Foreign

NOTE:  While "in theaters in major markets," many "Independent" / Foreign Films and Documentaries are  available for home viewing in the U.S. through the IFC Video On Demand service (type in your zipcode and cable provider to see if this service as available to you) or for download via services like Sundance Now and/or iTunes / Amazon Instant Video.  Eventually, these films become available for rent in the U.S. via NetFlix or Blockbuster.com.   More obscure titles can also be found via Facets Multimedia's DVD Rental Service.

ANGOLA - Njinga Queen of Angola (orig. Njinga Rainha de Angola) [2013] - UR (would be PG-13/R) - Historical drama about Angolan queen at time of first European (Portuguese/Dutch) incursions into southern Africa - 4 Stars
ARGENTINA - A Love (orig. Un Amor) [2011] - UR (would be R) - Romantic Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
ARGENTINA / BRAZIL / MEXICO - Ardor [2014] - R - "Western" set in the Rain Forest borderlands between Argentina and Brazil - 3 Stars
ARGENTINA - Betibú [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - well-spun "lighter" noirish crime story about a sensational murder and a team from a B.A. newspaper tasked to break the case - 3 1/2 Stars
ARGENTINA - Heirs to the Soil (orig. Los del Suelo) [2015] - UR would be R - a (recent) Argentinian Historical drama about two Catholic activists who spent four years during the 1970s "Dirty War" hiding for their lives in the jungles of NW Argentina - 4 Stars
ARGENTINA - La Paz [2013] - UR (would be R) - Young Adult / Older Family Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
ARGENTINA - Road to La Paz (orig. Camino a La Paz) [2015] - UR (would be PG-13) Contemporary inter-generational "Odd Couple" road movie - 4 Stars
ARGENTINA - The German Doctor (orig. Wakolda) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Historical Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
ARGENTINA / MEXICO - Time Suspended (orig. Tiempo Suspendido) [2015] - UR (would be PG-13) - Documentary about an aging Arg. 1970s-era human rights activist who now was coming down with Alzheimers - 4 Stars
ARGENTINA - Upside Down [2012] - R - SciFi Drama / Romance - 4 Stars
AUSTRALIA - The Sapphires [2012] - PG-13 - Young Adult / Drama - 4 Stars
AUSTRIA / FRANCE - Amour [2012] - R - Drama - 1 Star
AUSTRIA - Goodnight Mommy (orig. Ich Seh, Ich Seh) [2015] - R - Contemp. unsettling horror story - 1 Star
AUSTRIA - The Dark Valley (orig. Das Finstere Tal) [2014] - UR would be R - An "Austrian Western" set in the Alps in the late 1800s - 4+ Stars 
BELGIUM / FRANCE / ITALY - Two Days, One Night (orig. Deux Jours, Une Nuit) [2014] - PG-13 - Drama - 4 Stars
BELGIUM / FRANCE - Brand New Testament (orig. Le tout nouvelle Testament) [2015] - UR would be R- Religious themed comedy imagining God (and His family) in a random upper floor apartment in a tenement building at the outskirts Brussels - 3 Stars
BELGIUM / FRANCE - Tenderness (orig. La Tendresse) [2013] - (UR would be PG-13) - simple divorced adult family drama - 4 Stars
BOLIVIA - Forgotten (orig. Olvidados) [2014] - UR would be R - historical drama about the Cold War Era (1970s-80s) "Operation Condor" responsible for "disappearing" as many as 60,000 young leftists across southern South America - 4+ Stars
BOSNIA / USA - In the Land of Blood and Honey [2011] - R - Drama/Romance - 3 1/2 Stars
BRAZIL - A Wolf at the Door [2014] (orig. O Lobo Atrás Da Porta) [2014] - UR would be R - urban family / crime drama (a little girl goes missing) - 4 Stars
BRAZIL - Abdias do Nascimento [2011] - UR - Documentary - 4 Stars
BRAZIL - After the Rain (orig. Depois da Chuva) [2013] - UR would be PG-13 - John Hughes-like high school "coming of age movie" set in Brazil in mid-1980s as the mil. dict. was ending - 3 1/2 Stars
BRAZIL - August Winds (orig. Ventos de Agosto) [2014] (UR would be R) - Afro-Brazilian personalist drama set in rural coastal Brazil - 4 Stars
BRAZIL - Blue Desert (orig. Deserto Azul) [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - surrealist, futuristic / sci-fi film about a highly advanced but lonely world - 3 Stars
BRAZIL - Day of Black (orig. Dia de Preto) [2011] - UR - Drama - 4 Stars
BRAZIL - Did You Score? (orig. E Ai... Comeu?) [2012] - UR (would be PG-13/R) - Comedy - 3 Stars
BRAZIL - Kill Me Please (orig. Mata-me Por Favor) [2016] - UR would be PG-13 - Teen girl centric John Hughes-like film with a touch of Horror set in a new if upscale subdivision at the edge of Rio de Janeiro - 3 Stars
BRAZIL - Neon Bull (orig. Boi Neon) [2015] - UR would be R - Brazil (subtitled) - small / indie drama set in contemp rural Brazil - 3 1/2 Stars 
BRAZIL - Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica (orig. Era uma vez eu, Verônica) [2012] - UR (would be R) - 2 Stars
BRAZIL - Orphans of Eldorado (orig. Órfãos do Eldorado) [2015] - UR (would be R) - steamy almost "Frantic" / "Apocalypse Now"-like romantic/erotic thriller set in the Amazon - 4+ Stars
BRAZIL - The Craft (orig. Riscado) [2010] - UR - Drama - 4 Stars
BRAZIL / URUGUAY - The Moving Forest (orig. A Floresta que se Move) [2015] - A Brazilian (Uruguayan set) contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's play Macbeth - UR (would be R) - 3 1/2 Stars
BRAZIL / UNITED STATES - The Summer of the Gods [2015] - UR (would be PG) - U.S. residing Afro-Brazilian mother takes her daughter back to Bahia, Brazil to meet her grandmother - 4 Stars
BRAZIL - Xingu [2012]- UR - Historical Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
BULGARIA - Avé [2011] - UR (should be R) - Drama - 4 Stars
BULGARIA / USA - Faith, Love and Whiskey [2012] - UR (would be R) - Young Adult / Romance - 4 Stars
BULGARIA - Godless (orig. Bezbog) [2016] - UR would be R - personalist drama about a young previously quite cynical healthcare worker offered a chance to make something more of her life - 3 1/2 Stars
BULGARIA - The Judgement (orig. Съдилището) [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - poignant cross generational smuggling drama that plays-out on the border of Bulgaria w. Greece / Turkey - 4 Stars
CANADA / QUEBEC - Black (orig. Nwa / N.O.I.R.) [2015] - UR (would be R) - Montreal-set "Boyz n the Hood" - 3 Stars
CANADA - Cinemanovels [2013] - R - Family Drama / Reconciliation - Canada (subtitled at times) - 3 Stars
CANADA / QUEBEC - Starbuck [2012] - UR (would be R) - Young Adult / Drama - 3 Stars
CHILE - Gloria [2013] - R - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
CHILE - Neruda [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - Biopic about Famed Chilean poet / Communist politician Pablo Neruda's escape at the end by horseback over the Andes to Argentina in the 1940s - 3 1/2 Stars 
