‘Bitte, nicht Hollywood’: The Berlin School invades New York’s MOMA

Today through Dec. 6th in New York City: MOMA pays tribute to the recent wave of German indies known as "the Berlin School" — cosmopolitan, coolly cerebral movies that will reward adventurous film lovers. Many of the directors will be appearing in person at the screenings. Read more [...]

‘The Robber’: Can a movie with great chase scenes also be manic-depressive?

Inspired by a true story, The Robber has remarkable chase scenes shot in long, unbroken takes — yet they're almost like a sight gag: the bank robber here is a championship runner who can leave any cop in the dust. Read more [...]

Maren Ade’s ‘Everyone Else’ will make you laugh — when you aren’t dying of embarrassment

If you watch Maren Ade's Everyone Else with an audience in a theater, it’s possible the movie plays as dry comedy. Watch by yourself and it may play as a less comfortable experiment, one that asks: how long can you stand to be cooped up with these people? Read more [...]

Love in a police state: Germany’s Oscar entry ‘Barbara’

Germany's submission to the Oscars this year, Barbara depicts a woman under constant surveillance by the secret police in 1980s East Germany. Even Alfred Hitchcock might have been impressed by the atmosphere of paranoia and suspicion that director Christian Petzold creates here. Read more [...]