By Alan Scherstuhl
By Charles Taylor
By Melissa Anderson
By Inkoo Kang
By Amy Nicholson
By Sam Weisberg
By Stephanie Zacharek
By Chuck Wilson
The GlowOne of the most philosophical of Israeli directors, Igal Bursztyn turns a comedy of manners into a science fiction allegory, predicated on the arrival of an alien presence. Among other attractions, The Glow features Israeli performance artist Tinkerbell in the role of a middle-aged ex-general's trophy girlfriend. March 31 and April 1 (JH)
Wild BerriesWith the exception of the long-suffering daughter, everyone lies, for all too transparent reasons, in Japanese first-timer Miwa Nishikawa's mild wacky-family riff. As in Time Out, Dad keeps his unemployment a secret, but his cover is blown at granddad's wake, where the estranged son, now scamming funeral parlors, re-enters the picture, offering to put his parents' finances in order. March 31 and April 1 (DL)
Black Tape: The Videotape Fariborz Kam-kari Found in the GarbageThe subtitle spells out the Blair Witch-y premise. In choppy, motion-sick fragments, a camcorder records the intensifying mind games between a Kurdish teen bride and her monstrous Iranian husband. There are plenty of harrowing moments in Fariborz Kamkari's first featuresome more oblique than othersbut as a conceptual stunt, it has curiously little regard for structural integrity. March 31 and April 1 (DL)
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