CHILE - No [2012] - UR (would be R) - Historical Drama- 3 1/2 Stars
CHILE - The Oak's Shadow (orig. La Sombra del Roble) 2015] - UR (would be PG-13) - poignant, well written small family drama - 3 1/2 Stars
CHILE / BOLIVIA / COSTA RICA - Third World (orig. Tercer Mundo) [2009] - UR - Drama/Sci-fi - 3 Stars
CHINA - A Touch of Sin (orig. Tian zhu ding) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 3 Stars
CHINA - Black Coal, Thin Ice (orig. Bai ri yan huo) [2014] - (UR would be R) - a contemporary Chinese "Noir" story - 1 Star
CHINA -  Crosscurrent (orig. Chang jiang tu) [2016] - UR would be PG-13 - lovely if (perhaps necessarily) slow moving reflection on Time as follow a young Chinese captain navigate his freighter up the Yangtze River of today -- 4 Stars
CHINA - Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame (orig. Di Renjie) [2010] - PG-13 - Adventure/Teen - 3 1/2 Stars
CHINA - Mothers [2012] - UR - Documentary - 4 Stars  
CHINA - Sacrifice (orig. Zhao shi gu er) [2010] - R - Historical Drama - 3 Stars
CHINA - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan [2011] - PG-13 - Historical Drama - 3 Stars
COLOMBIA - Apaporis: In Search of One River (orig. Apaporis: En Busca del Río) [2010] - UR (would be PG-13) - Documentary about Colombia's Amazonian Rainforest - 3 1/2 Stars
COLOMBIA - Captive Beauty (orig. Belleza Cautiva) [2011] - UR - Documentary - 3 1/2 Stars (for Concept) / 0-1 Stars (for Appropriateness/Morality)
COLOMBIA - La Playa, D.C. [2012] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
COLOMBIA - Dad (orig. ¡Pa! ¡Por mis hijos lo que sea!) [2015] - UR (would be PG) - poignant and very funny Family Dramedy about an upper-middle class Colombian dad who truly tries to do is utmost for his family - 3 1/2 Stars
COLOMBIA - Speechless (orig. Sin Palabras) [2012] - UR (would be PG-13) - Drama - 4 Stars
COLOMBIA - Wasting Time (orig. Tiempo Perdido) [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - personalist "day in the lives" of five (turns out) interconnected people in Bogota, Colombia - 3 1/2 Stars
COSTA RICA / VENEZUELA -  Red Princesses (orig. Princesas Rojas) [2013] - (UR would be PG-13) - Personalist / Family Drama set during 1980s Sandinista / Contra War - 4 Stars
CROATIA - Cowboys (oirg. Kauboji) [2014] - UR would be R - "Taxi-like" Comedy about a group of amateur actors putting on a Western play in a small town in Croatia - 3 1/2 Stars
CROATIA / BOSNIA / GERMANY / SWITZERLAND - Love Island (orig. Otok Ljubavi) [2014] - UR would be R - Woody Allenesque still quite discrete "sex comedy" that plays-out at a Croatian resort on the Adriatic Sea - UR would be R -  4+ Stars
CUBA / DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 100 Cuban "Sones" (orig. Los 100 Sones Cubanos) [2010] - UR - Documentary - 3 1/2 Stars
CUBA / SPAIN - Dark Glasses (orig. Espejuelos Oscuros) [2015] - UR (would be R) - fascinating (on multiple levels) "small INDIE" CUBAN production about a middle-aged Cuban woman who like  Scheherazade of 1001 Nights has to talk herself out of a near impossible situation - 4+ Stars
CYPRUS - Family Member (orig. Μέλος Οικογενείας / Melos Oikoyenias) [2015] - UR (would be PG-13) - Post-2008 Financial Crisis family dramedy - 3 Stars
CZECH REP / SLOVAKIA / GERMANY - Alois Nebel [2011] - UR (would be R) - Animated / Drama "Film Noir" - 4 Stars
CZECH REP / POLAND - Burning Bush (orig. Hořicí Keř) [HBO-Europe Miniseries 2013] - UR (would be R) - Historical Drama / Biopic - 4+ Stars
CZECH REP - Chasing Fifty (orig. Padesátka) [2015] - UR would be R - a simultaneously current / nastalgic "Seth Rogan" / "Spring Breaker" type film set around an annual 50K cross country skiing race held in the Krkonoše Mountains each winter - 3 Stars
CZECH REP / FINLAND / SLOVAKIA / LUXEMBURG - Clownwise (orig. Klauni) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Dramedy - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP / SLOVAKIA / NETHERLANDS - Collete [2013] (UR would be R) - Holocaust drama - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP / SLOVAKIA / GERMANY - DonT Stop [2012] - UR (would be R) -Coming of Age Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP / SLOVAKIA / GERMANY - Fair Play [2014] (UR would be R) - personalist historical drama about the doping of women atheletes in Communist lands in 1980s - 4 Stars 
CZECH REP - Flower Buds (orig. Poupata) [2011] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP - Gangster Ka [2015] - UR would be R - Film, fictionalized, based on the life of now South Africa residing fugitive Czech swindler-turned-gangster Radovan Krejčíř - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP / SLOVAKIA - Home Care (Domácí Péče) [2015] - UR would be R - award winning small-time drama about a middle aged nurse in rural Moravia, still trained under the old Communist regime, who finding she has cancer / not much that can be done about it takes a head-long plunge into alternative / traditional medicine - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP - Hany [2014] - UR would be R - A "Youth Apocalypse" set one night in Pilsen, CR - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP / SLOVAKIA / GERMANY - In the Shadow (orig. Ve Stínu) [2012] - UR (would be R) - Noirish Historical Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP - Icing (orig. Zakázané uvolnení) [2014] - UR (would be R) - Seth MacFarlane-like / Woody Allenish "at the end of a wedding" comedy - 3 Stars
CZECH REP -  Independent of Reality: The Films of Jan Němec [2014] - Film Series - 4 Stars
CZECH REP. - The Snake Brothers (orig. Kobry a Užovky) [2015] - UR (would be R) - contemp. parable of sorts riffing on that Prodigal Son but supporting more the older son's perspective - 3 1/2 Stars
 CZECH REP - Krásno [2014] - UR (would be R) - "noirish" comedy about 30 somethings returning to their provincial hometown where "nothing ever happens" - 3 Stars
CZECH REP - Like Never Before (orig. Jako Nikdy) [2013] - (UR would be R) - contemporary personalist drama - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP - Leaving (orig. Odcházení) [2011] - UR (would be PG-13) - Drama - 3 Stars
CZECH REP -  Long Live the Family! (orig. Rodina je Základ Státu) [2011] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECHOSLOVAKIA - Marketa Lazarová [1967] - UR (would be R) - Historical Epic - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP / SLOVAKIA - Men in Hope (orig. Muži v Naději) [2011] - UR (would be R) - adult (30-40 something) oriented Romantic Comedy of the Marilyn Monroe vein - 2 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP / SLOVAKIA - Perfect Days - I ženy mají své dny [2012] - UR (would be R) - Comedy / Drama -  3 Stars
