If you squint, the Narnian ruins resemble Middle Earth's Helms Deep after battle. The gallant Pevensie siblings recall the Harry Potter crew. And Reepicheep, a swashbuckling mouse, possesses a giant ego in inverse proportion to his tiny frame - just like Shrek's rakish Puss'n'Boots.
One waves a red flag, banner of communism. The other wears a black shirt, symbol of fascism. The ideological battles of 1960s Italy pits brother against brother in Daniele Luchetti's freewheeling seriocomedy, My Brother Is an Only Child. (Though it shares a similar title and era, the film has no relation to Jack Douglas' off-the-wall humor collection of 1959.)
Philadelphia's most radiant movie star is Lior Liebling, subject of the poignant and profound documentary Praying With Lior. On its surface, Ilana Trachtman's film is a deceptively simple portrait of how a young man's faith illuminates his family and community. On reflection, it is also a complex account of difference and acceptance, of the emotionally fraught journey from grief into joy.
Carrie Rickey was born in L.A. around the time the Jennifer Jones/Laurence Olivier movie Carrie hit screens. Hence her name. Since then she's seen more than 12,000 films without losing her love of movies -- or wordplay. But don't envy her job too much. She has to sit through the likes of Battlefield Earth just so she can warn you not to.