By Stephanie Zacharek
By Simon Abrams
By Michelle Orange
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Nick Schager
By Amy Nicholson
By The Invisible Woman
By I Used to Be Darker
After spending most of his life in prison for a notorious crime, a young man (Andrew Garfield) adjusts to life on the outside.
In a film reported to be heavier on character development than psycho-terror, two couples in a remote cabin are being watched by a potential killer. Oddly, this is a mumblecore movie (by the brothers Duplass).
Henry Poole Is Here
A dying man (Luke Wilson) is forced to face his religious beliefs when his neighbors begin to see Christ's face in a stain on the side of his house.
Although it's probably the last film people would have expected him to helm, rock star Fred Durst makes his directorial debut with the true story of the teenage girl who became the first female to play on a Pop Warner football team. Akeelah and the Bee's Keke Palmer stars, with Ice Cube as the coach.
Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America
Two Vikings lost in eleventh-century North America attempt to survive and then rebuild, while struggling to overcome their instinct toward war. Features very little dialogue and a reportedly intense rock soundtrack. Headbangers take notice.
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
A sex-addicted con artist (Sam Rockwell), his deranged mother (Anjelica Huston), and a recovering chronic masturbator (Brad Henke) populate Clark Gregg's adaptation of Chuck "Fight Club" Palahniuk's novel.
Ben Kingsley is a womanizing English professor who's slowly come unraveled by his obsessive affair with a student (Penelope Cruz). Based on a novella by Philip Roth, with Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson.
A love-it-or-loathe-it film from Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) about a thirteen-year-old Lebanese-American girl (Summer Bushil) who encounters racism and sexual abuse when she moves to Houston. With Aaron Eckhart.
STUDY ABROAD: The summer in foreign film
The Unknown Woman
Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore's complex thriller about a Ukrainian woman (Kseniya Rappoport) with a tragic past but questionable motives who insinuates herself into the life of a young Italian family.
This recent foreign film Oscar nominee recounts the early years of Genghis Khan, the mighty twelfth-century warrior and conqueror of all he surveyed.
Elsa & Fred
The Last Mistress
Director and provocateur Catherine Breillat (Fat Girl) heads to nineteenth-century France, where a young nobleman (Fu'ad Ait Aattou) tries to shake his obsession with his longtime mistress (Asia Argento, 2008's most prolific actress).
Tell No One
A Girl Cut in Two
Reportedly inspired by the 1906 murder of New York architect Stanford White, this thriller by French director Claude Chabrol concerns a TV reporter (Ludivine Sagnier) torn between two charismatic and possibly treacherous men (Benoit Magimel and François Berleand).
JUST THE FACTS: The summer in docs
Bigger, Stronger, Faster
The war over steroids in sports, as experienced by filmmaker Christopher Bell and his pro-wrestler and pro-lifter brothers, both unapologetic juicers.
Encounters at the End of the World
Chris & Don: A Love Story
Utilizing his signature mix of silent film, animation and delightfully weird melodrama, Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin composes a love letter to his Canadian home town.
The Sky Turns
After 35 years away, filmmaker Mercedes Alvarez returns to the tiny Spanish village where she was the very last child to be born.
Gunnin' for That #1 Spot
This tribute to blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Roman Holiday, Johnny Got His Gun) written by his playwright son, Christopher, features readings by Joan Allen, Kirk and Michael Douglas and Paul Giamatti.
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