Sterritt **A young Chinese-American gives birth to a daughter who grows up in New York and then meets her mother years afterward, while she's also coping with the highly traditional grandmother who raised her and who's not crazy about her African-American boyfriend. Well made, nice performances, very slowly paced.
Directors: Michael Tucker, Petra Epperlein. With American soldiers in Baghdad. (86 min.)
Sterritt **** Documentary giving a grunt's-eye view of the Iraq war. Illuminating, disturbing, evenhanded.
Director: Carlos Sorin. With Antonio Benedicti, Javiera Bravo, Javier Lombardo, Julia Solomonoff. (92 min.)
Sterritt **** Three interwoven stories set among southern Argentina's poor - a young mother who wins a spot on a TV game show, an elderly peasant looking for his runaway dog, and a small-time businessman hoping to impress a woman with a birthday cake for her child. Gentle, humanistic, delicious. In Spanish with subtitles.
Director: John Maybury. With Adrien Brody, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kris Kristofferson, Keira Knightley. (102 min.)
Sterritt *** See review.
Director: Eytan Fox. With Lior Ashkenazi, Caroline Peters, Knut Berger, Gideon Shemer. (105 min.)
Sterritt *** Assigned to track down a former Nazi who's now an elderly and elusive target, an Israeli agent infiltrates his family by becoming friendly with his grown grandchildren, leading to emotional complications all around. Compassionate and marvelously acted, although a subplot about the gay grandson slows the story down for a while. In English, Hebrew, and German, with subtitles.
Director: Brian Levant. With Ice Cube, Nia Long, Jay Mohr, Aleisha Allen. (95 min.)
Sterritt ** You may ask yourself that question as you watch a kid-phobic man take a road trip with the kids of a single mom he wants to woo. Cube is cute and Long is lovely, but the youngsters are too smug to bear. At least there's a heartwarming end to the excursion.