Bright Star (pictured) comes from writer/director Jane Campion, best known for her Oscar-winning screenplay for The Piano. (She got a director nomination for that, too.) Bright Star tells the true story of 19th-century romance between poet John Keats and one Fanny Brawne, played by Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish. It has an 87% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. It's playing on about 20 screens in New York, L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Dallas.
The Burning Plain is the feature directorial debut by Guillermo Arriaga, who wrote Babel, 21 Grams, and Amores Perros. Once again he favors the fractured timeline and multiple stories; however, this time the result isn't being met with much praise. Only 36% of the reviews are positive; Cinematical's Kim Voynar, reviewing it at Toronto last year, was pretty lukewarm about it. The performances by Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger are getting some good notices, though.
Paris is a sort of love letter to that city, a series of vignettes about loosely connected characters who wander into each other's lives. Juliette Binoche is probably the most recognizable member of the large ensemble cast. The writer and director is Cedric Klapisch, who made L'auberge Espagnole. The reviews so far as mixed but mostly positive, with 67% approving. Playing in New York and L.A., and on some On Demand systems.
Disgrace stars John Malkovich as a college professor in South Africa who has an affair with a mixed-race student, leading to controversy and scandal. It's based on a highly acclaimed novel by J.M. Coetzee. The reviews are extremely positive, 88% of them praising the film's handling of the intense themes, and Malkovich's performance in particular. It's playing in New York now, expanding next week.
Dil Bole Hadippa is a Bollywood film, which means comedy, music, dancing, and cricket. No reviews are up yet, but you probably know what you're in for if you like that sort of thing. It's on about 15 screens in the greater New York and L.A. areas, plus Austin and a few places in New Jersey.