In ‘The Blind Christ,’ faith is more important than miracles

A Chilean drama that’s as much a poem as it is a movie, makes a mesmerizing effort to put a fresh spin on the story of Christ.

The uninspired ‘Serra Pelada’ retreads old territory

The post “Breaking Bad” glut of anti-hero centric crime flicks only had so much to work with. A man, seeking fortune or some means...

Like its protagonist, ‘A Company Man’ is afraid of commitment

"A Company Man" can’t figure out what kind of movie it wants to be.

Naked comes the ‘Stranger by the Lake’

The French drama thriller is bursting at the seams with sex, simulated and unsimulated.

‘Hell of the Living Dead’ transcends nonsense

Horror has a history of reveling in disaster. Where other genres lock away their failures, horror holds a special place for its own. A...

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 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...

‘Hounds of Love’ should have had a tighter leash

For all its earnest intensity, “Hounds of Love” has remarkably boring stretches. I was puzzled by those moments because everything on-screen was important and...

“Train to Busan” plows ahead at all costs

Zombies have been done time again and again. “Maggie” and “World War Z,” while not great, managed to inject some originality into the genre....

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...

Sound is king in the claustrophobic thriller ‘Office’

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

‘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.

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.'

34 years on, there’s no movie like ‘Eight Diagram Pole Fighter’

I first watched the Shaw Brothers masterpiece “Eight Diagram Pole Fighter” on a Saturday with my now fiancée. I knew what the Shaw Brothers...

God save us from ‘Rise of the Legend’

The martial arts genre is built on Wong Fei-hung's life. Born in 1847, the Chinese folk hero ran a martial arts school and medical...

Despite a valiant effort, ‘Extraordinary Tales’ falls flat

It’s hard to add to an artistic legacy like Edgar Allen Poe’s. The first adaptation of his work was released over 100 years ago,...

‘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...

‘The Second Woman’ doesn’t trust its audience

Watching “The Second Woman” is a bizarre experience. To begin with, it's bad with some good sprinkled on. The good is that it's very...

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

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

‘Miss Violence’ is quiet, too quiet

Calling the group of people in “Miss Violence” a family is like calling prisoners of war safe because they have shelter. There’s no truth...

‘Only God Forgives’ is incoherent and tantalizing

Rating: 3/5Title: Only God ForgivesDirector: Nicolas Winding RefnRelease date: May 30, 2013Genre: ThrillerCountry: DenmarkDirector Nicolas Winding Refn creates worlds of color. The characters in...

The true star of ‘Radius’ is its story

With serviceable performances and a killer narrative, “Radius” rides on its formal strengths more than anything.

‘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...

‘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.

Top 5 foreign films the fanatic watched this year

Do American movies seem stale to you? Are there moments when you want nothing more than to read subtitles? It’s a big, cinematic world out there filled to the brim with non-American films. With 2013’s “Nairobi Half Life,” and “Fanie Fourie’s Lobola,” Kenya and South Africa’s movie industries are on the rise. South Korea is still experiencing a renaissance. Thailand’s industry is growing along with China’s. Argentina and Colombia are coming into some serious economic growth thanks in part to films like 2012’s “Elefante Blanco” and “La Sirga.” But until those movies make it onto DVD, here are five foreign flicks to sate your appetite.

For better and worse, ‘Look Who’s Back’ rides on its premise

Oliver Masucci plays a mean Hitler, one who, surprisingly, is hard to hate. Sure, he’s Hitler, but his time has passed. Or has it?

‘The Clone Returns Home’: Sci-fi with a twist

In the world of “The Clone Returns Home” cloning a body is possible, but what about the spirit? “Even if you extract the memories and destroy the original body, the original soul will still remain,” says Professor Teshigawara (Toru Shinagawa, “Dark Water”) in a scene from the film.

‘Shin Godzilla’ propels Gojira into the 21st century

Thank the lord for the linear thrill ride of “Shin Godzilla.” In a world where white supremacists are on the march again and our...

In ‘Raw,’ the family that eats together, keeps together

Save the cannibalistic urges, relating to “Raw’s” protagonist Justine (Garance Marillier) as she navigates the bloody sex maze of Veterinarian school is easy. She’s...

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...