The Golden Horse Awards’ surprise Best Film is an environmentally conscious Tibet-set ‘Western’ that beat an all-star international hit directed by Wong Kar-Wai.
Culture clash movies have dominated this year’s European Film Awards, while Pedro Almodóvar was the biggest loser and Liv Ullmann got the longest standing ovation.
Personal and political realms are inexorably intertwined in the Chilean coming-of-age drama Machuca, set at the time of that country’s 1973 military coup.
Shades of Hitchcock and Antonioni in the Rio de Janeiro-set Fernanda Montenegro showcase The Other Side of the Street / O Outro Lado da Rua.
The London Film Festival’s Satyajit Ray Award has gone to Nicole Kassell’s U.S. drama The Woodsman, starring Kevin Bacon as a child molester.
The Carthage Film Festival Award has gone to Mohammed Asli’s socially conscious Moroccan drama In Casablanca Angels Don’t Fly.
Award-winning Iraq War-themed drama gets US distribution + veteran Oscar winner has been hospitalized + Antarctica is getting its very first movie theater.
Menahem Golan’s Oscar-nominated flag-waving 1977 political thriller Operation Thunderbolt is a dismal failure as both cinema and propaganda.
Foreign Language Film Oscar get entries from 49 countries, but 2 internationally acclaimed Gael García Bernal movies have ended up as Academy Award orphans.
Imelda Staunton delivers a superb performance as a mid-1950s abortionist in Mike Leigh’s socially conscious family drama Vera Drake.
Unexpected UK and Australia decisions about the sex scenes in Michael Winterbottom’s explicit romantic drama 9 Songs has irked prudes.
A less effusive Shakespeare in Love rehash, Stage Beauty fails to delve into the complexities of gender and sexual identity.
The Oscar-nominated The Grandfather works both as a Fernando Fernán Gómez showcase and as an irresistible message movie.
War-related movies were the clear favorites at the San Sebastian Film Festival, where Lifetime Achievement honors went to Woody Allen and Annette Bening.
A trio of French film stars are among the celebrities offering support for hostages being held in Iraq + an Iranian director has been hospitalized after Moral Police arrest.
The new Claude Lelouch film is a critical and box office bomb. The director is resorting to radical measures, but fellow veteran Philippe de Broca thinks that’s a bad idea.
Venice Festival: The Golden Lion victory of Mike Leigh’s abortion drama at the snafu-plagued Biennale has angered Italian nativists rooting for local father-son tale.
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Alfonso Cuarón’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 adaptation proves that CGI and movie magic aren’t the same thing.
This year’s Toronto Fest has had its share of controversies, including those surrounding documentaries about animal abuse and White House contender John Kerry.
In the brazenly ‘offensive’ satire The Perfect Crime, a phenomenal Mónica Cervera is a shy shopgirl who becomes an all-controlling, sexually insatiable Medusa.
First-rate athlete Tony Jaa is the one positive element in the juvenile and reactionary martial arts actioner Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior.
Robert Siodmak’s 1957 political drama The Devil Strikes at Night asks whether serial killers are any worse than socially sanctioned mass murderers.
What are the best British films of all time? A violent thriller is critics’ surprise #1 choice, while women-focused titles are (as usual) almost completely ignored.
Chris and Paul Weitz’s reactionary audience-pandering comedy About a Boy (2002) stars Hugh Grant as a man who tragically discovers his inner family man.
The Adolf Hitler movie debate revolves around the question of whether the most hated modern political leader should be portrayed as a complex human being.