Like an episode of "Sesame Street" scripted by Luis Bunuel and helmed by Jacques Tati, "Rumba" turns dark tragedy into deadpan comedy through a series of surreal G-rated gags.
The searing intensity of "To Take a Wife" turns into overly diffused heat in Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz's follow-up family drama "The Seven Days."
Radu Muntean uses his cool yet sympathetically observational eye to chart the distance between a responsible family man and his long-lost buddies.
Performances and direction, rather than the yards of inconclusive dialogue, are what keep Arnaud Desplechin's "A Christmas Tale" from curdling in its own juices.
"Tyson" is James Toback's revelatory closeup look at the tumultuous life of the former heavyweight champ.