Director: David Mackenzie. With Ian McKellen, Natasha Richardson, Marton Csokas, Hugh Bonneville. (90 min.)
Sterritt *** A psychiatrist's wife falls in love with a dangerously demented mental patient. Patrick McGrath's novel provides a solid and suspenseful story, even if it loses much of its bite in Mackenzie's hands. By David Sterritt
Director: Terry Gilliam. With Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci, Jonathan Pryce. (120 min.)
Sterritt **** The literary siblings are portrayed as clever con artists who bilk superstitious peasants by exorcizing bogus monsters - until a real threat challenges their courage as well as their improvisational skills. Gilliam has rarely been more inventive, energetic, or just plain funny. - D.S.
Director: Olivier Assayas. With Maggie Cheung, Nick Nolte, Béatrice Dalle, Don McKellar. (110 min.)
Sterritt **** A woman with a drugged-up past seeks to put her life in order and regain regular contact with her little boy. Can a misguided adult start afresh with a new set of values and priorities? This ambitious drama, directed by one of France's most resourceful filmmakers, explores that crucial question in depth and detail. In English and French and Cantonese with subtitles. - D.S.
Director: Lutz Hachmeister. With historical footage, voices of Kenneth Branagh, Udo Samel. (104 min.)
Sterritt *** Documentary about the Nazi era as seen by the party's propaganda genius. Informative and illuminating. In German with subtitles. - D.S.
Director: Art Jones. With Victor Argo, John Hoyt, Gordon Joseph Weiss, Jordan Lage. (81 min.)