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A WOMAN IN BERLIN 4 stars (Not rated) A German patriot (Nina Hoss) witnesses and endures brutal treatment at the hands of the Russian army during the occupation of Berlin in the final throes of World War II. Based on a controversial memoir published in 1959 by an author known only as "Anonyma," A Woman in Berlin captures the moral complexities of war-time atrocities, as Hoss's character and the other German citizens suffer from treatment comparable to what the Germans inflicted on the Jews and Russian citizens. Though the film occasionally makes for difficult viewing, it's an undeniably powerful work. – Holman

WORLD'S GREATEST DAD 3 stars (R) Two former madcap comedians - director Bobcat Goldthwait and star Robin Williams - defy expectations in this strong, controlled dark satire about a would-be author and high school teacher (Williams) saddled by a sullen teenage son (Daryl Sabara, now unrecognizable from the Spy Kids movies). In a high school-set spoof reminiscent of Election and Heathers, the film skewers society's manufactured heroism, and Williams suppresses his usual shtick to offer a compelling portrait of quiet desperation. - Holman

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