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  • 'Monk With a Camera,' though devoted, is blurry at its center

    'Monk With a Camera,' though devoted, is blurry at its center
    As a documentary, "Monk With a Camera: The Life and Journey of Nicholas Vreeland" is as unassuming as its subject. It seems to demand nothing as it goes about sketching out Vreeland's unusual religious and creative quest. Directed by Guido Santi and...
  • Review: 'Point and Shoot'

    Review: 'Point and Shoot'
    Meeting Matthew VanDyke in the documentary "Point and Shoot," we learn that the would-be filmmaker from Baltimore motorcycled across Africa and south central Asia with unusual personal peculiarities. At 29, the timid "only child of an only child of an...
  • Review: 'Once Upon a Time Veronica'

    Review: 'Once Upon a Time Veronica'
    "Once Upon a Time Veronica" begins with a scene of wordless ecstasy, an imaginatively shot glimpse of a group sexual encounter on a beach in Brazil. This sequence is more than a tip-off to this film's notably sensual nature; it is a clue to the...
  • Review: 'The Imitation Game'

    Review: 'The Imitation Game'
    Actors love many things, but playing the smartest person in any given room is loveliest of all. Pleasant or hostile, elegant or socially maladroit, the smartest one in the room enjoys the zingers, the verbal checkmates and all the attention. As...
  • Effective 'Difret' looks at abhorrent practice in Ethiopia

    The compelling "Difret" is a small film with a lot on its mind. Authentic and affecting, this drama about fighting against the Ethiopian tradition of abducting young girls into marriage is potent enough to be that country's official Academy Award...
  • In '100 Days,' a familiar rom-com setup charms nevertheless

    In '100 Days,' a familiar rom-com setup charms nevertheless
    Set in the Taiwan Strait's scenic Matsu Islands, "100 Days" may echo dozens of formulaic American romantic comedies — "Sweet Home Alabama" instantly comes to mind — but still manages its own distinct brand of sweetness and light. Director...
  • Review: 'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya'

    Review: 'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya'
    "Heaven must have sent her to me as a blessing," says the awestruck woodcutter who finds a sparrow-size infant nestled in a bamboo sprout in "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya." The movie, too, feels heaven sent, or near enough. It is a commercial...
  • Review: 'Panic 5 Bravo'

    Review: 'Panic 5 Bravo'
    Shot in 21/2 weeks for roughly half a million dollars, the tin-can thriller "Panic 5 Bravo" is set almost entirely inside a paramedic ambulance under siege, just below the U.S.-Mexican divide south of Pima County, Ariz. What little interest the film...
  • Review: 'The Pyramid'

    Review: 'The Pyramid'
    A unique three-sided pyramid is the archaeological discovery that triggers some distinctly one-dimensional drama in “The Pyramid,” a likably lame-brained Egypto-horror exercise from tireless B-movie merchants Gregory Levasseur and Alexandre...
  • Review: 'Antarctica: A Year on Ice'

    Review: 'Antarctica: A Year on Ice'
    Filmmaker Anthony Powell has, he says, spent most of his adult life in Antarctica, living at the bottom of the world for more than 100 months (including nine very cold winters) spread out over a 15-year period. What his friends back home in New...
  • Review: 'Bad Hair'

    Review: 'Bad Hair'
    A young boy looking to express himself clashes with his single mother's need to control her rapidly disintegrating world in Mariana Rondon's impressively multilayered "Bad Hair." Set in a working-class housing project in Caracas, the film has a...