THE JEWISH CARDINAL

BioPic about Aaron Lustiger (born in France to Jewish refugee parents in 1926), who converted to Catholicism, rose rapidly thru the church hierarchy & became a key advisor to Pope Jean Paul II. The first half may be weighed down by exposition, but once Aaron Lustiger–now calling himself Jean-Marie Lustiger–faces off against Carmelite nuns who start…

DESERT RIDERS

Harrowing documentary–directed by Vic Sarin and penned by Noemi Weis–focuses on attempts by human rights activists to reunite boys smuggled to Persian Gulf countries to work as jockeys in high end camel races. To keep the minimum weight on the camels when they race, the boys are ensnared by human traffickers (who are often relatives…

THE GERMAN DOCTOR

Fascinating Argentine drama about Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele (“the Angel of Death”) imagines an upscale post-Auschwitz life for him in the Andean resort of Bariloche until Israelis capture Eichmann & Mengele flees to Paraguay. All the while, he continues his nefarious “experiments,” finding ideal subjects in teenage Lilith & her mother Eva (pregnant with…

AUTHORS ANONYMOUS

Egos clash when one of the members of a writing group has sudden success. Alas, this potentially funny premise is badly bungled. Weighed down by stereotypical characters none of the talented cast members have room to grow, altho Dennis Farina (in his final film role) does have a few moments as a guy who decides…

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A FRAGILE TRUST

NYC-Shout Out: A Fragile Trust opens tomorrow (4/11/14) at the Quad Cinema on 13th Street just south of Union Station. Q&A sessions are planned all weekend with Samantha Grant & other guests. Click here for times & ticket information. ************************* Full Title = A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times *************************…