Director: Rebecca Miller. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Camilla Belle, Beau Bridges, Catherine Keener. (112 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt *** Marvelously acted story about an aging anarchist, his teenage daughter, and their struggle to keep up a life of happy solitude despite the distractions of Jack's love life and a real-estate developer who wants houses to spring up around them. Smart and engrossing, if too heavy on the symbolism at times.
Director: Lisandro Perez-Rey. With veterans of the Mariel Boatlift from Cuba. (80 min.)
Sterritt *** Documentary about the famous Cuban boatlift of the Jimmy Carter era. Full of fascinating eye-witness accounts. In English and Spanish with subtitles.
Director: Angela Robinson. With Sara Foster, Jordana Brewster, Devon Aoki, Jill Ritchie. (91 min.)
Sterritt ** It turns out the SATs contain a secret test that detects your ability to lie and cheat, and if you score well you're drafted into this all-girl spy squad, where the latest assignment is to track down a femme fatale with fatal plans for her victims. Alas, the movie isn't nearly as amusing as its premise, but it's refreshingly different from most run-of-the-mill teenage fare.
Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan. With Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Zoë Saldaña, Judith Scott. (106 min.)
Sterritt * See review, at right.
Director: Ruth Leitman. With Penny Banner, Ida May Martinez, Judy Grable, Gladys Gillem. (83 min.)
Sterritt *** Documentary about old women who were professional female wrestlers in their younger days. An entertaining look at a genuinely offbeat subject.
Director: Jonathan Nossiter. With Robert Parker, Aime Guibert, Neal Rosenthal, Jonathan Nossiter. (136 min.)
Sterritt *** Documentary about how wines are made, distributed, and sold in today's world. The real subject, though, is how globalization fosters a homogeneous, "same-old-stuff" conformity that molds almost everything on the planet into an ever-shrinking number of shapes, sizes, and varieties. In English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, with subtitles.
Director: Savi Gabizon. With Aviv Elkabets, Ayelet July Zurer, Anat Waxman, Yoram Hatav. (110 min.)
Sterritt **** The place is Israel, and the hero is a 14-year-old boy who falls in love with his aunt, moving in with her as a sympathetic family member after her husband dies. This wry comedy drama has excellent acting and surprises galore. In Hebrew with subtitles.
Director: Park Chanwook. With Choi Min-sik, Gang Hye-jung, Wu Ji-tae, Lee Seung-Shin. (118 min.)
Sterritt *** South Korean melodrama about a man held captive for years by an unseen abductor, then released only to become the victim in a cat-and-mouse game as mysterious as it is sinister. In Korean with subtitles.
Director: Richard Jobson. With Kevin McKidd, Laura Fraser, Ewan Bremner, Susan Lynch. (102 min.)