Return to Homs

Oct 29, 2014

Return to Homs

Director: Talal Derki Language: Arabic (subtitled in English) It’s easy to forget that the war in Syria began when peaceful protests against the Assad dictatorship were met by a harsh military crackdown. This harrowing and unforgettable documentary follows 18-year-old Basset, a goalkeeper for the ...

WTF: 'offensive and extreme hidden camera put-ons'

Oct 22, 2014

WTF: 'offensive and extreme hidden camera put-ons'

You could call prankster Remi Gaillard the Johnny Knoxville of France. The videos he uploads to YouTube — offensive and extreme hidden camera put-ons, often involving enraging people with some outrageous stunt — certainly have that “Jackass” feel to them. But it would be ...

The Borgias (Season Three)

Oct 22, 2014

The Borgias (Season Three)

Language: English If you can’t get enough of the power politics in “Game of Thrones,” Irish director Neil Jordan’s “The Borgias” is your next addiction. The third season of this series on Renaissance Italy’s most diabolical family — they make the Corleones look like ...

Minuscule: 'A refreshingly different approach to animation'

Oct 15, 2014

Minuscule: 'A refreshingly different approach to animation'

Most children’s animation these days is motor-mouthed to the extreme and larded with snarky pop-culture gags, but French film “Minuscule” takes a refreshingly different approach. Filmmakers Helene Giraud and Thomas Szabo honed their skills on animated shorts over the past decade and now drop ...

The World's End (World's End: Yopparai ga Sekai wo Suku!)

Oct 15, 2014

The World's End (World's End: Yopparai ga Sekai wo Suku!)

Director: Edgar Wright Language: English Director Edgar Wright is usually a pretty safe bet for a good laugh (“Hot Fuzz,” “Shaun of the Dead”), but “The World’s End” is painful. Simon Pegg plays a middle-aged lout who enlists his reluctant old school friends (Nick ...

Let's be 'Frank' about mental illness and music

Oct 8, 2014

Let's be 'Frank' about mental illness and music

Imagine a band where the singer is so painfully shy and awkward that he must wear a giant papier-mache puppet head — not only on stage, but pretty much all the time. That’s the premise of “Frank,” starring Michael Fassbender under the mask; a ...