Director: Clint Eastwood. With Clint Eastwood, Anjelica Huston, Jeff Daniels. (115 min.)
Sterritt *** See review.
Director: Derek Jarman. With Nigel Terry, Tilda Swinton, Sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane. (93 min.)
Sterritt *** This color-filled 1986 biopic looks at the legendary 17th-century painter through the eyes of a filmmaker long fascinated by art, cultural history, and sexual adventuring. It's often beautiful to watch, although it's more interested in visual style than philosophical depth. Jarman's most far-reaching ideas are on better display in films like "The Last of England" and "Blue."
Director: Miguel Arteta. With Jennifer Aniston, John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tim Blake Nelson. (93 min.)
Sterritt **** What's a well-meaning young woman to do when she's stuck in a miserable marriage, a tedious town, and a boring job, and the only chance for escape is a love affair she can't bring herself to resist? Aniston and Reilly give the best of many excellent performances. A few plotty scenes aside, this quietly directed drama paints a sensitive, sympathetic portrait of modern malaise, and has a smart sense of humor as a bonus.
Director: Babak Payami. With Nassim Abdi, Cyrus Abidi, Youssef Habashi, Gholbahar Janghali. (105 min.)
Sterritt **** On a remote island in the Persian Gulf, a young woman combs the countryside for people to cast votes in the ballot box she carries with her, accompanied by a grumpy soldier who like many of the folks they run across knows this is all very important but isn't quite certain what elections are for. Payami's gentle comedy captures a subtle range of human feelings through a quietly inventive visual style that embodies the best life-affirming tendencies of modern Iranian film. In Farsi with English subtitles.
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