CZECH REP / GERMANY / SLOVAKIA - Schmitke [2014] - UR would be R -  fun, well written Northern Exposure-like / Twilight Zone-y small indie comedy about a good / solid late-40 / 50-something German engineer being sent to the Czech side of the Czech-German border to repair a broken windmill, much ensues - 4+ Stars
CZECH REP - To See the Sea (orig. Pojedeme k Moři) [2014] - UR (would be PG-13) - "Boyhood" like tale about 12 y/o boy's 6th grade year in the provincial town of České Budejovice - 4 Stars
CZECH REP / GERMANY - Protektor [2009] - UR (would be R) - Historical Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP - Signál [2012] - UR (would be R) - Comedy about Contemp. Village Life - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP - The Don Juans (orig. Donšajni) [2013] - (UR would be R) - romantic comedy of sorts - 3 Stars
CZECH REP / SLOVAKIA -  The Matchmaking Mayor (orig. Nezvatbov) [2010]  - UR - Documentary - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP / FRANCE - Vaclav Havel: A Life of Freedom (orig. Život podle Václava Havla) [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - nice and generally light documentary about the life of Czech hero / former dissident / then President Vaclav Havel - 3 1/2 Stars
CZECH REP / SLOVAKIA - Walking too Fast (orig. Pouta) [2009] - UR - Police / Historical Drama - 3 Stars
DEM. REP. OF THE CONGO - Viva Riva! [2010] - R - Action - 3 Stars
DENMARK - A Hijacking (orig. Kapringen) [2012] - R - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
DENMARK - Love is all You Need (orig. Den skaldede frisør) [2012] - R - Romantic Comedy - 3 Stars
DENMARK - Superclásico [2011] - UR (would be R) - Comedy - 4 Stars
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - The Stranger (orig. La Extraña) [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - contemp. adaptation of French novel / thriller - 3 Stars
ECUADOR / CHILE - Grandfathers (orig. Abuelos) [2010] - UR - Documentary - 3 1/2 Stars
EGYPT - Jews of Egypt [2013] - UR (would be PG-13) - Documentary (subtitled) - 3 1/2 Stars 
EGYPT - Scheherazade Tell Me a Story (aka Women of Cairo) [2009] - NR (would be R) - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
ESTONIA - In the Crosswind (orig. Risttuules) [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - drama about the Soviet-era Mass deportations of Estonians to Siberia - 4 Stars
ESTONIA / GEORGIA - Tangerines (orig. Mandariinid) [2013] - UR would be PG-13 - contempt. Caucusus War drama - 4 Stars
FINLAND - Lake Bodom [2016] - UR would be R - Friday the 13th-ish story of 4 teens returning to investigate the site of a notorious lakeside murder of teens that actually occured in Finland in 1960 - 3 Stars
FINLAND - Open Up to Me (orig. Kerron sinulle kaiken) [2014] - UR would be R - LGBT themed drama about the struggles of a middle aged man who transitioned into becoming a woman and the effects this had on those around him/her - 3 1/2 Stars
FRANCE - 2 Autumns 3 Winters (orig. 2 Automnes 3 Hivers) [2013] - UR (would be PG-13) - Comedy / Reality TV spoof - 3 Stars
FRANCE / BELGIUM - Ablations [2014] - (UR would be R) - "David Lynch" like "comedy" about a man who wakes up one morning to be missing a kidney - 2 1/2 Stars  
FRANCE - Belle and Sebastian (orig. Belle et Sébastien) [2013]  - (UR would be PG) - child oriented historical drama set during WW II - 3 1/2 Stars
FRANCE - Black Venus (orig. Vénus noire) [2010] - UR (would be R) - historical drama about African woman brought to London/Paris in early 1800s as part of a circus freak show act - 4+ Stars
FRANCE - Breathe (orig. Respire) [2014] - UR (would be PG-13) - French "Stephen King"-like young adult drama/psychological thriller - 3 1/2 Stars
FRANCE - Carré Blanc [2010] - UR (would be R) - Existentialist / Sci-Fi Dystopian Drama - 3 Stars
FRANCE - Farewell My Queen (orig. Les adieux à la reine) - R - Historical Drama - 3 Stars
FRANCE - Fly Me to the Moon (orig. Un Plan Parfait) [2012] - UR (would be PG-13) - Romantic Comedy - 4 Stars
FRANCE - Gemma Bovery [2014] - UR would be R - fun contemp. adaptation of Fr. literary classic Mde. Bovary - 3 Stars
FRANCE - Girlhood (orig. Bande de Filles) [2014] - UR (would be R) - Race-based Family Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
FRANCE - Goodbye First Love (orig. Un amour de jeunesse) [2012] - NR (would be R) - Youth Oriented Romance - 2 1/2  Stars
FRANCE - Handmade with Love in France (orig. Le Temps Suspendu) [2014] - UR (would be R) - Documentary - 4 Stars
FRANCE / BELGIUM / LUXEMBURG - Kirikou and the Sorceress (orig. Kirikou et la Sorcière) [1998] - Children's Animation of a West African Folktale - 3 Stars (w. Explanation)
FRANCE / BELGIUM - Les Cowboys [2015] - UR would be PG-13 - a poignant "small indie drama" inspired at least in part by the classic American Western "The Searchers" but set in a thoroughly contemporary French context - 3 1/2 Stars
FRANCE - Mozart's Sister (orig. Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart) - NR (would be PG-13) - Youth Oriented Historical Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
FRANCE / TURKEY - Mustang [2015] - R - Contemporary "Repunzel"-like fairy/horror tale set in Turkey of today - 3 1/2 Stars
FRANCE - Number One Fan (orig. Elle L'Adore) [2014] - (UR would be R) - Celebrity Drama - 3 Stars  
FRANCE - Of Gods and Men (orig. Des Hommes et des Dieux) [2010] - Religious Drama - R / A-III - 3 1/2  Stars
FRANCE / ALGERIA - Outside the Law (orig. Hors la Loi) [2010] - UR (should be R) - Historical Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
FRANCE - Paris, Love, Cut (orig. Arnaud fait son 2e film ) [2015] - UR would be R - Set in Paris today, a Seinfeld / Woody Allen-like semi-autobiographical film about French actor/director Arnaud Viard "making his second" film - 3 1/2 Stars
FRANCE - Paris-Manhattan [2012] - UR (would be PG-13) - Romantic Comedy - 3 1/2 Stars
FRANCE - Polisse [2011] - NR (would be R) - Police Drama - 1/2 Star
FRANCE - Renoir [2012] - UR (would be R) - Biopic / Historical Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
FRANCE - Rust and Bone (orig. De rouille et d'os) [2012] - R - Drama - 3 Stars
FRANCE - Stranger by the Lake (orig. L'inconnu du Lac) [2013] - UR (would be R / NC-17) - Gay themed drama/thriller - 3 Stars
FRANCE - The Artist [2011] - PG-13 - Drama/Comedy/Silent - 4 Stars
FRANCE - The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (orig. La dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil) [2015] - UR (would be R) - contemp. neo-Noir flick set in France of 1960s - 2 Stars
