Lust Stories

The man calls the woman dirty. We have just witnessed a man and a woman having noisy, sweaty sex and, when he heads to the shower and she chooses not to, he calls her dirty. His Hindi words - "Gandi, saali!" - ring out cruder than any…

Atomic Blonde

“I take pleasure in the details,” says a startlingly attractive French spy (Sofia Boutella) to Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde, remembering the latter’s drink of choice – Stoli on ice – as they rendezvous in a Berlin nightclub. Details are…

Bombay Talkies

Four of India's top directors celebrate the 100th anniversary of their film industry in specially made short films. Launched at a gala red carpet screening at Cannes, the four stories of Bombay Talkies are meant to celebrate the one…

The Martian

Proving conclusively that it really is all about the writing, Ridley Scott’s most enjoyable film in years reassures us that the creakiness of Prometheus, the cack-handed contrivance of The Counsellor and the sheer stodginess of Exodus: Gods…

Ronin 1998

“Ronin” reps a pleasurable throwback to the sort of gritty, low-tech international thriller that was a staple of the 1960s. Even though the characters are virtual cutouts and the story is ultimately without much meaning or resonance, the…

The Frontline (2011)

Director Jang Hun's Korean War tale stars Shin Ha-kyun, Ko Soo, Lee Je-hun and Kim Ok-vin. The Frontline, one of Korea’s biggest blockbusters this year, depicts the bitter struggle between North and South to gain foothold of a hill at the…

Birthday(2019)

The Sewol Ferry sinking on April 16, 2014 stands as the biggest collective trauma leveled on South Korean society in the past decade. Of the 304 people killed in the accident, 250 were students and teachers from Danwon High School in Ansan…

Spring,Again

Appropriately trotting into theaters just in time for the change of seasons during the waning days of this year’s cherry blossoms is the new fantasy-drama Spring, Again. Featuring youth stars LEE Chung-ah and HONG Jong-hyun, the film is the…

Jiseul

A cast of nonprofessionals reenacts a tragic incident from the Korean postwar period in O Muel's film, winner of Sundance's World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize. PARK CITY -- Detailing a notorious 1948 incident in Korean post-WWII…

A Nameless Gangster

Ik-hyeon is a sleazy piece of work you cannot help but look at with disgust and wonder. While he is corrupt, greedy, treacherous, opportunistic, vain, and foolish, he is also a wily scoundrel who may get away with his crimes and…