An outgrowth of British TV, Bharat Nalluri's espionage thriller is direct and workmanlike.
Todd Haynes has become an expert in bringing the style and values of the American 1950s to life.
Ramin Bahrani's movie about eviction woes is a small masterpiece of greed and tension.
Tom McCarthy's superb "Spotlight" is just as much about journalistic doggedness as sexual abuse.
Four directors do a good job of situating purgatory on a California highway, until they run out of gas.
Karyn Kusama's horror-thriller has its moments, but fails to make the most of lingering menace.
Ben Wheatley's adaptation of a 1975 J.G. Ballard parable is beautiful to look at but dated in spirit.
Alejandro Amenábar's mediocre devil-worship thriller is really an object lesson in manipulated hysteria.
David Farr's creepy thriller about babies and unstable mothers is at once unsettling but predictable.
The prequel to "Cloverfield" is an ode to the menace of John Goodman, who steals this show.
Directed by: Nanni Moretti
Starring: Nanni Moretti, Jennifer Beale
Nanni Moretti’s version of Fellini’s “Roma,” though he widens the lens. Three skits bring together all that’s trenchant and whiny about Italy’s favorite leftist filmmaker. There’s a Vespa homage to Pasolini with Jennifer Beals along the way (and Keith Jarrett’s throbbing piano); a charming foray to the Aolians in which "The Bold and the Beautiful" plays a key role; finally, Moretti rants on about doctors (he had non-Hodgkins lymphoma). Warts aside, this is an irresistible Rome (and Italy) movie because all the political slings and arrows illustrate a typical Italian paradox: cynical optimism.Reviewed by: Marcia Yarrow