FRANCE - The Rendez-Vous of Déja-Vu (orig. La Fille du 14 Juillet) [2014] - UR (would be R) - French college age / young adult vacation comedy - 3 Stars
FRANCE - The Well Digger's Daughter (orig. La Fille du Puisatier) [2011] - UR (would be PG-13) - Drama - 3 1/2 StarsFRANCE / CANADA / BELGIUM - Tokyo Fiancée [2014] - (UR would be R) - French lang. romcom about young Belgian writer in Japan - 3 Stars  
FRANCE - Under the Rainbow (orig. Au bout du Conte) [2013] - UR (would be PG) - Comedy - 3 Stars
FRANCE - Violette [2013] (UR would be R) - Biopic about post-WW II bisexual/feminist writer - 3 1/2 Stars 
FRANCE - You Will be my Son (orig. Tu Seras Mon Fils) [2011] - UR (would be R) - Power Family Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
FRENCH GUIANA / CANADA / SURINAME - Aluku Liba: Maroon Again [2009] - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
GERMANY - Age of Cannibals (orig. Zeit der Kannibalen) [2014] - UR (would be R) - "Comedy" about current state of Int'l Commerce / Conflicts - 2 1/2 Stars
GERMANY / AUSTRIA - Amour Fou [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - German "Downton Abbey"-like period piece set in Prussia during the time of Napoleon / Jane Austen - 3 Stars
GERMANY - As We Were Dreaming (orig. Als wir träumten) [2015]  - Drama / "Happy Days"-like (though somewhat darker at times) reminiscience about collapse of East Germany / reunification - UR would be R - 3 Stars
GERMANY - Forbidden Films (orig. Verbotene Filme) [2014] - UR (would be Documentary about the 40 or so Nazi-Era films that remained banned in Germany to this day - 3 1/2 Stars
GERMANY - Generation War (orig. Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Historical Drama - 4 Stars
GERMANY - Labyrinth of Lies (orig. Im Labyrinth des Schweigens) [2014] - UR (would be R) - Drama about the 1960s era W. German Auschwitz Trials - 4+ Stars 
GERMANY - Wolfschildren (orig. Wolfskinder) [2013] - UR (would be PG-13) - Historical Drama - 4 Stars
GUATEMALA / GERMANY - Dust (orig. Polvo) [2012] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
GUATEMALA / MEXICO - The Greatest House in the World (orig. La Casa más Grande del Mundo [2015] - UR (would be PG) - a lovely small indie drama about a 10 year old Mayan girl entrusted to go out for the first time and herd her family's 15-20 sheep - 4+ Stars
GUATEMALA / COSTA RICA / CUBA - UFOs in Zacapa (orig. OVNIs en Zacapa) [2014] - (UR would be PG-13) - Big Lebowski-like "UFO Conspiracy" movie set in small Guatemalan town - 3 Stars 
GUATEMALA (MAYA) / NORWAY / CUBA - Where the Sun is Born (orig. Releb'al Q'ij / Dónde Nace el Sol) [2013] - Magical Realist fable telling story of the Mayas of Guatemala from the Sp. Conquest to present day - 3 1/2 Stars
HUNGARY - Our Women (orig. Nejem, nőm, csajom) [2012] - Romantic Dramedy - 3 1/2 Stars
HUNGARY - Son of Saul (orig. Saul Fia) [2015] - Holocaust themed drama - 4+ Stars
HUNGARY - White God (orig. Fehér Isten) [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - A Hungarian "Planet of the Apes Story" only playing-out with dogs ;-) - 3 Stars
ICELAND / DENMARK - Sparrows [2015] - Iceland-set coming of age Drama - UR (would be R) - 4 Stars
INDIA - 3 Idiots [2009] - UR would be PG-13 - excellent coming-of-age dramedy about a group of students who made it to a super-prestigious Indian engineering school (out of 400,000 applications only 200 would be let in each year).  Okay, one got in, but how to survive let alone find happiness in such a super-competitive environment? - 4+ Stars
INDIA - Ae Dil Hai Mushkil [2016] - UR would be PG-13 - Grand Jane Austen-ish Contemporary Bollywood Romance - 4 Stars
INDIA (TALEGU / TAMIL) - Baahubali: The Beginning [2015] - UR would be PG-13 - LOTR / MC "Thor"-like historical adventure saga based on the revered Jainist religious hero Baahubali - 3 1/2 Stars
INDIA - Bajirao Mastani [2015] - UR (would be PG-13) - Epic pre-Colonial Era Historical Drama - 4+ Stars
INDIA (Hindi) - Bajrangi Bhaijaan [2015] - UR would be PG-13 - Lovely Forrest Gump-ish tale of a young Indian (Hindu) man who helps reunite a lost cute-as-a-button but mute Kashmiri Pakistani girl with her family back in Pakistan after she got lost at the end of a pilgrimage to a Sufi healing shrine in India - 4+ stars
INDIA (TAMIL NADU) - Evil Engulfs (orig. Soodhu Kavvum) [2013] - UR (would be PG-13) - Dark Kollywood Comedy - 3 Stars 
INDIA - Go Goa Gone [2013] - UR (would be R) - Bollywood Horror Comedy - 3 Stars
INDIA - Jab Tak Hai Jaan [2012] - UR (would be PG-13) - Bollywood Drama/Romance - 4 Stars
INDIA (TAMIL NADU) - Kodi [2016] - UR (would be PG-13) - family / political drama - 3 Stars
INDIA (GOA) - Let’s Dance to the Rhythm (orig. Nachom-ia Kumpasar) [2015] - UR would be PG-13 - Docudrama about the Goan Jazz musicians who helped make Bollywood what it is today - 4 Stars
INDIA - Mirzya [2016] - UR would be PG-13 - Epic / Timeless Vedic / Shakesperean Romance - 3 1/2 Stars
INDIA (KERALA (Malayalam)) - Munnariyippu [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - thoughtful / reflective "Shawshank Redemption-ish" crime drama - 4 Stars
INDIA - Patang [2012] - UR (would be PG-13) - Drama - 4 Stars
INDIA (Hindi) - Piku [2015] - UR would be PG-13 - a Father - (grown) Daughter relationship film / dramedy set in contemp. India today - 3 1/2 Stars
INDIA - Queen [2014] - UR (would be R) - Young Adult oriented Comedy / Drama - 3 Stars
INDIA - The Lunchbox (orig. Dabba) [2013] - PG - Drama - 4 Stars
INDIA / U.K. - Trishna [2011] - R - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
INDIA / U.S.A. - Valley of Saints [2012] - UR (would be PG-13) - Drama - 4 Stars
IRAN EXILES - A Cinema of Discontent [2013] - UR (would be PG-13) - Documentary - 3 Stars
IRAN - A Cube of Sugar (orig. Ye Habe Grand) [2011] - UR would be PG-13 - Very nice family drama built around preparations for a wedding in a random Iranian provincial town - 4+ Stars
IRAN EXILES - A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night [2014] - R - Horror / Drama - 4 Stars
IRAN - A Separation (orig. Jodaeiye Nader az Simin) [2011] - PG-13 - Drama - 4 Stars
IRAN - Avalanche (orig. Bahman) [2015] - UR would be R - personalist / family drama - 3 1/2 Stars
IRAN EXILES- Circumstance [2011] - R - Young Adult Oriented Drama - 3 Stars (w. Caution)
IRAN - Fish & Cat (orig. Mahi va Gorbeh) [2013] - UR would be R - experimental "slasher evoking" film that involves much more than that- 3 Stars
IRAN EXILES - Green Wave [2010] - UR - Documentary - 4 Stars
IRAN - Manuscripts Don't Burn (orig. Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand) [2013] - UR would be R - IRANIAN DISSIDENT Thriller inspired by True Events - 4+ Stars
