Set at a Catholic boarding school for boys in Vichy France, Louis Malle’s Holocaust-themed coming-of-age drama Au Revoir les Enfants is possibly his best.
2020 Venice Film Festival Awards: Is Frances McDormand on her way to a third Best Actress Oscar for Chloé Zhao’s Golden Lion winner Nomadland?
Luchino Visconti gives Dostoevsky the un-Hollywood treatment in the romantic drama White Nights. Marcello Mastroianni and Maria Schell star.
Krzysztof Kieslowski’s sublime 1993 psychological drama Three Colors: Blue provides Juliette Binoche with one of the best roles of her career.
Mohamed Majd + Nicolas Cazalé’s spot-on performances give a great boost to Ismaël Ferroukhi’s’s father-son road (to Mecca) movie The Great Journey.
Javier Bardem is an inadequate lead in Alejandro Amenábar’s pro-euthanasia melodrama The Sea Inside. The supporting cast, however, is first-rate.
Imelda Staunton delivers a superb performance as a mid-1950s abortionist in Mike Leigh’s family + socially conscious drama Vera Drake.
Alejandro González Iñárritu + Guillermo Arriaga’s overreaching psychological drama 21 Grams is immensely helped by 5 excellent performances.
John Cassavetes’ landmark and widely admired 1968 independent drama Faces is a narrative wreck and a long-winded cinematic chore.
Venice Festival: The Golden Lion victory of Mike Leigh’s abortion drama at the snafu-plagued Biennale has infuriated Italian nativists rooting for local father-son tale.
Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 action classic Seven Samurai is one of those rare films that get better and better with each new viewing. Toshiro Mifune stars.
Fred Zinnemann’s drug addiction drama A Hatful of Rain is spoiled by its screenplay and the acting of 3 of its 4 leads. Eva Marie Saint is the sole standout.