Category Archives: Foreign

In a Better World (2010, 119 minutes, Rated R) 4 out of 5 stars

Highly recommended meditation on violence from Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. Won the 2011 Best Foreign Film Oscar. The movie unfolds in both Denmark and an unnamed African country, where in each we see the effects and limitations of both violence … Continue reading

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Rare Exports (2010, Rated R, 84 minutes, subtitled) 2 out of 5 stars

Very disappointing comedy/fantasy/horror that isn’t quite any of those things. I don’t know much about the origins of the story of Santa Claus, but here the Fins put a twist on it, imagining that he was not a benevolent, gift-doling … Continue reading

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The Guard (2011, 96 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Entertaining if uneven comedy with a great performance from Brendan Gleeson. He plays Gerry Boyle, an extremely politically incorrect, foul-mouthed Irish cop in a small town in County Galway who has little use for following by the book procedure when … Continue reading

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Incendies (2010, 130 minutes, Rated R, subtitled) 5 stars out of 5

Highly, highly recommended. Disturbing, timely, and extremely well done. One of the best movies I have seen in a while and one that won’t soon be forgotten. The movie opens in Quebec, with the viewer introduced to twin brother and … Continue reading

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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009, 96 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Decent little British suspense thriller. It doesn’t break any new ground, but it tries to do what it is well and it succeeds for the most part. The movie opens quickly, with 2 men barricading and soundproofing the bedroom of … Continue reading

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Tell No One (2006, 131 minutes, Rated R, subtitled) 3 out of 5 stars

Convoluted and fairly standard thriller/whodunit based on the Harlan Coben book of the same name. Set in France, the movie stars Francois Cluzet (dude has to be related to Dustin Hoffman) as Alexendre Beck, a pediatriacian whose wife was murdered … Continue reading

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Fish Tank (2009, 122 minutes, Rated R) 4 out of 5 stars

Gritty and drab slow-burner, but also a very good one from writer/director Andrea Arnold. Mia (Katie Jarvis) is 15 years old, and lives in an East London housing project. She has a shit bag of a mom (Kierston Wareing), and … Continue reading

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