Broken English:In this romantic comedy, Parker Posey gives a lovely performance as a single mid-30s Manhattanite looking for Prince Charming. First-time filmmaker Zoe Cassavetes finds depths of characterization in otherwise throwaway moments.
- MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN
The Lives of Others: At once sad and thrilling, this film shows us what it was like to live in the former German Democratic Republic under the constant surveillance of the secret police. Ulrich Mühe plays a nearly robotic Stasi agent whose ideological fervor starts to fade while eavesdropping on the country's leading playwright (Sebastian Koch).
- KENT WILLIAMS