Amok (Lawrence Fajardo) ***1/2 -(See review below)
The Honeymoon Killers (Leonard Kastle) *** - This is a low-budget black comedy/thriller/love story based on the true story of the Lonely Hearts Killers who robbed and killed as many as 20 women during the 1940's. The tone is all over the place shifting from borderline campy dark comedy and straight-up thriller and it doesn't always work. In other words, the parts are better than the whole. However, the performances of the two leads, Shirley Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco, are pretty great and holds your attention althroughout and the film does contain lots of great moments.
Captain America: The First Avenger (Joe Johnston) *** - I always thought that a Captain America movie would be tricky to pull off. In the wrong hands, it would come off as overly jingoistic, red-state, flag-waving type of film. But placing the character in World War II is a good move that perfectly justifies the character in a very tasteful way. The result is a very entertaining, well-made Americana/World War II film with a superhero in it. In a way, it also feels like an Indiana Jones movie as well and it's a better Indiana Jones movie than The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Missing (Costa-Gavras) ***1/2 - The film is the true story of the search of the father and wife of an American journalist who disappeared during the U.S. government-sponsored Chilean coup in 1973. Jack Lemmon gives a simply magnificent performance as a father, who despite their differences, simply wants his son back. It's a very human and beautiful performance which trascends the political thriller/intrigue angle of the film which fades into the background but is always present. It's not a perfect film; but Lemmon's performance sells it for me.