Director: InCounter Productions. With Sinan Antoon, assorted Iraqi citizens. (103 min.)
Sterritt **** Harrowing, informative, conscientiously balanced documentary about the social, cultural, and economic welfare of Baghdad and environs after Saddam Hussein's fall. It's hard to decide which are more saddening - the film's accounts of torture and oppression under the Hussein regime or the evidence of tragedy and privation under American occupation. In English and Arabic with subtitles
Director: Christophe Barratier. With Gérard Jugnot, Marie Bunel, François Berléand. (97 min.)
Sterritt *** In the late 1940s, a failed musician grudgingly takes a job at a school for difficult boys and uses his musical gifts to engage and uplift them. Extremely goodhearted, if not exactly original or exciting. Based on the 1945 musical "La Cage aux rossignols." In French with subtitles
Director: Thomas Carter. With Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti, Robert Richard, Gwen McGee. (136 min.)
Sterritt ** Fact-based story of a high-school basketball coach who demands a great deal - some feel far too much - of the hard-boiled kids who play on his team. The movie's moral messages are all on target. Too bad the movie is much, much too long and Jackson gives one of his dullest performances ever.
Director: Luchino Visconti. With Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Pierre Clémente. (183 min.)
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