Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen turn their personal experience into fodder for this slight but charming indie about a frustrated American filmmaker and a Norwegian dancer he loved and lost.
Despite repeated attempts to off himself, an Aussie theorizes that he cannot commit suicide successfully until he feels genuine and complete happiness. Given that catch-22 of a premise, this twisty drama is full of ironies.
Nostalgia for the earnestness and moral clarity of ’80s genre movies accounts for the Blu-ray release of two mild exploitation movies, one a proto-Transformers about robots and the other featuring a skateboarding Josh Brolin.
Before his horror breakthrough The Descent, Neil Marshall made a terrific debut with this movie-crazy werewolf thriller, about military exercises gone terribly wrong in the Scottish wilderness.
Jaromil Jires’ 1970 Czech New Wave classic delves into the subconscious of a 13-year-old girl, which takes her through a fantasy realm, but reflects the adolescent experience as well as any coming-of-age film ever made.
This French-Belgian animated co-production takes its designs from Disney, its setting from Michel Ocelot, and its story from history. But in spite of the complications, it’s a fairly simple film.
Mel Rodriguez III’s ostensible romantic comedy concerns the on-again/off-again relationship between two intensely unlikeable people, but doesn’t seem to recognize what disagreeable company they make.
Socialist director Ken Loach mixes Irish politics with dance-hall giddiness in what may be his final film, a period piece about James Gralton, the only Irishman ever to be deported from his country.
While shooting Winter’s Bone, director Debra Granik met Ron “Stray Dog” Hall and began shooting a portrait of his life. Her doc about him is at least five films in one.
Ami Canaan Mann’s third feature offers a refreshingly mature, tender romance between two musicians over the course of a few days in Ogden, Utah. But she retreats to convention when it matters.
A thrilling documentary explores the borderland where those on both sides of the drug war end up with dirty hands.
Senna director Asif Kapadia unpacks the mysteries of Amy Winehouse’s tragic life with a heartbreaking documentary that exposes the toxic influences around her, and the mysteries at the core of her music.
The fifth entry in the increasingly convoluted Terminator series gets some mileage out of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s turn as an aging T-800, but the franchise has exhausted its creative energy.
A sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s hit film about male strippers entertainers delivers the goods on a bigger, looser, just-as-entertaining scale.
Long considered the great lost Les Blank documentary, this digressive portrait of rootsy rock star Leon Russell, now restored and released after four decades, finds poetic ways around its surly subject.
Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s ambitious documentary surveys nine people in Puerto Rico at unique points on the spectrum of transgender and transexual experience.
A beyond-twisty thriller co-written by Aaron Sorkin and Scott Frank looks even better now than it did in 1993.
Bob Rafelson’s New Hollywood classic is remembered for its famous diner scene, but there’s much more to cherish about this character study, which explores the surprising roots of Jack Nicholson’s blue-collar oilman.
While the French New Wave gets all the attention from cinephiles, the popular films of the day get left out of the conversation. A new double feature of escapist Jean-Paul Belmondo vehicles offer a glimpse.