One of the most anticipated independent releases of the past year is Karyn Kusama's Girlfight
, which shared the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance (with Ken Lonergan's You Can Count on Me
, opening late this fall). It's an ass-kicking, heart-breaking, star-making turn for lead Michelle Rodriguez, who plays a Latina boxer in New York City... In Jenniphr Goodman's The Tao of Steve
, Dex is an oafish grade school teacher whose grand theories on love and sex make him a hit with the ladies. Donal Logue won the best actor award at Sundance... A British boy defies his blue-collar father by taking ballet in Stephen Daldry's Cannes crowdpleaser Billy Elliott
... The Yards,
James Gray's crime thriller about New York City's subway yards, boasts a cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, James Caan, and Faye Dunaway... Two-Family House
follows a disgruntled father who is a legend in his own mind. Raymond DeFillitta's writing/ directing debut won the Audience Award at Sundance... The Eyes of Tammy Faye
peers into the woman behind the most famous mascaraed lashes in history.