Meet the Fockers: "The craphouse family movie of the year" (to quote Cinema Minima's Andre Soares) recently became the highest-grossing live-action comedy in movie history. What's there to like? Two why-the-hell-not? performances from Dusty and Babs. Not so good? The below-the-Borscht-Belt punchlines can be spotted a mile away. A double feature of Tootsie and Funny Girl would make for a more laugh-productive evening.
Birth: A cold, psychological drama about a woman sufffering from a crippling fear of intimacy, and the 10-year-old-boy who claims he's the reincarnation of her long-dead husband? Hmmm...let's market it as a Nicole Kidman movie and see what happens...
House of Flying Daggers: Zhang Zimou's second tour-de-force to hit North America in one year (the first was the long-shelved-by-Miramax Hero) is visually stunning and not a little jaw dropping. Certainly *not* for just the martial-arts fluent.
Primer: This complex neo-sci-fi-thriller, written and directed by and starring Shane Carruth, won last year's Sundance Grand Jury Prize.