Adam (pictured) is an unusual romantic comedy starring Hugh Dancy as a man with Asperger syndrome, a mild form of autism, who develops a relationship with his new neighbor (Rose Byrne). It has a 70% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, including my own Cinematical review from Sundance, where I wrote: "This isn't some cheesy TV movie about a wise "special needs" person who teaches life lessons to those around him.... It's a simple, light comedy with dramatic underpinnings, and a pleasant way to spend an evening." Now playing in New York and L.A.
The Cove, another Sundance alumnus, is already one of the year's most acclaimed documentaries, with a 94% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes. It's about a cove in Japan where thousands of dolphins are slaughtered every year for shady reasons, and it plays out like a thriller. Cinematical's Scott Weinberg called it "brutally honest and effortlessly fascinating" and "easily one of the most powerful, heartfelt, and ... important 'nature' documentaries I've ever seen." Playing in New York and L.A.
Thirst comes from the twisted mind of South Korea's Park Chan-wook (Oldboy), and it involves vampires! It gets thumbs-up from 81% of critics at Rotten Tomatoes (and one of the thumbs-downs is from clown-shoe Armond White, who generally chooses the opposite opinion just to be different). The consensus: bloody, melodramatic, erotic, and thrilling. Playing in San Francisco, L.A., and New York.
Flame & Citron, from Denmark, is a true story about Danish espionage during World War II. At Rotten Tomatoes, it's at 81% positive. Only in New York for now, but it'll expand soon.
Not Quite Hollywood is a raucous documentary about the wild and woolly days of grindhouse filmmaking in Australia in the 1970s. A whopping 97% of critics at Rotten Tomatoes approve. Movie buffs, Australiaphiles, and fans of underground filmmaking will find it particularly interesting. Playing in New York and L.A.
Lorna's Silence, by the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, is a thriller about an Albanian woman living in Belgium who must marry a Russian mafioso in order to gain citizenship. It's another success -- what a great week for indie films! -- with 84% of critics praising it at Rotten Tomatoes. In L.A. and New York.