The latest collaboration between star Russell Crowe and director Ridley Scott starts with several loose strands, including England's King Richard the Lionheart (Danny Huston) trying to fight off the French; Richard's younger brother, Prince John (Oscar Isaac), plotting to take the throne; and Marion (Cate Blanchett), whose husband is off fighting in Richard's army, struggling to keep her farm together. Tying it all together is the conflict between a vengeful Robin Longstride (Crowe), an archer in Richard's army, and double-dealing nobleman Sir Godfrey (Mark Strong) who has allied himself with both Prince John and the French but needs to get upstart Robin out of the way to get what he wants. This slickly enjoyable effort sports some arresting visuals, a sense of rough-hewn realism missing from most productions of Robin Hood, and some notable performances, especially in the supporting roles. But it also doesn't stick in the memory much after the lights go up.
The Secret in Their Eyes, which won this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, tells the story of a lawyer trying to solve a decades-old rape and murder. The film explores romantic obsession with sympathy and intelligence.
Ondine, directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), stars Colin Farrell as an Irish fisherman who catches a beautiful woman in his nets. This is a modern-day twist on a fairy tale, with moments of sunny magic but grounded in a darker reality.