Now playing in L.A.: A sampling of the best recent German films

Ready to take a break from the multiplex? The L.A. Goethe-Institut's summer film series German Currents Retrospective 2007–2015 is a good starting point for anyone curious to see the most lauded recent movies from Germany. And all the screenings are FREE. Read more [...]

‘A Coffee in Berlin’ (a.k.a. ‘Oh Boy’): What is the German word for ‘slacker’?

Opens across the U.S. this month... finally! Niko Fischer's life in Berlin consists of drifting. He just can't be bothered with other people, a job, or any entanglements at all. Writer-director Jan Ole Gerster's droll case study in flatlining is the most acclaimed debut film to come out of Germany in many years — and rightly so. Read more [...]

A ‘Starlet’ just waiting to be discovered

Out now on DVD and Blu-ray: The less you know about Starlet in advance, the better. But even knowing the big surprise in advance doesn’t detract from what a good movie Starlet turns out to be —nor does it prepare you for how unexpectedly poignant the ending is. Read more [...]

Brazil’s ‘Neighboring Sounds’ finally makes it to L.A. screens

Voted one of the Best Films of 2012, Brazil's Neighboring Sounds finally makes it to L.A. screens this week. This "daylight noir" is a pointed break with stereotypical images of Brazil — good to see before next year's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Read more [...]

That puzzling Best Original Screenplay win for ‘Django Unchained’

I wanted to love Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and I actually did enjoy much of it, for about two-thirds of its 165-minute running time. But it's hard to account for what a bust the last third of the movie is — and harder still to account for the script winning Best Original Screenplay. Read more [...]