Director: Pawel Pawlikowski. With Natalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine, Dean Andrews. (85 min.)
Sterritt **** Fierce friendship blossoms between two lonely teenage girls alienated from their dysfunctional English families, one damaged by adultery, the other by religious zealotry. Superbly acted, movingly written, and directed with a tough-minded lyricism rarely found in today's films. A summer movie to love.
Director: Mark Rosman. With Hilary Duff, Chris Noth, Heather Locklear, Carson Kressley. (96 min.)
Sterritt * A teenage girl tries to comfort her lonely single mom by cooking up a fictitious male admirer who sends flowers, e-mails, and the like. Repetitious teen-targeted fluff.
Director: Andrew Wagner. With Judy Wagner, Allen Wagner, Emily Wagner, Maggie Wagner. (100 min.)
Sterritt *** Wagner directs members of his own family playing characters just like them on a cross-country drive. This isn't a movie, it's a thingamajig - frequently as off-putting as can be, but unassailably one of a kind.
Director: Werner Herzog. With the Dalai Lama, Buddhist pilgrims in India and Austria. (80 min.)
Sterritt **** The legendary German filmmaker visits Buddhist initiation ceremonies in northern India and Graz, Austria, attempting to capture their inner spirituality through the outward signs his equipment can capture. Riveting and unique.