel like a “Downhill” slide.

‘We Are Not Alone’ feels like nothing at all

If I taught a horror history course, I’d open it with the Peruvian bore, “We Are Not Alone.” Not because it’s anything special, mind...

The jokes in ‘No Filter’ are wrung dry

It's easy to drive a joke into the ground. “No Filter,” for some reason, makes it a point to do so. Every gag, and...

‘Beyond the Black Rainbow’ is beautiful, empty

Title: Director: Country: Release date: Rating: "Beyond the Black Rainbow" Panos Cosmatos Canada December 31, 2010 3/5 stars The annals of sci-fi are haunted by the campiness, and occasional genius, of the ‘70s and...

Incompetency reigns in the Spanish hodgepodge ‘The Invisible Guardian’

“The Invisible Guardian” is another banal crime thriller slapped together with all the good pieces of better crime thrillers.

The painful ‘After the Wedding’ hits hard

The best family dramas can be unbearable to watch. Anyone who's had a tense confrontation with a loved one can attest that complicated dynamics...

Blink and you might miss the fierce Indian crime caper ‘Delhi Belly’

In this dark Indian comedy, Tashi’s empty-headed fiancee Sonia unknowingly plays courier for a crime syndicate but can’t follow through, so she thrusts the responsibility onto Tashi, who thrusts onto Nitin, who thrusts it onto Arup.

The frustrating ‘Huba’ overstates its point

Foreign Film Fanatic Jacob Holley-Kline says the story of Polish film 'Huba' is 'too thin to be interesting.'

The people are the point of ‘The Propaganda Game’

So many documentaries about North Korea focus on Kim Jong-un's regime. Interviews with the citizens emphasize the horror they live under, but not who...

Dour, thy name is ‘The Ritual’

Really, “The Ritual” has an identity problem: is it a monster flick smart enough to look original but too dumb to work? Or is it a coming-of-age story for four friends whose trauma keeps them apart?

By putting characters first, ‘Ixcanul’ becomes a transcendental experience

Guatemalan drama starts slow, surprises later with its striking characters and deemphasized setting

“Moloch Tropical” doesn’t reach its ambitions

TV movies rightfully get a bad wrap. The Lifetime television network alone deserves a separate section at the Razzie awards. But, disproving the notion...

‘Outrage’ is a muddled thrill ride

When it comes to gangster epics, shifting alliances and betrayal are commonplace. Few achieve the near-perfect balance of “The Godfather,” but many try. “Outrage”...

There’s a terrifying secret hiding ‘Under the Shadow’

There’s something to be said for the horror genre repeating itself. Like other genre fiction, horror has some very specific tropes and archetypes it...

It’s a war of tones in the tryhard Austrian flick ‘Sarajevo’

Never has a movie been as blindingly overexposed as “Sarajevo.”

‘Once’ is a bittersweet lullaby

Tales of star-crossed lovers have graced movie screens since the beginning of cinema. Some are fine with being sappy, others strive for realism, but...

Beneath the artistry, ‘When Animals Dream’ is nothing new

It's tiring sitting through the same horror movie time and again. There are a few diamonds in the rhinestones, but “When Animals Dream” is...

‘Brazil’ is dystopian at its best

  Title: Brazil Release date: Feb. 20, 1985 Director: Terry Gilliam Genre: Sci-Fi Country: United Kingdom Rating: 4 out of 5   Every single bureaucrat and piece of technology in Terry Gilliam’s...

‘The Raid: Redemption’ is mostly bad

Most martial arts movies have bad character development and stories. They’re only redeemed through their fight scenes. A swift kick to the jaw or...

‘Verónica’s’ paranormal drama can go two ways, and both are tired

After her father’s death, unstable teenager Verónica (Sandra Escacena) tries to contact him via ouija board, only to be possessed by a dark force.

Plotlessness kills the mood of ‘When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism’

Movies with a one-track mind can be frustrating. The needlessly titled “When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism” has just such a mind. Watching...

‘Baskin’ breaks through finals week blues

Finals week crushes even the strongest students. It's a stressful, grating time where it's not unheard of to break down every once and a...