Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. Unexpectedly gripping courtroom drama, starring, co-written and co-directed by Ronit Elkabetz, as an Israeli woman who goes before the rabbinical court to seek a divorce from her devout, oppressive husband. Shot in intense close-up, the better to study the emotions burning in the characters' eyes, the film is all talk and gesture, but it takes your breath away like a chase movie, a suspense film.

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What We Do in the Shadows. From Eagle vs. Shark and Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, a mockumentary about four vampires who share a house in Wellington, New Zealand, and argue over whose turn it is to do the dishes. Cheerfully horrific, and there's even a gang of werewolves to contend with. No MPAA rating

Wild Tales. Six vignettes about people on their best behavior: out for vengeance and out of control. Madly entertaining and just plain mad, from Argentinian director Damián Szifrón, and one of this year's foreign-language Oscar nominees. R