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"The loss of childhood innocence and the suffocating despair of adulthood come together in "Jasper Jones," a beautifully composed portrait of life in late-s small-town Australia. Centered on a 14-year-old boy caught up in a murder mystery involving a part-Aboriginal suspect, this outstanding adaptation of Craig Silvey?s novel will appeal strongly to teenage and adult audiences. Boasting excellent performances by young actors Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller (Pan) and Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), and with Toni Collette in top form as the protagonist?s frustrated mother, this is the best film yet by director Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae). "
- Richard Kuipers, Variety
"It?s compelling as a whodunnit, touching as a coming-of-age story, insightful as a picture of race relations and crafty as a drama about secrets, concealing a few of its own for a final, satisfying reveal."
- Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian
"...one of the best and most heartfelt Australian films of the last decade."
- Richard Gray, The Reel Bits
IMBER'S LEFT HAND
"This beautiful film...takes the wind out of you."
- The Boston Globe
"A masterpiece...the eulogizing of the creative force and artistic life of one of America's leading painters- in his own vibrant voice."
- Daniel Kany, Maine Sunday Telegram
"It's heartbreaking watching Imber's condition deteriorate but he finds so much joy in his creations, particularly a series of more than 100 portraits of friends and family. To the credit of director Richard Kane, the movie remains clear-eyed about both Imber and his courageous wife, painter Jill Hoy, even as it celebrates Imber's determination to remain vital until his final days."
- Amy Longsdorf, Courier-Post
"...this film is beautiful in its dappled-sunshine light, and powerful in the story of transformation that it tells. And Rivoire, a deaf French student who had never acted before, makes Marie both fierce and achingly vulnerable. Toward the end, we see her outside as snow gently falls; she reaches out, touching the flakes, rejoicing in something she somehow knows is joy."
- Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times
"Marie's Story is lovely and sweet, sad and uplifting.... it satisfies them nicely with vivid performances, beautiful imagery, and compassionate direction."
- Sean Axmaker, Seattle Weekly
"An assured, emotionally satisfying French offering. Carré...plays her determined character with moving obstinacy and grace."
- Peter Debruge, Variety
THE PARIS OPERA
"Russian veteran Andrei Konchalovsky is on robust form in this richly monochrome, perspective-rotating Holocaust drama."
- Guy Lodge, Variety
"... persuasively acted, elegantly shot in black and white and altogether a handsome prestige period production..."
- Jonathan Romney, Screen International
"...the great Russian DoP Alexander Simonov...works chiaroscuro wonders with what the end credits identify as a combination of 35mm and 16mm stock, his 4:3 black-and-white images and complex lighting set-ups often harking back to golden-age monochrome cinematography. "
- Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"[An] intelligent and universally resonant crowd-pleaser..."
- Alissa Simon, Variety
"**** Hrebejk and Jarchovsy deftly employ humour as a way of mocking and undercutting their anti-heroine while preventing their overall point about power and corruption from becoming preachy. "
- Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Effectively transposing ൔ Angry Men" into the most intense PTA meeting of all time, Jan Hrebejk's "The Teacher" is a sardonic, richly seriocomic morality play..."
- David Ehrlich, Indiewire
BAD LUCKY GOAT
"An unexpected surprise, Bad Lucky Goat is lively and spry, funny and thoughtful. "
- Peter Martin, Screen Anarchy
"There?s a whiff of The Gods Must Be Crazy whimsy wafting through Bad Lucky Goat, an affably quirky debut feature by Bogota, Colombia-based Samir Oliveros."
- Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter
"The playful narrative careens from a series of exotic locales, from rastafari drum makers to a climactic cock fight, with a blend of naturalistic dialogue and magic realism that?s both charming and unpredictable. The vivid backdrop creates an infectious atmosphere to this lighthearted romp, which stands toe-to-toe with Ozu in its depiction of angsty kids at odds with their surroundings. Yet Oliveros manages to use the rich environment to imbue the proceedings with an otherworldly quality that tips into fantasy and creates the sense that anything could happen. It?s a genuine crowdpleaser.... "
- Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"[M]asterful performances. [T]his tale approaches a family?s flawed construct with the critical seriousness of Robert Bresson or Fukada?s compatriot Nagisa Oshima."
- Maggie Lee, Variety
"[C]ommands attention from start to finish. The film?s insights into the isolation evident in the relationships most take for granted ? marriages, parent-child connections and long-term friendships ? don?t merely hit their targets; they smash them with a sledgehammer."
- Sarah Ward, Screen Dailly
"...deeply involving and uncannily affecting..."
- Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
"The reliably interesting Emmanuelle Devos brings complexity to this sleek, Chabrol-like story of a mother's revenge mission."
- Guy Lodge, Variety
"A mother's haunting grief propels her on an obsessive quest for answers and possible revenge in Moka, a mournful, slow-burning psychological thriller adapted from the 2006 novel by Tatiana de Rosnay. Frederic Mermoud's return to feature films...has a strong affinity with the writing of Patricia Highsmith and the films of Claude Chabrol and should appeal to an audience seeking moral complexity in their thrillers..."
- Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
"A classy and classical psychological thriller."
- Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
"The film stands as an imposing monument to the memory of a great artist."
- Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily
"Built on a classical narrative structure, Afterimage really puts the emphasis on its remarkable lead actor, Boguslaw Linda, a legendary performer in Poland, who has, in the past, starred in films by the country's greatest directors."
- Dorota Hartwich, Cineuropa
"Afterimage is as elegantly assembled as all of Wajda's work: beautifully lit, tastefully art-directed, and handsomely shot by Pawel Edelman, who was Oscar-nominated for his work on Polanski's The Pianist. "
- Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter