Hong Kong Film Festival, San Francisco

Ruan Ling-yu was among the biggest Chinese silent-film stars, acclaimed, adored, and compared to Greta Garbo. Her brief life - ending in suicide before turning 25 - seems just as mysterious as that of the great "I vant to  ...

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  ...