Director: John Irvin. With Phil Barantini, Andrea Corr, Patrick Bergin, Margi Clarke. (90 min.)
Sterritt *** Brits travel to Ireland in hopes of winning a traditional-music contest. Lots of lively tunes and spirited acting.
Director: Sergio Castellitto. With Sergio Castellitto, Penélope Cruz, Claudia Gerini, Pietro De Silva. (125 min.)
Sterritt ** Cruz transforms her glamorous image remarkably, playing a working-class Italian woman who gets sexually involved with a married physician. The story wants to be a sort of "Last Tango in Paris" redux, but it falls into mere melodrama after a brilliant beginning. In Italian with subtitles.
Director: Florent Siri. With Bruce Willis, Michelle Horn, Kevin Pollak, Serena Scott Thomas (113 min.)
Sterritt ** Newly arrived in the job of a small-town sheriff, a former hostage negotiator faces two awful situations at once. He has to rescue youngsters held by thugs in a fortified house and also save his own family from kidnappers. The action is dynamically filmed and Willis is at his best. Suspense is soon hijacked by outright gore and grisliness, though.
Director: John Boorman. With Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche, Brendan Gleeson, Menzi "Ngubs" Ngubane. (104 min.)
Sterritt *** Jackson plays a skeptical American journalist covering Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings after the fall of apartheid in South Africa, where he meets a white South African writer (Binoche) who hopes the proceedings will help her country heal. Boorman treats this moving, important subject with restraint, tact, and candid views of horrors suffered by the nation. In English and Afrikaans with subtitles.
Director: Danny Boyle. With Alexander Nathan Etel, Lewis Owen McGibbon, James Nesbitt, Jane Hogarth. (97 min.)
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