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Toronto 2021 Review: THE MIDDLE MAN, A Deadpan Comedy about Life

The small midwestern town of Karmack is dying. Figuratively, as its principal industry, a rail-yard, have been lost to the vagaries of globalization. Also, quite literally, as there has been a lengthy string of fatal accidents that prompts the town...

Friday One Sheet: THE MIDDLE MAN

I remain committed to showcasing key art that makes good use of textured wallpaper. In this case, the poster is for a Canadian/Norwegian production from deadpan director Bent Hamer. Hamer's films are difficult to describe, oddball dramas, subtle comedies, ultra-niche...

Locarno 2021 Review: ZEROS AND ONES, Abel Ferrara Destroys Vatican, Spy Thrillers in Perplexing Pandemic Film

Ethan Hawke stars in Abel Ferrara's puzzling punk spy thriller.

Review: USEDOM: A CLEAR VIEW OF THE SEA, Where Nothing Ever Happens, Except Everything

Director Heinz Brinkman's documentary is an absorbing look at a Baltic Sea Island, diving beneath its surface beauties.

Review: BLOOD RED SKY, Vampires on a Plane, Bloody, Gory Fun

Peri Baumeister, Carl Anton Koch and Alexander Scheer star in the action-horror-thriller, directed by Peter Thorwarth, now streaming on Netflix.

Review: SIBERIA, Willem Dafoe on an Abel Ferrara Roller Coaster

Willem Dafoe, Dounia Sichov and Simon McBurney star in a European horror fantasy, directed by Abel Ferrara.

Review: UNDINE Reinvents the Mythical Water Creature Story

Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski star in an alluring tale of romance and betrayal, directed by Christian Petzold.

Interview: Christian Petzold on UNDINE

Melding this fantasy with the tumultuous history of the city of Berlin, Petzold concocts another beautifully written and gorgeously realized film that is at once seductive and thought provoking.

Review: BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ, Highly Successful, Though Mixed Bag

Burhan Qurbani directs the latest adaptation; Welket Bungué, Albrecht Schuch and Jella Haase star.

Germany's UNDINE: Water Creature Swims Toward U.S. Theaters

Director Christian Petzold invariably crafts stories into sterling works of cinematic art. Thus, I'm very glad to hear that last year's Undine is heading to select U.S. theaters, courtesy of IFC Films, starting on June 4. In New York, it...

Review: QUO VADIS, AIDA?, Searing Indictment of War From Not So Distant Past

Writer/director Jasmila Zbanica presents a powerful, harrowing film, with a stellar performance by Jasna Djuricic in the title role.

Berlinale 2021 Review: I'M YOUR MAN, Sex, Love and Algorithms

Do androids dream of romantic clichés?

Tallinn 2020 Review: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and ENFANT TERRIBLE

Oskar Roehler portrays the tortured genius in an unrestrained biopic about Rainer Werner Fassbinder

New York 2020 Review: UNDINE, Folklore Gets Fresh Makeover in Beguiling Christian Petzold Romance

Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski star in director Christian Petzold's reinvention of a mythical water creature story that parallels the history of the city of Berlin.

New York 2020 Review: NOTTURNO, Legacy of Colonialism in the Middle East

Directed by Gianfranco Rosi ('Sacro GRA,' 'Fire at Sea'), the documentary is biting and enormously affecting.

Review: Criterion Rediscovers THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM

Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta's tense German political thriller gets a much-needed high-definition upgrade.

Review: 7500 Delivers a Story Unworthy of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Talents

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in director Patrick Vollrath's thriller, now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Now Streaming: SYNONYMS, Hilarious, Poignant, Filled With Manic Energy

Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, and Louise Chevillotte star in director Nadav Lapid's film, now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

Franco Nero in Exclusive THE COLLINI CASE Clip: Bloody Footprints

You had me at Franco Nero. If you need more than that, here's a quick description drawn from the official synopsis: 'Lawyer Caspar Leinen (Elyas M'Barek) is confronted with a spectacular case when he is appointed by the court to...

INTRIGO: DEAR AGNES Trailer Dives Into Marital Malice and Murder

Gemma Chan, Carla Juri, and Jamie Sives star in the mystery thriller, directed by Daniel Alfredson.