The last movie currently on the Studio Ghibli docket, Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s gorgeous feature about an asthmatic girl who meets a strange friend in the country shows the animation house continuing to raise the bar on lavish, detailed imagery.
Director George Miller returns to his post-apocalyptic series for the first time since 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, setting a new standard for action while addressing tough philosophical questions.
Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic returns in a Blu-ray edition that just confirms its timelessness.
Writer-director Joss Whedon improves on the first Avengers movie with an exciting, fast-paced superhero adventure that serves its many characters while weighing the difficulties of doing the right thing in a complicated world.
A benchmark for black filmmaking in the 1970s, Michael Schultz’s film could be called an inner-city answer to American Graffiti if its memories of growing up in Chicago’s Near North Side weren’t so specific.
Adapted from Charles Willeford’s crime novel, George Armitage’s colorful 1990 Florida noir is by turns fizzy and menacing, and a brilliant showcase for Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Fred Ward.
Enhanced by access to the artist’s archives, Brett Morgen’s look at the life of Kurt Cobain avoids rehashing familiar facts in favor of finding the man beneath them.
Director Jean Renoir worked in black-and-white his entire career—and then traveled to India for a sumptuous production that Martin Scorsese ranks as one of the most beautiful films ever made in color.
Two years before making The Third Man, director Carol Reed ventured into noir-like territory with this thriller starring a great James Mason as a wounded Irish nationalist seeking shelter in Northern Ireland after a botched robbery.
Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart anchor a two-hander about intimacy and performance that cannily reflects the maturation of both its director and star.
Finally making its U.S. theatrical debut, Asghar Farhadi’s devastating 2009 ensemble piece about a woman’s disappearance on vacation anticipates the riveting, prismatic drama of A Separation and The Past.
Two estranged brothers venture from Buenaventura, Colombia up the Pacific coast with a cocaine-packed torpedo shell in tow in Josef Kubota Wladyka’s tense, beautifully shot, and socially attuned thriller.
Now available on two Criterion Blu-rays—his first two films in one, the third in the other—Errol Morris’ verité portraits of eccentrics in Gates Of Heaven and Vernon, Florida look different than the stylized true crime of The Thin Blue Line, but they have a lot in common.
A thoughtful second feature from the team behind Resolution uses the supernatural to explore intimate themes.
The fright runs deep in a symbolically rich new horror film from the director of The Myth Of The American Sleepover.
François Truffaut’s follow-up to a three-masterpiece run looks like a movie made by someone exploring tone, characterization, and his own skills.
A dark comedy considers life on the fringes of the American economy through the eyes of a character with the will, but not the wits, to scam his way to stability.
Jean Renoir’s 40-minute masterpiece, based on the Guy de Maupassant short story “A Country Excursion,” still impresses with its lush imagery, sexual candor, and exquisite proportionality.