Film Reviews A – M



U.S., 2011

Director: John Singleton
With: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Maria Bello

peligroso es su nombre medioAin’t Them Bodies Saints

U.S., 2013

Director: David Lowery
With: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster


France, 1965

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
With: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina

See also: A roundup of Alphaville posters from around the world

AmericanHustle_intlAmerican Hustle

U.S., 2013

Director: David O. Russell
With: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

See also: Seriously, this movie was almost released abroad as American Bullshit.

Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein

Germany, 2012

Director: Sherry Hormann
With: Johanna Wokalek, Iris Berben, Benjamin Sadler, Itay Tiran

assassin_us_posterThe Assassin 
(a.k.a. Nie yin niang)

Taiwan/Hong Kong/France, 2015

Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
With: Shu Qi, Chang Chen

austenland posterAustenland

U.K./U.S., 2013

Director: Jerusha Hess
With: Keri Russell, Bret McKenzie, JJ Feild, Jane Seymour


Italy/France, 1960

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
With: Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti, Lea Massari


Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

U.S., 2009

Director: Werner Herzog
With: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer


here comes the hot stepperThe Band Wagon

U.S., 1953

Director: Vincente Minnelli
With: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse



Germany, 2012

Director: Christian Petzold
With: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock

See also: The ‘Berlin School’ invades New York’s MOMA

Before Midnight

U.S., 2013

Director: Richard Linklater
With: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy


U.S., 2007

Director: Julian Schnabel
With: Lou Reed, Sharon Jones, Antony Hegarty, Emmanuelle Seigner


Beyond the Hills
(a.k.a. Dupa dealuri)

Romania/France/Belgium, 2012

Director: Cristian Mungiu
With: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur

See also: Romanian filmmakers: celebrated abroad, ignored at home?

blue_poster_usaBlue Is the Warmest Color
(a.k.a. La Vie d’Adèle)

France, 2013

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
With: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos

See also: About those explicit scenes in Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Jasmine

U.S., 2013

Director: Woody Allen
With: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins

The BRD Trilogy: Lola
(a.k.a. Lola)

West Germany, 1981

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
With: Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf

Breezy readingBreezy

U.S., 1973

Director: Clint Eastwood
With: William Holden, Kay Lenz


Boy Meets Girl

France, 1984

Director: Leos Carax
With: Denis Lavant, Mireille Perrier


Catch .44

U.S., 2011

Director: Aaron Harvey
With: Malin Akerman, Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis

Caterina in the City
(a.k.a. Caterina va in Città)

Italy, 2003

Director: Paolo Virzì
With: Alice Teghil, Sergio Castellito, Margherita Buy


U.S., 2013

Director: Randall Miller
With: Alan Rickman, Ashley Greene, Malin Akerman

Certified Copy
(a.k.a. Copie conforme)

France/Italy/Belgium, 2010

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
With: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell

See also: Best Actress at Cannes, 2010 — bien mérité


U.S., 2014

Director: Jon Favreau
With: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson

Christiane F. — Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo

West Germany, 1981

Director: Ulrich Edel
With: Natja Brunckhorst, Thomas Haustein, David Bowie

See also: David Bowie’s film career looks good in retrospect

xmas_again.poster01Christmas, Again

U.S., 2014

Director: Charles Poekel
With: Kentucker Audley, Hannah Gross

A Christmas Tale
(a.k.a. Un Conte de Noël)

France, 2008

Director: Arnaud Desplechin
With: Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Chiara Mastroianni

The Clock

U.K., 2010

Director: Christian Marclay
With: A cast of thousands

clouds_poster.usaClouds of Sils Maria

France/Germany/Switzerland, 2014

Director: Olivier Assayas
With: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloe Grace Moretz

11177918_800A Coffee in Berlin (a.k.a. Oh Boy)

Germany, 2012

Director: Jan Ole Gerster
With: Tom Schilling, Friederike Kempter, Marc Hosemann

the feel-bad movie of summer 2012Cosmopolis

Canada/France/Portugal/Italy, 2012

Director: David Cronenberg
With: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti

See also: Robert Pattinson is well cast in Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis

crimson_peak_thiddlestonCrimson Peak

U.S., 2015

Director: Guillermo Del Toro
With: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain

counselor-posterThe Counselor

U.S./U.K., 2013

Director: Ridley Scott
With: Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz

See also: Javier Bardem’s hair


U.S., 1980

Director: William Friedkin
With: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen


darkweb_dvdDark Web
(a.k.a. Darkweb)

