Director: Wayne Wang. With Jeff Daniels, AnnaSophia Robb, Cicely Tyson, Eva Marie Saint. (106 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt ** New to a small town where her father is the preacher, a young girl makes new friends including a couple of aging women and a friendly pooch she names after the grocery store where she finds him. Bland, amiable, innocuous.
Director: Agnès Varda. With Ydessa Handeles, Michel Piccoli, and many photographs. (91 min.)
Sterritt **** Three short documentaries about photography made by one of France's finest directors. "Ydessa, the Bears, and Etc." portrays an eccentric curator. "Ulysse" analyzes a photo Varda took years earlier. "Salut les Cubains" collages almost 2,000 photos she took during a Cuban sojourn. In English and French with subtitles.
Director: Francis Lawrence. With Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Peter Stormare, Tilda Swinton. (118 min.)
Sterritt ** Reeves plays a James Bond of the supernatural, tracking down demons and helping a mournful woman solve the mystery of her twin sister's suicide. The story is a retread of the old "Exorcist" and "Omen" formats, but it delivers as much action and spectacle as fans of the genre could want.
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel. With Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Corinna Harfouch. (149 min.)
Sterritt **** See review.
Director: Carl Bessai. With Ian McKellen, Deborah Kara Unger, Tygh Runyan, Theo Crane. (92 min.)
Sterritt *** On a visit to Canada to receive an honorary degree, an aging man copes with old memories while trying to forge new bonds with his estranged family.
Poignant and well acted, though not very memorable.
Director: Michael Wolk. With Gary Wilson, The Blind Dates. (74 min.)
Sterritt *** Documentary about rock musician Wilson, who developed a cult following with his 1977 debut album, then dropped so far out of sight that even people wanting to reissue the record had a hard time finding him. Offbeat and entertaining.
Director: Christopher Munch. With Bryce Johnson, Rain Phoenix, Cole Williams, Michelle Phillips. (74 min.)
Sterritt ** Two adolescent brothers, both pop stars with gay proclivities, slowly come to terms with their complex relationship and their own fledgling personalities. Intermittently insightful, but a disappointment from the talented Munch.
Director: Dan Harris. With Sigourney Weaver, Emile Hirsch, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams. (111 min.)
Sterritt **** Harris's debut drama shows rare promise as it tracks the engrossing emotional life of a suburban family that goes through a series of crises after a
tragic event. While the ultimate message is hopeful, Harris's screenplay pulls no punches in its tragicomic portrait of two generations facing challenges they'd assumed their all-too-comfortable circumstances would shield them from. Superbly acted.
Director: Michael Schorr. With Horst Krause, Ursula Schucht, Harald Warmbrunn, Karl Fred Müller. (114 min.)