IRAN - Meeting Leila (orig. Ashnaee ba Leila) [2011] - UR (would be PG-13) - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
IRAN - Nahid [2015] - UR would be PG-13 - small contemporary personalist drama about a 30-something divorcing Iranian woman who'd like to have more control over her life - 4 Stars
IRAN - Taxi Tehran [2015] - UR (would be PG-13) - Banned Iranian film-maker makes one using "two dash cams and a pretty good mike" driving a taxi in Tehran "one random day" ;-) - 4+ Stars
IRAN - The Bright Day (orig. Rooz-e Roshan) [2013] - UR (would be PG-13) - Legal Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
IRAN - The Past (orig. Le Passé) [2013] - PG-13 - Drama about Immigration / Divorce - 4 Stars
IRAN - The Wedlock (orig. Zendegi Moshtarak-e Aghaye Mahmoodi va Banoo) [2013] - Family Drama - 4 Stars
IRELAND - Glassland [2014] - UR (would be R) - Contemporary Irish Family Drama - 3 Stars 
IRELAND - Gold [2014] - UR would be R - Family Dramedy - 4+ Stars
IRELAND / U.S.A. - Run & Jump [2013] - UR (would be PG-13) - Family Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
IRELAND / FRANCE / BELGIUM - Song of the Sea [2014] - PG - Chidren's Animated Film - 3 1/2 Stars
IRELAND / U.K. / USA - Shadow Dancer [2012] - R - Historical Drama - 3 1/2 Stars 
ISRAEL -  Footnote (orig. Hearat Shulayim) [2011] - PG - Comedy - 4 Stars
ISRAEL - The Gatekeepers [2012] - UR - Documentary - 4 Stars
ISRAEL - The Kindergarten Teacher (orig. Haganenet) [2014] -  UR )would be R) - drama / cautionary tale about teacher who gets inappropriately involved with 5 year old (!) - 3 Stars
ITALY - A Small Southern Enterprise (orig. Una Piccola Impresa Meridionale) [2013] - (UR would be R) - Comedy - About an ex-Catholic Priest who discovers that one never really "leaves the priesthood" - 3 1/2 Stars
ITALY - Black Souls (orig. Anime Nere) [2014] - UR would be R - Calabrese mafia drama - 3 Stars
ITALY - How Strange to be Named Federico: Scola narrates Fellini (orig. Che Strano Chiamarsi Federico: Scola Racconta Fellini) [2013] - "Fellini like" bio-pic about the life of Federico Felini ;-) - 4+ Stars
ITALY - I Can Quit Whenever I Want (orig. Smetto Quando Voglio) [2014] - UR (would be R) - Comedy about un(der)employed Italian professionals who come up "with a plan" - 3 1/2 Stars
ITALY - Immaturi [2011] - UR (would be PG-13) - Comedy - 3 1/2 Stars
ITALY - Latin Lover [2015] - UR would be R - Comedy set in context Funeral of an "famous" Italian Actor of the 1950s-70s - "the Family" - all the wives/ex-wives/children - gather(s) - UR would be PG-13 - 4 Stars 
ITALY - Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy (orig. Romanzo di una Strage) [2012] - Historical Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
ITALY - The Great Beauty (orig. La Grande Bellezza) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Dramedy - 4 stars
ITALY - The Mafia Only Kills In The Summer (orig. La Mafia Solo Uccide d'Estate) [2013] - Forrest Gump-like Comedy about young Italian growing-up in Palermo in the 1970s-90s - 4 Stars 
ITALY - The Referee (orig. L'Arbitro) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Comedy about ... Calcio / Soccer - 3 1/2 Stars
ITALY - Those Happy Years (orig. Anni Felici) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Family Drama - 1970s Nostalgia Piece - 3 1/2 Stars
ITALY - We Have a Pope (orig. Habemus Papam) [2011] - UR / A-III - Comedy / Religious - 3 Stars
ITALY - Wondrous Boccaccio (orig. Boccaccio Maraviglioso) [2015] - UR (would be PG-13) - Medieval pre-Canturbury Tales YA oriented  period piece set in/around Florence in the context of the Black Plague - 4+ Stars
ITALY - You Can't Save Yourself Alone (orig. Nessuno si salva da solo) [2015] - UR (would be R) - Drama about a divorcing couple - 3 1/2 Stars
JAPAN - A Chorus of Angels (orig. Kita no kanaria-tachi) [2012] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 3 Stars
JAPAN - Castle in the Sky (orig. Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta) [1986] - PG - Children's Animated Story - 3 Stars
JAPAN - Harmonium [2016] - UR would be R - tight crime drama / psychological thriller - 3 1/2 Stars
JAPAN - I Wish (orig. Kiseki) [2011] - UR - Family Drama -  3 1/2 Stars
JAPAN - Little Voices from Fukushima (orig: Chiisaki koe no kanon: sentakusuru hitobito) [2015]  - Documentary about the aftereffects of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster - 4 Stars
JAPAN -  My Neighbors the Yamadas (orig. Hôhokekyo tonari no Yamada-kun) [1999] - PG - Children's Animated Story / Comedy - 4 Stars
JAPAN - Pom Poko (orig. Heisei tanuki gassen ponpoko) [1994] - PG - Children's Animated Story - 4 Stars
JAPAN - Spirited Away (orig. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi) [2001] - PG - Children's Animated Story - 3 1/2 Stars
JAPAN - Tag (orig. Riaru onigokko) [2015] - UR (would be R) - Teenage horror / splatter film - 2 Stars
JAPAN - The Wind Rises (orig. Kazetachinu) [2013] - R / A-III - 4 Stars
KAZAKHSTAN - Student [2012] - Drama - 3 Stars
LATVIA - Alias Loner (orig. Segvārds Vientulis) [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - drama about the armed resistance to Soviet rule that continued for some time after WW II - 4 Stars
LEBANON - Where do we go now? (orig. Et maintenant on va où?) - UR - Drama / Religious - 4 Stars
LITHUANIA/USA - The Other Dream Team [2012] - UR (would be PG) - Sports Documentary - 4 Stars
LITHUANIA - The Excursionist (orig. Ekskursantė) [2013] - UR (would be PG-13) - Historical Drama - 4 Stars
MALTA - Shimshar [2015] - UR (would be PG-13) - Contemporary family drama set in context of N. African refugee crisis - 3 1/2 Stars
MEXICO/USA - Aquí y Allá (Here and There) [2012] - UR (would be PG-13) - Family Drama - 4 Stars
MEXICO - El Jeremías [2016] - PG - Family Dramedy from the POV of an 8 year old boy - 4+ Stars
MEXICO - Have you seen Lupita? (orig. ¿Alguien ha visto a Lupita?) [2012] - UR (would be PG-13/R) - Youth Oriented Drama/Comedy - 4 Stars
MEXICO - Inicuo: The Brotherhood (orig. Inicuo: La Hermanidad) [2016] - UR would be R - dark tale of young man who forms a Cult to take Ritual Revenge on those who mistreated him (and others) in the past -- 1 1/2 Stars
MEXICO - One for the Road (orig. En el Último Trago) [2014] - UR would be R - heartfelt comedy / 80+ year old life-long buddy / "roadtrip" movie - 4+ Stars
MEXICO - Panamerican Machinery (orig. Panamericana Maquinaria) [2016] - UR would be PG-13 - Parable / Social Satire about a large / random Latin American engineering firm whose years of getting by on auto-pilot are about to run out - 3 Stars
MEXICO - The Incident (orig. El Incidente) [2014] - UR (would be R) - contemp. Twilight Zone-like Thriller - 3 Stars
