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October 8, 2004

Around the Bend (R)

Director: Jordan Roberts, With Christopher Walken, Josh Lucas, Glenne Headly, Michael Caine. (85 min.)

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Sterritt ** Three male relatives of three generations head off on a bittersweet journey to fulfill the terms of a deceased family member's eccentric will. The story is spotty, but the acting is fine, especially when Walken is around.

Primer (PG-13)

Director: Shane Carruth. With Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Carrie Crawford. (78 min.)

Sterritt *** Young businessmen concoct a sort of time machine in a garage, then test its power to change their lives without conjuring up paradoxes that might call reality itself into question. The screenplay is convoluted but fascinating, flawed less by its built-in complexity than by the limitations of the characters' psychological depth.

Silent Waters (Not rated)

Director: Sabiha Sumar. With Kirron Kher, Aamir Malik, Arshad Mahmud, Salman Shahid. (95 min.)

Sterritt *** After being raised as a Muslim in Pakistan following her abduction in 1947 when Pakistan became a nation, a woman is tracked down by her Sikh brother from India, with grave repercussions for a number of people. Stirring on religious and humanitarian levels, and very timely notwithstanding its 1979 setting. In Punjabi with subtitles.

Stage Beauty (R)

Director: Richard Eyre. With Billy Crudup, Clair Danes, Richard Griffiths, Zoe Tapper. (110 min.)

Sterritt *** See review.

Tarnation (Not rated)

Director: Jonathan Caouette, With Jonathan Caouette. Renée LeBlanc, Adolph Davis, David Sanin Paz. (105 min.)

Sterritt **** An autobiographical documentary about Caouette's unbelievably troubled life, featuring members of his unbelievably dysfunctional family. Harrowing, extremely disturbing at times, but brought to the screen in dazzling pop-art images that make the movie's grim content very much worth watching.

Taxi (PG-13)

Director: Tim Story. With Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Esposito, Gisele Bündchen. (79 min.)

Sterritt ** She's a souped-up cab driver, he's an accident-prone cop, and their adversaries are bank robbers who look and dress like supermodels. Frivolous but fun, somewhere between a comic "French Connection" and the craziest Nascar race you never saw.

Vera Drake (R)

Director: Mike Leigh. With Imelda Staunton, Peter Wight, Lesley Manville, Jim Broadbent. (125 min.)

Sterritt **** Staunton plays a middle-aged cleaning woman in 1950s London who performs illegal abortions in her spare time, motivated not by money or ideology but by an intuitive conviction that she's providing a desperately needed service for desperately needy women. The acting is brilliant and Leigh's screenplay - developed through his usual process of improvisation and rehearsal - is very long on compassion, very short on preaching and politics.

Vodka Lemon (Not rated)

Director: Hiner Saleem. With Ivan Franek, Romen Avinian, Lala Sarkissian, Astrik Avaguian. (84 min.)

Sterritt ** Tragicomic story centering on tiny events that lend meaning to the largely bleak lives of residents in a snowbound Armenian village. Diverting but minor. In Armenian, Russian, Kurdish, and French, with subtitles.

Collateral (R)