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The Holy Girl (R)

Director: Lucrecia Martel. With Mercedes Morán, Carlos Belloso, Marìa Alche, Mia Maèstro. (106 min.)

Sterritt **** Smart, subtle drama about an Argentine teenager who tries to reconcile her sincere religious questions with the temptations of worldly life, complicated by her odd relationship with a sexually impulsive physician in town for a medical conference. Superbly cast, evocatively directed.

Kicking & Screaming (PG)

Director: Jesse Dylan. With Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Kate Walsh, Mike Ditka. (90 min.)

Sterritt *** Ferrell plays a soccer dad who coaches a preteen squad with his klutzy son as a member and his hotly competitive father (Duvall) determined to lead his own team to the championship. Some scenes are just silly, others are dead-on uproarious. Ditka, a real-life football legend, is a real find as our hero's assistant.

Kings and Queen (Not rated)

Director: Arnaud Desplechin. With Emmanuelle Devos, Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric. (150 min.)

Sterritt **** See review.

Mad Hot Ballroom (PG)

Director: Marilyn Agrelo. With New York City public school pupils. (110 min.)

Sterritt ** Documentary about New York preteens learning ballroom dancing in a public school program. Many moviegoers will swoon over the young folks' earnest efforts to learn gracefulness and sociability. But at heart this is a cuteness exploitation flick.

Ma Mére (NC-17)

Director: Christophe Honore. With Isabelle Huppert, Louis Garrel, Joana Preiss, Emma de Caunes. (110 min.)

Sterritt ** A young man joins some wild women, including his widowed mother, in debauchery. Based on a novel by French provocateur Georges Bataille, an important thinker whose fiction rarely translates into good cinema. In French with subtitles.

Monster-in-Law (PG-13)

Director: Robert Luketic. With Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Vartan, Adam Scott. (102 min.)


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