Here’s TOH’s weekend preview of the mainstream box office contenders. And for the smart-movie demo, here’s a look at the weekend’s new indie and foreign language offerings, from Bertrand Tavernier’s The Princess of Montpensier (gorgeous, as pictured) and Danish war documentaryArmadillo, to Italy’s Oscar submission The First Beautiful Thing and the France/Belgium/Chad co-production A Screaming Man, which indieWIRE’s Eric Kohn calls Divine.
Less well-embraced are Robert Redford’s The Conspirator (Caryn James defends it here), despite its fine cast, and a widely excoriated adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.
The Princess of Montpensier, IFC (France)
Dir: Bertrand Tavernier; Cast: Melanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Gaspard Ulliel | 76% Metacritic | 82% Tomatometer | B indieWIRE, plus Gaspard Ulliel Interview.
The First Beautiful Thing, Palisades Tartan (Offical Italian Oscar Entry)
Dir: Paolo Virzi; Cast: Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudia Pandolfi | 62% Metacritic | 83% Tomatometer | Official site.
Armadillo, Lorber Films (Denmark, Documentary)
Director: Janus Metz | TotalFilm says “there’s no denying the power of the images director Janus Metz Pedersen has captured.” | 75% Metacritic | 88% Tomatometer | B+
A Screaming Man, Film Movement (France/Belgium/Chad)
Dir: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun; Cast: Emile Abossolo M’bo, Youssouf Djaoro, Dioucounda Koma, Djeneba Kone, Hadje Fatime N’Goua | 73% Metacritic | 80% Tomatometer | B indieWIRE, Eric Kohn calls this Cannes Jury Prize winner Divine.