The Rails intrepid movie reporter Galen Williams is known for attending as many as three films a day, acting as the sacrificial lamb who separates out the sleepers from the cinematic lemons for the rest of us. Late this fall, she braved the Ugg Boots and cashmere ponchos cluttering the Hamptons Film Festival to check out what proved to be a surprisingly progressive lineup, including a bevy of documentaries and foreign imports. Many of these films are just now hitting theaters, or will be this spring; what follows is her mini-mosaic of what to look out for, and what to avoid. Film editor Lisa Rosman also contributes her two cents.
Criterions Rebel Samurai box set features four gripping entries in the genre, all depicting men challenged by unscrupulous hierarchies struggling for power: Sword of the Beast; Samurai Spy; Samurai Rebellion; Kill!