Director: Susanne Bier. With Connie Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Sarah Juel Werner (117 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt **** See review.
Director: Amanda Micheli. With Zoe Bell, Jeannie Epper, Lucy Lawless, Quentin Tarantino. (81 min.)
Sterritt *** Entertaining documentary about stuntwomen who do risky business for a living, standing in for everyone from "Xena: Warrior Princess" to Uma Thurman in the "Kill Bill" movies. They had to leap, plunge, and crash into a male-dominated profession, and the movie shows how family and sheer derring-do have helped them along the way.
Director: Hal Hartley. With Sabrina Lloyd, Bill Sage, Tatiana Abracos, James Urbaniak. (84 min.)
Sterritt *** One of the few truly independent filmmakers with an ongoing career, Hartley dives into science-fiction allegory with this story about a future when consumerism is the law and counterrevolutionaries want to fight it any way they can. There's heavy influence from the "Brave New World" brand of dystopian fantasy, but engaging performances and a stylized visual approach lend it originality.
Director: Jaume Serra. With Elisha Cuthbert, Jared Padalecki, Paris Hilton, Chad Michael Murray. (105 min.)
Sterritt *** This remake of the 1953 horror classic, minus Vincent Price and the 3-D effects, brings a group of college kids to a haunted town where wax rules, along with terror, derangement, and other nasty things. As a frightfest it's better than today's average.
Director: Ridley Scott. With Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, David Thewlis, Jeremy Irons. (138 min.)
Sterritt ** See review.
Director: Chris Kennedy. With John Howard, Alyssa McClelland, Gyton Grantley, Rebecca Frith. (94 min.)
Sterritt ** A young Australian woman feuds with her somewhat shady father as he sets arbitrary household rules, resists her marriage plans, and worst of all, reads her diary! McClelland is a joy to watch, even when the story strains too hard for lovable whimsy, which happens much too often.
Director: Gregg Araki. With Brady Corbet, Elisabeth Shue, Bill Sage, Joseph Gordon Levitt. (99 min.)
Sterritt **** Two young men cope with the indelible scars of homosexual abuse they suffered as children. This thoughtful, troubling drama is leagues above the sensationalistic stuff Araki peddled in earlier films. Be strongly warned that it's extremely candid about its disturbing subject.
Director: Pola Rapaport. With Dominique Aury, John de St. Jorre, Catherine Mouchet, Barney Rosset. (80 min.)
Sterritt *** Documentary, with reenacted portions, about the French writer (Aury) who revealed herself late in life as the author of "Story of O," the well-known erotic novel. Touching and sentimental. In English and French with subtitles.
Director: Nigel Cole. With Ashton Kutcher, Amanda Peet, Kathryn Hahn, Kal Penn. (107 min.)