THE ATTACK

Professionally successful & fully accepted by his Israeli friends, a prominent Palestinian surgeon (Ali Suliman) is shocked when his wife (Reymond Amsalem) chooses terrorism instead & dies as a suicide bomber. Leaving the now cold comfort of their home, Amin travels back in space & time to search for answers on the West Bank. So…

ALIYAH

With his life on a downward trajectory, “Alex” (Pio Marmai) considers leaving Paris to work for a cousin in Tel Aviv. Kept us guessing what would happen next right up to the very end. Rich thought the screenplay (co-written by director Elie Wajeman with Gaëlle Macé) got a bit overstuffed, but Jan was totally hooked. For non-Jews…

AMERICAN MARY

Medical student develops a lucrative practice doing extreme plastic surgery. Soska Sisters want to address body image & medical ethics, plus gender roles & male domination. But while Katharine Isabelle is very good as “Mary,” cheesy production values & terrible acting by her male co-stars doom her best efforts. (JLH: 3/5) Click HERE for our…

ARTHUR NEWMAN

Unbelievably excruciating film by first time director Dante Ariola based on a screenplay by Becky Johnson. Colin Firth as “Arthur” intends to create a fresh start for himself, but then he picks up damaged girl (Emily Blunt in faux Audrey Hepburn mode) as a traveling companion. Egregious waste of time & talent. Click HERE for FF2…

ADMISSION

Tina Fey plays a Dartmouth grad who becomes a Princeton admissions officer, so if you have no Ivy League sympathies then stay away. Promoted as a RomCom, this is actually a fairly serious meditation on who gets to determine who is “the best” in the winner-take-all culture of 21st Century America. Screenplay by Karen Croner…

AUGUSTINE

French director Alice Winocour dazzles with her first feature, a scrupulously researched dramatization of a real case from the early days of psychiatry. Lindon plays French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot & Soko plays his “hysterical” patient Augustine, a young woman prone to paralytic attacks & flamboyant seizures. Makes David Cronenberg’s recent film A Dangerous Method look even…

ALBERT NOBBS

A labor of love based on a novella by George Moore: Abused orphan makes her living as a male waiter in an exclusive Edwardian hotel. Glenn Close buries herself in the lead role, allowing others in her superb cast to shine (especially Janet McTeer as Albert’s confidante as well as Mia Wasikowska & Aaron Johnson…