If you're in the mood for arthouse weird cinema, you might want to try The Skin I Live In.

Highly esteemed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar offers you his brand of Frankenstein flick, where the creator is a skin-obsessed plastic surgeon, and the monster creation (who doesn't look anything like a monster) is a soft-skinned beautiful girl that he names Vera Cruz.Set in present day suburban Toleda, Spain, The Skin I Live In (watch the badly made official trailer) follows Dr. Legard (Antonio Banderas), a screwball widowed surgeon tinkering with transgenesis and keeps in his remote stately mansion/medical lab "Vera" (Elena Ayana), his human experiment. He closely watches the suffering and locked-up Vera with a scrutinizing obsession-- his very own creation, guinea pig and art work... (READ FULL REVIEW)
 
 
An undocumented immigrant Mexican worker, Carlos Galindo (Demian Bichir) is a single father chasing the American dream. Determined to give his smart-arsed teenage son Luis (Jose Julian) a bright future, he toils every day for a dollar with his boss, circling East LA in a truck, for landscaping jobs. The boss eventually sells Galindo the truck, and this becomes the father and son's starting point for a better life. But an unexpected incident threatens their future.

Directed by Christ Weistz, A Better Life is a simple yet profoundly touching story of a decent, hard-working and loving father who remains to be admirably good and humble even during life's cruel situations. The movie, even in its quiet moments, offers multitudes of emotions-- ... (READ FULL REVIEW)
 
 
It’s hard to believe that A Separation is an original screenplay. This domestic drama transforms you from a mere movie-watcher into a voyeur, a judge, an adjudicator-- as if you constantly want to interrupt everybody in the movie and say your piece or settle the matter.

Such is the pull of the Iranian film A Separation, winner of this year's Oscar Best Foreign Picture; you unwittingly cross over to a place where you forget that you're watching a movie, but instead you feel like you are either the neighbor, the relative of the characters, or the characters themselves. 

The film opens with secular husband and wife Nader (Peyman Moadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami) arguing before a judge. Simin wants a better life for their daughter in the US, whereas Nader refuses to leave Iran, unable to leave his father with Alzheimer's. Simin's solution? Divorce--  (READ FULL REVIEW)