The Double: 'A doppelganger in a suffocating, Pyongyang-like city'

Nov 5, 2014

The Double: 'A doppelganger in a suffocating, Pyongyang-like city'

The first line of dialogue in Richard Ayoade’s first film as a director, “Submarine,” is “Most people like to think of themselves as individuals.” The last line in his follow-up, “The Double,” is “I like to think I’m unique.” In both cases, these statements ...

The Guest: 'Outlandish plotting and an ever-increasing body count'

Nov 5, 2014

The Guest: 'Outlandish plotting and an ever-increasing body count'

The first half of “The Guest” feels inspired by “The Return of Martin Guerre” (1982) or its Hollywood remake, “Sommersby” (1993), but set in a post-Gulf War milieu. Anna and Spencer Peterson (Sheila Kelley and Leland Orser) have been grieving the death of their ...

The Queen of Versailles

Nov 5, 2014

The Queen of Versailles

Director: Lauren Greenfield Language: English Lauren Greenfield sought to make a documentary on real-estate mogul David Siegel and his trophy wife, Jackie — a couple whose lifestyle defines “filthy rich.” Halfway through shooting, the 2008 financial meltdown occurs, and the Siegels find themselves at ...

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 ...