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.
Flight Of The Conchords’ Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement bring the show’s whimsy to a hilarious mockumentary about centuries-old vampires dealing with the mundanity of the real world.
One of Preston Sturges’ best, funniest films tries to find out what happens to marriages after “happily every after.”
Bamako’s Abderrahmane Sissako returns with a film about the Islamist takeover of Timbuktu that’s both tragic and effortlessly humane.
Truth and tall tales collide in Guy Maddin’s whimsical reminiscence about his hometown, which mythologizes a place and a people who chose not to make a big deal about themselves.
All is not what it seems, in more ways than one, in a Peter Strickland-directed homage to European softcore, which has more than titillation on its mind.
Writer-director Paul Harrill stakes out new ground in the well-trodden territory of movie protagonists who check out of their lives. In this case, it’s a woman who re-evaluates her career and marriage after a miscarriage.