MEXICO - The Similars (orig. Los Parecidos) [2015] - UR (would be R) - a Twilight Zonish Sci-Fi thriller set in a random provincial bus station during a rainstorm in Oct 1968 - 3 1/2 Stars
MEXICO - Tlatelolco, Summer of 68 (orig. Tlatelolco, Verano del 68) - UR (would be R) - Historical Drama - 4 Stars
MEXICO - Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos [2015] - PG-13 - children's animated movie about a young rooster who needs to step-up for the sake of the farm - 3 Stars
NETHERLANDS - After the Tone [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - A concept film - composed entirely of voice-messages left an Amsterdam man who one day appears to vanish - 3 1/2 Stars
NETHERLANDS / CROATIA - Full Contact [2015] - UR would be R - Sci-Fi-ish film about a combat drone pilot - 3 Stars
NETHERLANDS - Miss Minoes [2001] - PG - Modern Children's Fable - 3 Stars
NETHERLANDS - Layla M. [2016] - UR would be PG-13 - A "plays it straight" drama about a young teenage girl, daughter of Moroccan immigrants who runs off with her "just starting to grow a beard" similarly Arab immigrant boyfriend to get married and ... join ISIS (!).  An excellent "scared straight" type story - 4+ Stars
NETHERLANDS - Tricked (orig. Steekspel) [2012] UR (would be R) - Experimental "user generated" Dramedy - 3 1/2 Stars
NEW ZEALAND - White Lies [2013] - UR (would be PG-13) - colonial era period piece about (mis)treatment of the indigenous Maoris for their darker skin color - 4 Stars
NICARAGUA - The Naked Screen (orig. La Pantalla Desnuda) [2014] - UR would be PG-13/R - young adult oritented cautionary tale about being dangers of sexting - 3 1/2 Stars
NIGERIA - Arugbá [2010] - UR (would be PG-13) - Comedy/Drama - 4 Stars
NORWAY - Headhunters (orig. Hodejegerne) [2011] - R - Action - 3 Stars
NORWAY -  The House (orig. Huset) [2016] - UR would be PG-13 / R)  Twilight Zonish Cursed / Haunted House story set in context also of Nazi occupation - 3 Stars
PANAMA - Breaking the Wave (orig. Romiendo la Ola) [2014] - UR would be PG-13 - Surfing Documentary - 3 Stars
PAKISTAN - Daughter (orig. Dukhtar) [2014] - UR (would be PG-13) - Drama - 4 Stars
PARAGUAY - 7 Boxes (orig. 7 Cajas) [2012] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 4+ Stars
PERU - Chungui, horror sin lágrimas... una Historia Peruana (Chungui, a horror without tears ... a Peruvian story) [2010] - UR (should be R) - Documentary - 3 1//2 Stars
PERU - The Devil's Operation (orig. Operación Diablo) [2010] - UR - Documentary - 3 Stars
PERU - Trip to Timbuktu (orig. Viaje a Tombuctú) [2013] (UR would be PG-13) - Historical Drama about life during 1980s-90s Shining Path insurgency - 4 stars
PHILIPPINES - Graceland [2012] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
PHILIPPINES / USA - Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey [2013]- UR (would be PG-13) - Documentary - 4 Stars
PHILIPPINES - Ignacio de Loyola [2016] - UR (would be PG-13) - Bio Pic about the Jesuit Saint - 4 Stars
POLAND - A Grain of Truth (orig. Ziarno prawdy) [2015] - UR (would be R) - "Da Vinci Code-like" mystery / crime thriller set in town in S.W. Poland - 3 Stars
POLAND - A Short Film about Killing (orig. Krótki film o zabijaniu) [1987] - (UR would be R) - Legal Drama - 4 Stars
POLAND / AUSTRALIA / U.K. / U.S.A. - A Town Called Brzotek [2014] - UR (would be PG-13) - Documentary about a small Polish town and a post-Holocaust Reconciliation - 3 1/2 Stars
POLAND - Aftermath (orig. Pokłosie) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Noir-ish Historical Drama about WW II-era Holocaust and its enduring Legacy- 4+ Stars  
POLAND - Ashes and Diamonds (orig. Popioł i Diament) [1958] - (UR would be PG-13) - Casablanca-like Melodrama about Poland at end of WW II - 4 Stars
POLAND - Call Me Marianna (orig. Mów mi Marianna) [2015]- UR (would be R) - Polish transgender docudrama - 3 1/2 Stars
POLAND - Courage (orig. Wymyk) [2011] - UR (would be R) - Contemporary Drama - 3 Stars
POLAND - Eroica [1957] - M.A.S.H. / Catch-22 like Communist-Era "Comedy" about Warsaw Uprising - 2 Stars
POLAND - Father, Son and Holy Cow (orig. Święta Krowa) [2011] - (UR would be R) - Contemporary Drama/Comedy - 3 Stars
POLAND / ITALY - Foreign Body (Obce ciało) [2014] - UR (would be R) - Contemporary film about a Polish woman discerning whether she wants to enter the convent and her Italian boyfriend who loves her - 3 1/2 Stars
POLAND - Floating Skyscrapers (orig. Płynące Wieżowce) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Young Adult Drama involving Homosexuality - 3 Stars
POLAND - Ida [2013] - PG-13 - post-Holocaust Era Drama - 4 Stars
POLAND - In the Name of ... (orig. W imię...) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Drama about Clergy Sex Abuse - 3 1/2 Stars
POLAND - Innocent Sorcerers (orig. Niewinni czarodzieje) [1960] - UR (would be PG-13) - period young adult oriented Romance - 4 Stars
POLAND - Jack Strong [2014] (UR would be PG-13) - Biopic about Polish Colonel who became most important NATO spy during Cold War - 3 1/2 Stars 
POLAND - Jump (orig. Salto) [1965] - "Twilight Zone" / "The Shining"-like post-WW II Mystery - UR would be R - 4 stars
POLAND - Karbala [2015] - UR (would be R) - film about Polish military detachments battle in Karbala during post-Iraq War occupation - 3 Stars
POLAND - Karski [2015] - UR (would be PG-13) - docudrama about Polish Res. hero who first informed Allies about the Holocaust - 3 1/2 Stars
POLAND / SLOVENIA / USA - Letters to Santa (orig. Listy do M) [2011] - (UR would be R) - Romantic Comedy - 3 1/2 Stars
POLAND - Life Must Go On (orig. Żyć nie umierać) [2015] - midlife AA / reconciliation drama - 3 1/2 Stars  
POLAND - Lose to Win (orig. Nad Życie) - (UR would be R) - Biopic / Young Adult Oriented / ProLife Drama - 4 Stars
POLAND - Men at War (orig. Wirtualna Wojna) [2012] - (UR would be PG-13/R) - Documentary - 4 Stars
POLAND - Mother Joan of the Angels (orig. Matka Joanna od Aniolów) [1961] - (UR would be PG-13) - Church Exorcism Drama (like "In the Name of the Rose") - 3 1/2 Stars
POLAND - Night Train (orig. Pociąg) [1959] - UR (would be R) - Alfred Hitchcock "Strangers on a Train" inspired existential piece - 4 Stars
POLAND - Papusza [2013] - UR (would be PG-13) - Biopic about Polish Roma (Gypsy) poet - 3 1/2 Stars
POLAND - Pharoah (orig. Faraon) [1966] - (UR would be PG-13/R)  - "Sword and Sandal's" Epic / work of StarTrek-like Speculative Fiction - 4 Stars
POLAND - Planeta Singli [2016] - (UR would be PG-13/R) - contemp. Polish RomCom - 4 Stars
POLAND - One Way Ticket to the Moon (orig. Bilet na Księżyc) [2013] -  UR (would be R) - Hair/Easy-Rider-like Comedy about Poland's 1969 "Summer of Love" - 3 1/2 Stars  