France/Morocco (?), 2016

Director: Bruno Vaussenat
With: Petra Silander, Nina Seul, Tristan Robin

(a.k.a. Sedmikrásky)

Czechoslovakia, 1966

Director: Vera Chytilová
With: Jitka Cerhová, Ivana Karbanová

dek_2000_dvdThe Dekalog

Poland, 1988

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
With: Artur Barcis, Daniel Olbrychski, Grazyna Szapolowska, Zbigniew Zamachowski

Diary of a Suicide
(a.k.a. Le Journal d’un Suicide)

France, 1973

Director: Stanislav Stanojevic
With: Sami Frey, Delphine Seyrig, Sacha Pitoeff

Django Unchained

U.S., 2012

Director: Quentin Tarantino
With: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio

See also: Christoph Waltz’s well-deserved Oscar win for Django Unchained

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
(a.k.a. Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler)

Germany, 1922

Director: Fritz Lang
With: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Bernhard Goetzke, Aud Egde Nissen

See also: The 1920s Berlin of Dr. Mabuse

Downtown 81
(a.k.a. New York Beat Movie)

U.S., 1981/2000

Director: Edo Bertoglio
With: Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Lurie, Debbie Harry


U.S., 2011

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
With: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks

See also: Ryan Gosling in Drive: Don’t just do something, stand there

Drunken Angel
(a.k.a. Yoidore tenshi)

Japan, 1948

Director: Akira Kurosawa
With: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura


France, 1976

Director: Jacques Rivette
With: Juliet Berto, Bulle Ogier, Hermine Karagheuz

See also: The Dream Cycle of Jacques Rivette


Elektra Luxx

U.S., 2010

Director: Sebastian Gutierrez
With: Carla Gugino, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adrianne Palicki, Joseph Gordon-Levitt


East Germany/Soviet Union/Bulgaria, 1972

Director: Herrmann Zschoche
With: Cox Habbema, Ivan Antonov, Rolf Hoppe


U.S., 2015

Director: Doug Ellin
With: Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jeremy Piven

Everyone_Else.usa_posterEveryone Else
(a.k.a. Alle Anderen)

Germany, 2009

Director: Maren Ade
With: Lars Edinger, Birgit Minichmayr


(a.k.a. Fallen)

Austria/Germany, 2006

Director: Barbara Albert
With: Nina Proll, Birgit Minichmayr, Ursula Strauss

lez femmesFarewell, My Queen
(a.k.a. Les adieux à la reine)

France/Spain, 2012

Director: Benoît Jacquot
With: Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen

Fay Grim

U.S./Germany, 2006

Director: Hal Hartley
With: Parker Posey, Jeff Goldblum, James Urbaniak, Saffron Burrows

Fear of Fear
(a.k.a. Angst vor der Angst)

West Germany, 1975

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
With: Margit Carstensen, Irm Hermann, Kurt Raab


U.S., 1982

Director: Clint Eastwood
With: Clint Eastwood, Freddie Jones

For a Lost Soldier
(a.k.a. Voor een Verloren Soldaat)

Netherlands, 1993

Director: Roeland Kerbosch
With: Jeroen Krabbé, Maarten Smit, Andrew Kelley

let's danceFrances Ha

U.S., 2012

Director: Noah Baumbach
With: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver

Free Radicals
(a.k.a. Böse Zellen)

Austria/Germany/Switzerland, 2003

Director: Barbara Albert
With: Kathrin Resetarits, Ursula Strauss, Georg Friedrich



France/Italy/Germany, 2005

Director: Patrice Chéreau
With: Isabelle Huppert, Pascal Greggory

Gentlemen in White Vests
(a.k.a. Die Herren mit der weissen Weste)

West Germany, 1970
Director: Wolfgang Staudte
With: Mario Adorf, Hannelore Elsner

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

U.S./Sweden/U.K./Germany, 2011

Director: David Fincher
With: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard

See also: Fictional people we love: Lisbeth Salander

gleiwitz_case_usa_dvdThe Gleiwitz Case
(a.k.a. Der Fall Gleiwitz)

East Germany, 1961

Director: Gerhard Klein
With: Hannjo Hasse, Herwart Grosse

eclipse_gods_plagueGods of the Plague
(a.k.a. Götter der Pest)

West Germany, 1970

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
With: Harry Baer, Hanna Schygulla, Margarethe von Trotta

The Good Earth

U.S., 1937

Director: Sidney Franklin
With: Paul Muni, Luise Rainer


La Grande Bouffe

France/Italy, 1973

Director: Marco Ferreri
With: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli



