• "For Greater Glory" is a heavy-handed historical epic, centering on the Cristeros War - when Catholic rebels fought the socialist Mexican government in the 1920s. The hammy performances (led by Andy Garcia) and cartoonish characters make this one a chore to watch.
• "Battlefield America" is a drama set in an underground hip-hop dance competition. It was not screened for local critics.
• "Crooked Arrows" is an inspirational sports drama, about a Native American high school lacrosse team (coached by Brandon Routh, from "Superman Returns") competing in a prep-school league tourney. It also wasn't screened for critics.
On the art-house list, the highlight is "Headhunters," a gritty and sometimes wacked-out thriller from Norway. It centers on Roger (Aksel Hennie), a corporate consultant who moonlights as an art thief to bring in the cash to keep his trophy wife (Synnøve Macody Lund) happy. Then he meets a CEO candidate (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, from "Game of Thrones") who's as sneaky as he is.
"Virginia" is the directing debut of screenwriter Dustin Lance Black ("Milk," "J. Edgar"), and it's a trippy piece of Southern melodrama about a mentally unstable woman (Jennifer Connelly) having a yearslong affair with a married Mormon sheriff (Ed Harris). The movie gets downright loopy at times, and the tone shifts are jarring. (Black, by the way, is in Salt Lake City this weekend - as grand marshal of the Utah Pride Parade. Read the Cricket's interview with him.)
Lastly, there's "The Salt of Life," a pokey musing on love and lust by Italian writer-director Gianni di Gregorio - who plays the lead character, Gianni, a retiree who feels invisible to the women in his life. Di Gregorio doesn't bring nearly the charm he displayed in his last movie, "Mid-August Lunch," and the episodic story goes nowhere.