POLAND - Planeta Singli [2016] - UR (if not for language would be PG-13) - Fun contemporary Polish RomCom - 4 Stars
POLAND / CZECH REP / SLOVAKIA - Red Spider (orig. Czerwony Pająk / Červeny Pavouk) [2015] - Thriller about Poland's most notorious Cold War Era serial killer - 3 1/2 Stars 
POLAND - Siberian Exile (orig. Syberiada Polska) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Historical Drama - 4 Stars
POLAND - Stones for the Rampart (orig. Kamienie na szaniec) [2014]- UR (would be R) - Harrowing WW II drama about Polish Boy Scouts (teenagers) who join Poland Home Army Resistance - 4 Stars
POLAND - The Christening (orig. Chrzest) [2010] - UR (should be R) - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
POLAND - The Constant Factor (orig. Constans) [1980] - UR would be PG-13 - Personalist / Existentialist Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
POLAND - The Forest, 4 AM (orig. Las, 4 rano) - UR (would be R) - small indie piece, runs like a contemp. (though adult oriented) Polish parable/fairy tale - 3 Stars
POLAND - The Last Day of Summer (orig. Ostatni Dzień Lata) [1958] - UR (would be PG-13) - "From Here to Eternity" inspired Minimalist Drama - 3 1/2 Stars 
POLAND - The Totentanz. Scenes from the Warsaw Uprising (orig. Taniec śmierci. Sceny z powstania warszawskiego)[2012] - (UR would be R) - Historical Drama - 4 Stars
POLAND - These Daughters of Mine (orig. Moje córki krowy) [2015] - UR (would be R) - Adult family drama as two grown daughters "suddenly" face tending to their aging parents - 3 Stars
POLAND / BELARUS - Viva Belarus! (orig. Żywie Biełaruś!) [2012] - UR (would be R) - Drama/Biopic - 4 Stars
POLAND - Walesa: Man of Hope (orig. Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Biopic - 4 stars
POLAND - Warsaw by Night [2015] - UR (would be R) - Polish "Sex in the City-ish" contemporary women's drama - 2 Stars  
PORTUGAL - Colossal Youth (orig. La Juventude em Marcha) [2006] - UR would be R - drama set in the immigrant slums (favelas) of Lisbon - 3 1/2 Stars
PORTUGAL - Florbela [2012] - (UR would be R) - Historical Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
PORTUGAL - Colossal Youth (orig. La Juventude em Marcha) [2006] - UR would be R - drama set in the immigrant slums (favelas) of Lisbon - 3 1/2 Stars
PUERTO RICO - Andrea y Lorenzo [2015] - UR (would be PG-13) - an authentic college aged / 20-something student RomCom - 3 Stars
PUERTO RICO - Elite [2010] - Crime Drama - 2 1/2 Stars
PUERTO RICO - Gold Brooch (orig. Broche de Oro) [2012] - UR (would be PG-13) - Family Comedy - 4 Stars
PUERTO RICO / USA - Under My Nails [2011] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
ROMANIA / BULGARIA / CZECH REP - Aferim! [2015] - UR (would be PG-13) - Romanian "Western" or "Eastern" - two Romanian "chetniks" set out on horseback to recapture escaped gypsy slave in 1835 Wallachia, much often funny ensues - 4+ Stars
ROMANIA - Beyond the Hills (orig. Dupa Dealuri) [2012] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 4 Stars
ROMANIA - Déjà Vu [2013] - A "reality"-show like "day in the life" of a cheating media exec who MAY have decided to come clean with his wife - 4 Stars
ROMANIA - Miss Christina (orig. Domnisoara Christina) [2013] - UR (would be R) -  Authentic Romanian Vampire Drama - 4 Stars
ROMANIA - I'm an Old Communist Hag (orig. Sunt o babă comunistă) [2013] - UR (would be PG-13) - 4 Stars
RUSSIA - A Long and Happy Life (orig. Долгая счастливая жизнь) [2013] - UR would be PG-13 - Contemp. Russian Socialist Realist "Western"-style Drama - 2 Stars
RUSSIA / UKRAINE - Battle for Sevastopol (orig. Битва за Севастополь - Bitva za Sevastopol) [2015]  - UR would be PG-13 - actually a biopic about famed Ukranian-born Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko who came to the U.S. as part of a "good will tour" during WW II where she met / impressed Eleanor Roosevelt and Woody Guthrie - 3 1/2 Stars
RUSSIA - Calculator (orig. Вычислитель / Vychislitel) [2014] - UR (would be PG-13) - Sci-Fi picture about prisoners exiled to a penal planet in the future - 3 Stars
RUSSIA - Dark World (orig. Темный мир / Temnyy Mir) [2010] - UR (would be PG-13) - a Russian "Twilight"-like saga set largely in the forests of Karelia - 3 1/2 Stars
RUSSIA - Elena (orig. Елена) [2011] - UR (would be PG-13) - Family Drama - 3 Stars
RUSSIA - Faust (orig. фауст) [2012] - UR (would be R) - Allegorical / Historical Drama -  3 Stars
RUSSIA - Gagarin: First in Space (orig. Гагарин. Первый в космосе) [2013] - UR (would be PG-13) - "The Right Stuff"-like Historical Drama - 3 Stars
RUSSIA - Gamers / In the Game (orig. На игре / Na Igre) [2009]  - UR would be PG-13 - team of five computer gamers win a CD that by means of an EM pulse installs "a gaming package" directly into their heads, much ensues -- 3 1/2  Stars
RUSSIA - Generation P (orig. Generation П) - UR (would be R) - Young Adult oriented "countercultural" Comedy - 3 1/2 Stars
RUSSIA - Hard to be a God (orig. Трудно быть Богом) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Ponderous SciFi / Medieval Epic - 4 Stars
RUSSIA - He - the Dragon (orig. Он – дракон / On -- Drakon) [2015] - UR would be PG-13 - often spectacularly shot and w. world-class CGI, set in the still Christianizing Rus of yore, very much a "Twilight"-like love story between a Princess and a Dragon ;-) - 4+ Stars
RUSSIA - Inadequate People (orig. Неадекватные люди / Neadekvatnye Lyudi) [2010] - UR (would be R) - small "indie / personalist piece" about quite very average Russians living at the outskirts of Moscow dealing with the struggles of life - 3 Stars
RUSSIA - Legend no. 17 (orig. Легенда №17) [2013] - UR would be PG-13/R - "Rocky" / "Brian's Song" like Sports film - 3 Stars
RUSSIA - Leviathan (orig. Левиафан) [2014] - R - Allegorical Drama - 3 Stars
RUSSIA - Moms / Mamy (orig. мамы) [2012] - UR (would be PG) - Russian "Valentines Day" / "New Years Eve" like film about Russian Mothers' Day - 4 Stars
RUSSIA - Me Too! (orig. я тоже хочу) [2012] - UR (would be R) - Apocalyptic Comedy  - 3 Stars
RUSSIA - Metro (orig. Метро) [2013] - UR (would be R) - A Russian Hollywood-style "Disaster Film" - 3 1/2 Stars
RUSSIA - My Boyfriend's an Angel (orig. Мой парень - ангел / Moy Paren Angel) [2012] - UR (would be PG-13) - Russian Moscow-set contemporary RomCom - 3 1/2 Stars
RUSSIA / UNITED KINGDOM - My Perestroika [2010] - UR - Documentary - 4 Stars
RUSSIA -  Russian Reserve (orig. Русский заповедник) [2010] - UR - Documentary - 4 Stars
RUSSIA / MARI EL - The Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (orig. небесные жены луговых мари) [2012] - (UR would be R) - Dramatization of the Folktales of the Mari people of the Volga/Ural region of Russia - 3 1/2 Stars
