August 22, 2008 Audacious Czech dramedy feels a bit like an Eastern European Forrest Gump — though its protagonist isn't quite so innocent, and the tumultuous times he lives through are markedly harsher. (Recommended)
August 14, 2008 The Luke Wilson vehicle is a parable of averted martyrdom that turns on a Roman Catholic notion of the miraculous — though its fundamental message is closer to a Hallmark card than to the New Testament.
August 14, 2008 There are ominous goings-on, yes — a murder, even — but mostly what gets slashed in Claude Chabrol's wittily accomplished new black comedy are bourgeois facades and upright reputations.
August 8, 2008 Isabel Coixet's film follows a refined formula — acclaimed actors, source material by Philip Roth, a classy soundtrack. But the gentility of tone masks, when it might contrast, a brute of a protagonist.
August 1, 2008 The latest Mummy-franchise flick moves from the Nile Delta to the Yellow River Basin. If it makes a hash of history, it's an engaging homage to Chinese movies that earlier plundered the Qin emperor's grave.
July 17, 2008 A twisted take on the usual Hong Kong crime film, Mad Detective is a psychologically harrowing thriller with a supernatural side. It even possesses elements of another Asian cinematic staple: the ghost story.
June 27, 2008 Walter Mitty meets Lara Croft, and then both pretend they're in The Matrix. That's Hollywood's latest hymn to hit men, a brutal but lazily plotted actioner from Russia's Timur Bekmambetov.
June 26, 2008 The French box-office smash is overstuffed with conspiracies, but beautifully constructed and thematically rich — so it remains a pleasure even as the story becomes increasingly implausible.
June 19, 2008 Monica Ali's best-selling 2003 novel gets the big-screen treatment from director Sarah Gavron. It's a cautious, almost timid take on the story — with a few pleasant surprises.
June 19, 2008 Director Patricia Rozema may once have courted controversy (with her revisionist Mansfield Park, for instance), but she doesn't take any risks with this kiddie-franchise film about the American Girl heroine.
June 13, 2008 Biting yet empathetic, Jan Hrebejk's latest is a serious farce. But for all its twists, it's essentially a simple tale about one woman's choice between tumultuous true love or a less passionate — but more comfortable — existence.
June 5, 2008 Sergei Bodrov's film is a widescreen epic, with the requisite battle scenes — but the focus is on humanizing Temudjin-who-will-be-Khan, by showing the defeats that drove him to become a world-beater.
June 5, 2008 A grown son (Colin Firth) grapples with his love for the dying father (Jim Broadbent) he has ample reason to hate; Anand Tucker's film is an ambitious, but ultimately middling adaptation of Blake Morrison's memoir.
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