Specialty Releases

The Congress
Film Review: The Congress

Part live-action, part cornea-searing animation, this cinematic overload is ambitious but ultimately fatigues as it plays with the intriguing notion of a fading Hollywood star selling rights so her cyberspace avatar can rise to superstardom and stay forever young in virtual reality. Flashy animation and cynical stabs at celebrity culture and movie-studio finagling keep things lively for a while. More »

The Last of Robin Hood
Film Review: The Last of Robin Hood

Serviceable vehicle for a salacious story. More »

Last Weekend
Film Review: Last Weekend

A sort of modern Chekhovian study of family tensions over a country weekend, this indie drama is very pretty to look at and at times disarming, but needed more punch. More »

The Notebook
Film Review: The Notebook

An aloof adaptation of Agota Kristof's best-seller that's technically impressive but precludes audience identification. More »

Patema Inverted
Film Review: Patema Inverted

"Defying Gravity" is the big hit song of the Broadway musical money-spinner Wicked, but it could just as easily have been the theme for this imaginative fantasy with definite cross-generational appeal. More »

The Damned
Film Review: The Damned

Arrogant Anglos bull their way through Colombia and stir up bad mojo in this formulaic possession picture dedicated to the proposition that not only is the past not dead, it isn't even past. More »

The Calling
Film Review: The Calling

A serial-killer saga that squanders its sturdy cast via torpid scripting and a nonstop stream of clichés. More »

Film Review: Kundo: Age of the Rampant

This puddle-deep but entertaining Sherwood Forest-inspired historical epic zips along at such a colorful, fizzy pace that one is barely aware of its typically Korean surfeit of running time. More »

Shadows from My Past
Film Review: Shadows from My Past

A Holocaust documentary about Austria’s ambiguous past that is not uninteresting yet a tad generic. More »

Second Opinion
Film Review: Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering

Highly provocative documentary posits that a viable cancer drug has been suppressed for more than 40 years. More »

Through a Lens Darkly
Film Review: Through a Lens Darkly

An undeniably great subject is, ironically, trivialized by a blindly too-inclusive and injudicious filmmaker. More »

The Naked Room
Film Review: The Naked Room

Admirable though frustrating attempt to portray mental illness within a neglected population. More »

The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears
Film Review: The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears

A film as stylish as it is narratively labyrinthine. More »

Starred Up review
Film Review: Starred Up

Excellent showcase of director, star and writer talent. More »

May in the Summer
Film Review: May in the Summer

Jordanian brides, their sisters, difficult moms and diffident men would seem to have a lot in common with Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Heigl and other WASP princesses with their own predictable white-gown blues in countless rom-coms. More »

To be Takei
Film Review: To Be Takei

The kaleidoscopic life of the Enterprise's chauffeur—an Asian and gay showbiz pioneer—is explored in this entertaining but diffuse documentary. More »

K2: Siren of the Himalayas
Film Review: K2: Siren of the Himalayas

Mountaineering documentary follows an expedition to K2 in the Himalayas. More »

The Possession of Michael King
Film Review: The Possession of Michael King

All unhappy families may be unhappy in their own way, but movies about possession/exorcism tend to a numbing sameness. That said, The Possession of Michael King, yet another "found footage" frightener, whips up some creepy moments and features a strong performance by Shane Johnson as the atheist who makes the mistake of daring the Devil to prove he's not just another bogeyman. More »

Film Review: Kink

James Franco and regular collaborator Christina Voros teach you everything you always wanted to know about fetish porn (but were afraid to ask). More »

14 Blades
Film Review: 14 Blades

Uneven martial-arts tale benefits from its flashy retro style. More »

Metro Manila
Film Review: Metro Manila

Less emotion and more action might have better served this near-thriller. More »

Film Review: Salvo

Minimalist Mafioso movie features first-rate filmmaking, but shoots a few blanks in the plot department. More »

Kabbalah Me
Film Review: Kabbalah Me

First-time director fumbles a chance to explain a much-discussed topic. More »

Expedition to the End of the World
Film Review: Expedition to the End of the World

Artful doc provokes thought on a variety of subjects. More »

Winter in the Blood
Film Review: Winter in the Blood

An honorable if only intermittently satisfying attempt to access a journey that takes place almost entirely inside the protagonist's head. More »

Rabindranath Tagore
Film Review: Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet of Eternity

This lovingly intended but technically amateurish doc fails to do justice to its important subject. More »

Love is Strange
Film Review: Love is Strange

Ira Sachs’ sublimely told and beautifully acted contemporary romantic drama about an aging gay Manhattan couple hitting some unexpected choppy waters is the flip side of his dark, raw and daring Keep the Lights On but every bit as engaging. John Lithgow and Alfred Molina add complexity and class to a classy production that should resonate with quality-seeking filmgoers, gay or straight. More »

The Trip to Italy
Film Review: The Trip to Italy

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon work hard to be funny in this ultimate piece of luxuriant fluff requiring a surfeit of viewer indulgence. More »

Dinosaur 13
Film Review: Dinosaur 13

Doc chronicling the sad plight of dedicated paleontologists, academics and scholars as they hunt and preserve a prized dinosaur fossil is no treat for kids enthralled by dinosaurs or Jurassic Park adventures, but another wake-up call about injustices that slip through a porous legal system and sock the powerless. More »

Film Review: Moebius

Crazy is as Kim Ki-duk does in this dialogue-free Korean thriller about castration, incest, rape, sadomasochism and much, much more. While Kim has more on his mind than gross-out exploitation, many male viewers will be hard-put to stick around and find out what that might be. More »



Giant Screen Conference to feature laser projection demo

A special technical session of the Giant Screen Cinema Association conference will feature the first large-scale projection demo using a 90,000-lumens Christie 6P laser projection system More »

ShowEast names Cinepolis' Acuna 'International Exhibitor of the Year'

Eduardo Acuña, CEO of Cinépolis in Brazil, will be honored with the 2014 ShowEast “International Exhibitor of the Year” Award More »

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