Chief Inspector Tony Gates is a loving father and dedicated officer who solves cases in his own hard nosed style. It seems though that his solve rate is too good to be true so for this reason a special task force begins investigating him and his team. This isn't the only trouble...
Movie Genre: Foreign
This is what movies are made for. It has everything, comedy, charm, romance, circumstance, and tragedy. Roberto Benigni directs and plays the role of a Jewish Italian father who ends up in a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and son. It is a heart wrenching story and hard subject matter, but...
I admit that I picked up this title simply because I saw the ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover but he has a relatively minor role in this two part series. Based on a book of the same name the movie follows the lives of Jamaican immigrants in London during and after...
Literally, a cliff hanger! Based on a true story, this will leave you hanging...
The film starts off with a classic gangster flick smash and grab and immediately you think that the two characters are gangsters. Not so, however; Vincent is a devoted father, husband and police officer. He masterminded the theft of drugs as part of a larger plan which is revealed...
An unfortunate accident leads to the demise of the French teacher in a suburban school and an immigrant from Algeria is hired to replace her. He soon finds though that helping children deal with grief is no small feat especially given the principal's desire for life to return to normal as...
Teaching is a tough profession for new graduates and seasoned veterans. Francois is a French teacher to students in the suburbs of Paris. Almost all his students have origins in France's former colonies in Africa and the Caribbean. He finds that culture clashes influence the...
The German film director, Margarethe von Trotta, chooses stories about strong, conflicted women so it is not surprising her latest film is a biopic about Hannah Arendt. In the 1930s, Arendt was prohibited from teaching in Germany because she was Jewish. She was stripped of her citizenship,...
Much of the hype around this French film is due to the "first time" sex scene between the two young lovers, Adèle and Emma. When I screened the film at the Mayan, the majority of the audience was over 50 and women. Surprisingly, during the sex scene, there was laughter from this group...
Shira is 18 years old and must decide whether to be true to herself or fulfill a family duty. Ultimately the question is whether or not they are one in the same. I saw the film three times in the movie theater to take advantage of the larger screen as several parts of the film are beautiful...
I normally don't watch movies that are based on books but the premise behind this story seemed so intriguing that I decided to give it a whirl. The movie details the adventures of a young Indian boy called Piscine (French for swimming pool) but who goes by Pi. His family owned some...
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has a penchant for creating hazy and imaginatively detailed worlds focused on the adventures of outsiders, and such is the case in his film Micmacs . The French title for Micmacs literally translates to "non-stop shenanigans," which is a surprisingly...
This film was the Czech Republic's official entry into the Best Foreign Language category of the 77th Academy Awards and the lives of many different sets of people are intertwined in this film. Two bungling crooks deliver a cargo of illegal immigrants and mistakenly...
This film combines Chinese sentimental drama, wire-fu, and some pretty crazy (if slightly corny) computer generated animation. Put together it’s a fun, unexpected film. Jet Li stars as a Buddhist monk/demon hunter on a mission to clear the land of evil. But what happens when one of his partners...
This story deals centers mainly around Salomon Sarowitsch, a Russian Jew who lived a fast life from counterfeiting money. He is arrested and sent to a concentration camp but his drawing talent gets him transferred to another camp in which he and other Jewish prisoners are...
Inspired by the silent, slap-stick comedy of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd, Pierre Étaix (rhymes with “apex”) produced a series of short and feature-length films between 1962 and 1971 that are completely unique and utterly charming. A series of complex rights...
A different kind of coming of age story, 17 year old Joshua slowly begins to understand the family business. There are some true psychopaths in the mix but nothing is more horrific than Janine, Josh's grandmother. The actor Jackie Weaver does such a good job playing Janine, you will be astounded...
Lovers of wire-fu and Indiana Jones rejoice! Finally, someone has made a movie combining the two! The main character is even a fedora wearing professor! Great martial arts action without tons of blood or corpses littering the ground.
17 Girls is the perfect mixture of teen rebellion and feminist unity. The film is a French take on the pregnancy pact trend in the United States. It follows a group of high school girls who attempt to reverse the stigmas of single motherhood and teen pregnancy by planning to raise their...
Jean-Luc Godard's Band of Outsiders (1964) is at once a deconstruction of the codes of the classical Hollywood heist film, a melancholy love triangle, and a meditation on the star persona of his muse, Anna Karina. (In this respect, it can be ...
The craziest Almodóvar film yet - really creepy good!
Celebrated Taiwanese auteur, Hou Hsiao-hsien, created this low-key Japanese-language drama in honor of the centenary of the birth of Japanese golden-age filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu. It charts a brief period in the life Yoko, a young Japanese writer and scholar of Taiwanese...
Sweet French film about first love, abandonment and moving on (or not)
Funny and sweet, this Norwegian crime caper will surprise you.
Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 deutsche marks to pay back the gangster her boyfriend owes. This film is not only about Lola's frantic run through the city to try and find the money by any means possible, it is also about how decisions can affect the rest of your life. A fantastic...
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