Category Archive: Foreign

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Rating: This is an enchanting film that is as funny as it is meaningful. Sure it is in Spanish, but that’s what Columbus spoke, wasn’t it?

The Grandmaster

Rating: A story reliving the majesty of martial-arts while looking at the tragedy that befell China both before and after the Japanese invasion from 1938 through 1945.

I’m So Excited

Rating: Almodovar’s film is about sex in all of its delightful permutations. No one in their right mind should want to see it, and the rest of you should.

Kon-Tiki (2012)

Rating: Yes, though Kon-Tiki is a foreign film, 90% of it is in English. Don’t ask me to explain.

No

Rating: The film has weaknesses, but don’t we all? Gael Garcia Bernal will again remind you of why his prior films like Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) and The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) were… Continue reading

Lore

Rating: In German with sub-titles, this movie is good, but no easy walk in the cinematic park.

A Royal Affair

This is a radiant film that blends intelligence, sex and power. Good guys may die hard, but it still amounts to a noble ride. Rating: See it on a big screen, as it… Continue reading

Rust and Bone

Who could ever fault a film involving extremely sensuous sexual encounters by a double amputee? Rating: Can be seen in or out of the theater, but remember it is in French with English… Continue reading

The Intouchables

A French film with English subtitles, I can’t imagine anyone seeing a more satisfying, humane film this year.

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