RUSSIA - The Edge (orig. Край / Kray) [2010] - UR would be R - Closest thing to a Russian made GULAG film - 1 1/2 Stars
RUSSIA / ESTONIA - The End of a Great Era (orig. Конец прекрасной эпохи / Konets prekrasnoy epokhi) [2015] - UR would be R - smart Russian dramedy - set in 1969 but with clear msg. for today - 4 Stars
RUSSIA - The Fool (orig. дурак) [2014] - UR (would be R) - Contemp. Allegorical Drama - 4 Stars 
RUSSIA - The Geographer Drank His Globe Away (orig. Географ Глобус Пропил) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Personalist Drama - 4+ Stars
RUSSIA - The Guy from our Cemetery (orig. Парень с нашего кладбища / Paren s nashego kladbishcha) [2015]  - UR would be PG-13 - Popular "Paul Blart" / "Night at the Museum" like mashup about 20 yo Kolya from the Provinces taking a job at an edge of Moscow cemetery - 3 1/2 Stars
RUSSIA - The Hope Factory (orig. Комбинат «Надежда» / Kombinat "Nadezhda") [2014] - UR (would be R) - Russian "small indie" film about 18 yr old growing up in north Siberian city and just wanting something else - 4 Stars
RUSSIA - The Postman's White Nights (orig. Белые ночи почтальона Алексея Тряпицына / Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna) [2014] - UR would be R - Small poignant / VIFF award winning piece about life in the lakeside villages of Northern Russia in Arkhangelsk Oblast - 3 1/2 Stars
RUSSIA / UKRAINE / POLAND - Under Electric Clouds (orig. Под электрическими облаками / Pod elektricheskimi oblakami) [2015] - UR would be PG-13 - Science Fiction-y Allegory about post-Communist Russia - 3 Stars
RUSSIA, CZECH REP, GERMANY, LATVIA - Under the Sun (orig. V paprscích slunce) [2015] - UR would be PG - Remarkable Czech and German financed doc. made by Russian director about life in North Korea.  Unfortunately the Russian dir felt that he had to finish it in Latvia and has chosen to live there since - 4 Stars
RUSSIA - White Tiger (orig. Белый тигр / Belyy Tigr) [2012] - UR (would be R) - Set at end of WW II, allegorical tale of a phantom German Tiger tank that rises out of the marshes to attack Russians and disappears again - 2 Stars
SLOVAKIA - A Step into the Dark (orig. Krok do Tmy) [2014] - Historical drama set during Communist Era - 3 1/2 Stars
SLOVAKIA / CZECH REP -  Gypsy (orig Cigán) [2011] - UR (would be PG-13) - Drama - 4 Stars
SLOVAKIA / CZECH REP - My Dog Killer (orig. Môj pes Killer) [2013] - Racial Prejudice / Dysfunctional Family Drama - 4 Stars
SLOVAKIA / CZECH REP - The House (Dom / Dům) [2011] -UR (would be R) - Drama - 4 Stars
SLOVENIA - Inferno [2014] - unapologetic neo-Communist family drama - the Communists were actually the "better guys" when compared with the savagely privatized world of today - 1 Star 
 SOUTH AFRICA - Life, Above All [2010] - PG-13 - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
SOUTH AFRICA / LESOTHO / USA - The Forgotten Kingdom [2013] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
SOUTH KOREA - A Dream of Iron (orig. Cheol-ae-kum) [2013] - UR (would be PG-13) - visual (documentary) reflection about Man and his Mastery of the Environment - 3 Stars
SOUTH KOREA - Pietà [2012] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
SOUTH KOREA - Poetry (orig. "Shi") [2010] - UR (would be PG-13/R) - Drama - 3 Stars
SOUTH KOREA - The Age of Shadows (orig. Mil-jeong) [2016] - UR (would be R) - Historical Drama during period of 20th Century Japanese Occupation - 3 1/2 Stars 
SPAIN - Biutiful [2011] - R - Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
SPAIN - Blancanieves [2012] - PG-13 - B&W Silent Screen Drama - 4 Stars
SPAIN - Broken (orig. Rotas) [2016] - UR (would be PG-13) - Flamenco expressed Drama about the theme of Domestic Violence - 4 Stars
SPAIN - Cousinhood (orig. Primos) [2011] - UR (would be R) - Comedy - 2 1/2 Stars
SPAIN - Here's the Deal (orig. Somos Gente Honrada) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Bittersweet Comedy about making ends meet in post Financial Crisis Spain - 3 1/2 Stars
SPAIN - Living is Easy with Eyes Closed (orig. Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados) [2013] - Coming of Age / Historical Drama - Beatlemania during Franco's Spain - 3 1/2 Stars
SPAIN - Marshland (orig. La Isla Mínima) [2014 - UR (would be R) - Noirish detective story / crime drama set in the Andalucian coastal hinterlands of early post-Franco Spain (c. 1980) - 3 1/2 Stars
SPAIN - The Kid (orig. El Niño) [2014] - a Spanish "French Connection"-like smuggling drama taking place in / around Gibraltar and the 10 mile strait to the south - 3 1/2 Stars
SPAIN - The Skin I Live in (orig. La Piel Que Habito) [2011] - R - Drama/Horror - 3 Stars (w. Parental Warning)
SPAIN - Unit 7 (orig. Grupo 7) [2012] - UR (would be R) - Police Drama - 4 Stars 
SRI LANKA - With You, Without You (orig. Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Personalist Drama - 3 1/2 Stars
SWEDEN - Ingrid Bergman In her Own Words (orig. Jag är Ingrid) [2015] - UR (would be PG-13) - intimate documentary about the world-renowned Swedish actress  - 3 1/2 Stars
SWEDEN - Stockholm Stories [2013] - UR (would be R) - romantic comedy - 3 1/2 Stars
SWITZERLAND / ALGERIA - Taxiphone (orig: El Mektoub) [2010] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 3 Stars
TAIWAN / CHINA - The Assassin (orig. Nie yin niang) [2015] - UR (would be PG-13) - Tang Dynasty set Martial Arts drama / period piece - 3 1/2 Stars
TAIWAN - Will you still love me tomorrow? (orig. Ming tian ji de ai shang wo) [2013] - UR (would be R) - Gay themed young adult / young family drama - 4 stars 
TURKEY - Honey (orig. Bal) [2010] - UR (would be PG-13) - Rural Family Drama - 4 Stars
UKRAINE / RUSSIA - Song of Songs (orig. Песнь Песней / Pesn pesney) [2015] - Sholem Aleichem stories' inspired almost "Dances with Wolves" period piece about Jewish community of the "Shtetl" of rural 19th century Belorussia / Poland / Russia / Ukraine - 3 1/2 Stars
UNITED KINGDOM / BELGIUM / FRANCE - Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death [2003] - UR (would be PG-13) - Documentary (subtitled at times) - 4 Stars
UNITED KINGDOM - Exhibition [2013] - UR (would be R) - Minimalist/Personalist Drama - 4 Stars 
UNITED KINGDOM / POLAND - Flying Blind [2013] - UR (would be R) - Drama - 4 Stars
UNITED KINGDOM - Locke [2013] - R - Drama - 4+ Stars
URUGUAY / ARGENTINA / BRAZIL - Artigas - La Redota (orig. La Redota - Una Historia de Artigas) [2011]  - UR - Historical Drama - 3 Stars
VENEZUELA - The Liberator (orig. Libertador) [2013] - UR would be R - biopic about Simon Bolivar - 3 Stars


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