Written and directed by Jane Weinstock

Magic Lamp, opens November 26

After falling off a roof and recovering from the subsequent coma, promiscuous advertising expert Jamie (Marguerite Moreau) decides she needs 90 days and 90 nights of celibacy to ponder life’s big questions (as in: who to sleep with when the vow expires). “I think I want to know the guy before I take my clothes off next time,” she declares. But who to choose—the sultry poetry professor (Naveen Andrews) fond of writing love poems on Jamie’s cast (sample verse: “If I can’t heal your arm, I’ll keep you in my heart”)? Or the nervous but friendly cable talk-show host (Brian F. O’Byrne) who, as a gesture of kindness, gives Jamie’s pet turtle an enema? Long before the interminable hands-free cell phone conversations cease, long before Jamie learns that the romantic woes of one attractive, privileged, intellectually overreaching acupuncture enthusiast don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world, the viewer may feel like that turtle. BEN KENIGSBERG


Directed by Joanne Medvecky

November 26 through December 2, Village East

A loving and thoroughly researched, if technically unsophisticated, tribute to St. Nicholas Church on Avenue A in the East Village, Legacy of Faith traces the Orthodox parish’s history from the farms of 19th-century Carpatho-Russia, through Ellis Island and the Depression, to the prosperity of the 700-guest gala weddings its parishioners throw today, home cooking and all. It is any immigrant population’s story, but director Medvecky, a member of the parish, lacks the distance to connect her brethrens’ plight to greater American history, culture, or character. The film, like its clan of fond worshippers, is tough to penetrate—not because we’re not welcome, but because the insiders are too enamored of their community’s considerable achievements to reach out. KRIS WILTON