The Great Raid

The Great Raid is solid value - an honest, well-crafted, engrossing story. What can an obscure World War II episode offer six decades after the fact? A great deal when it's done as well as it is here.  ...

Junebug

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Junebug is a quirky, moderately entertaining, mildly depressing, altogether frustrating work, with director Phil Morrison's many sudden stops in the action to contemplate an interior empty scene that has nothing  ...

Fear and Trembling (Stupeur et tremblements)

A mindboggling view into the heart of Japan, Fear and Trembling includes some of the incongruous hilarity of Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation and the monstrous (if ceremonially correct) barbarity of Nagisa Oshima's Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, but it's  ...

The Aristocrats

Paul Provenza's The Aristrocrats is so unspeakably filthy and offensive that only pre-pubescent kids or sophisticated scholars of obscene cinema may be able to appreciate it. Otherwise, those not titillated by a nonstop feces-and-incest talk orgy would profit by  ...

The Warrior

Asif Kapadia's The Warrior is a work of rare and consuming integrity. This brilliant new British director made his debut at 29, in 2001, when The Warrior was released widely in Europe. Only in 2005 has it finally been  ...

The Beautiful Country

One simple but essential factor that makes Vietnamese films so stunning is the sheer beauty of the country. Add now to the unforgettable landscapes in Tony Bui's Three Seasons and Tran Anh Hung's Scent of Green Papaya, Cyclo, and  ...

March of the Penguins

A mere 100 million years ago, in the mid-Cretaceous era, Antarctica was a tropical paradise, teeming with life. When things changed and ice covered everything (eventually to a depth of 13,000 feet), every single terrestrial life form died out  ...

Art – Yasmina Reza

There are few "small plays" that stay with the audience as well as Yasmina Reza's Art. Ten years ago, when this French play first appeared in Christopher Hampton's translation at the West End, the stellar cast consisted of Albert  ...

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)

Dislocation is rarely a pleasant experience, but when the title object of Howl's Moving Castle first comes into view, its visual, historical, stylistic ambiguity is downright thrilling. Master animator Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) once again takes  ...

3-Iron (Bin-jip)

How would you identify and remember a film director called Kim, when there are only 25 family names among 65 million Koreans (north and south combined), and about 30 million are called Kim? Make an effort, and learn the  ...