The Hawks and the Sparrows

(a.k.a. Uccellacci e uccellini)

Italy, 1966

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
With: Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi

See also: Pier Paolo Pasolini, filmmaker, author, Renaissance man

Hex (TV series)

U.K., 2004–05

With: Jemima Rooper, Michael Fassbender

Holy Motors

France, 2012

Director: Leos Carax
With: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue

House of the Sleeping Beauties
(a.k.a. Das Haus der schlafenden Schönen)

Germany, 2006

Director: Vadim Glowna
With: Vadim Glowna, Angela Winkler, Maximillian Schell


U.K., 2011

Director: Tanya Wexler
With: Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Price, Felicity Jones


i_dont_belong-anywhereI Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman

Belgium, 2015

Director: Marianne Lambert
With: Chantal Akerman

If Not Us, Who?
(a.k.a. Wer wenn nicht wir)

Germany, 2011

Director: Andres Veiel
With: August Diehl, Lena Lauzemis, Alexander Fehling


Austria/France/Germany, 2007

Director: Ulrich Seidl
With: Ekateryna Rak, Paul Hoffman, Michael Thomas

In_Bloom_usa_posterIn Bloom
(a.k.a. Grzeli nateli dgeebi)

Georgia/Germany/France, 2013

Directors: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross
With: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria

I-Need-That-Record.posterI Need That Record!

U.S., 2008

Director: Brendan Toller
With: Glenn Branca, Noam Chomsky, Thurston Moore

See also: On Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith and vinyl discoveries

interior.dvdInterior. Leather Bar.

U.S., 2013

Directors: James Franco, Travis Mathews
With: Val Lauren, James Franco, Travis Mathews



West Germany, 1969

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
With: Hanna Schygulla, Harry Baer, R.W. Fassbinder

Killer’s Kiss

U.S., 1955

Director: Stanley Kubrick
With: Davey Gordon, Irene Kane, Frank Silvera

See also: LACMA’s dazzling Stanley Kubrick exhibit

See also: A few words from Stanley Kubrick


Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural

U.S., 1973

Director: Richard Blackburn
With: Cheryl Smith, Lesley Gilb

See also: Is Lemora a coming-out story in vampire disguise?

Lessons of Darkness
(a.k.a. Lektionen in Finsternis)

Germany/France/U.K., 1992

Director: Werner Herzog

The Lickerish Quartet

Italy/U.S./West Germany, 1970

Director: Radley Metzger
With: Silvana Venturelli, Frank Wolff, Erika Remberg

Lifeguard-PosterThe Lifeguard

U.S., 2013

Director: Liz Garcia
With: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, David Lambert

Like Someone in Love

Japan/France, 2012

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
With: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno

Lola Montès

France/West Germany/Luxembourg, 1955

Director: Max Ophüls
With: Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook

The Look of Love

U.K./U.S., 2013

Director: Michael Winterbottom
With: Steve Coogan, Imogen Poots, Tamsin Egerton

Lost in Beijing
(a.k.a. Ping Guo)

China, 2007

Director: Li Yu
With: Tony Leung Ka Fai, Bingbing Fan


U.S., 2013

Director: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
With: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, James Franco

See also: The inescapable James Franco

The Lovers on the Bridge
(a.k.a. Les Amants du Pont-Neuf)

France, 1991

Director: Leos Carax
With: Denis Lavant, Juliette Binoche


mm_season_sixMad Men

TV: U.S., 2007-2015

Created by Matthew Weiner
With: Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Moss, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser


U.S., 2011

Director: Kenneth Lonergan
With: Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo

Marketa Lazarová

Czechoslovakia, 1967

Director: František Vlácil
With: Magda Vášáryová, Josef Kemr


mspresents_poster.02Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

Poland, 1958-1988

Presented by Martin Scorsese

(a.k.a. Bad Blood)

France, 1986

Director: Leos Carax
With: Denis Lavant, Juliette Binoche, Michel Piccoli, Julie Delpy


Iceland, 2013

Director: Ragnar Bragason
With: Thora Bjorg Helga, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Halldóra Geirhardsdóttir

Much Ado about Nothing

U.S., 2012

Director: Joss Whedon
With: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion

The Music Lovers

U.K., 1970

Director: Ken Russell
With: Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson

my_son_john.poster.01My Son John

U.S., 1952

Director: Leo McCarey
With: Robert Walker, Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Dean Jagger


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