Turkish director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest film, Winter Sleep, is a ponderous affair set in the snow-covered highlands of Cappadocia. Long intense conversations brought on by the forced isolation of winter expose the tensions between social classes and within a marriage. » Read more »

Kolya, a gruff, but essentially decent man, lives a seemingly pleasant life with his wife and teenage son in a small fishing village on the Barents Sea. Events take a turn for the worse when the town’s corrupt mayor uses his influence to expropriate Kolya’s property. » Read more »

Headhunters is an edge-of-your-seat Norwegian thriller based on the eponymous novel by best-selling author, Jo Nesbø. With more plot twists and turns than a rattlesnake in heat, this dark Scandinavian gem ignites the screen like the pyromaniacal love child of the The Fugitive and Die Hard, with shades of Hitchcock thrown in for good measure. » Read more »

From watching the latest trailer, Interstellar hints at being a fairly cerebral sci-fi movie that relies more on human emotion than special effects; nonetheless the pundits predict that it could repeat Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar success in 2014 with the special effects laden sci-fi thriller, Gravity. » Read more »

A cinematic experience that evokes the spirit of Fellini or Rossellini, with the lush cinematography and social satire that has always been such a grand tradition in Italian cinema. With The Great Beauty, director Paolo Sorrentino pays homage to the hidden beauty of The Eternal City, while at the same time commenting on the moral and ethical decay of a city, a people and probably society in general. » Read more »

An epic revenge drama based on the true story of Phoolan Devi, the Bandit Queen, this film highlights the dire circumstances of young girls in India, who are forced into, often abusive, arranged marriages with older men. It also touches on the problematic issue of caste, where power is usually in the hands of the upper castes, with little or no recourse to legal protection for the lowest castes. » Read more »

Turkish director, Ceylan’s almost ethereal meander through the Anatolian steppe draws you into an existential dream world, simultaneously mysterious and ancient. Although beautifully filmed, it is telling that a movie with no special effects, and on the surface a very simple story line, can reverberate with universal themes long after the final credits have rolled across the screen. » Read more »