Pick of the week: “Crystal Fairy”: My full review is here. Michael Cera is very un-Bluth-like as a drug tourist in Chile, obsessed with finding a rare cactus that can be turned into a powerful hallucinogenic. Dragging his Chilean friends along the way, he runs into a hippie girl (Gaby Hoffmann) who upends his quest. It’s a very dry, very strange comedy, and something more besides.
Drama of the week: “I Am Love”: My full review is here. Tilda Swinton is fantastic as a neglected wife in Italy who falls for her son’s best friend in this rapturous, colorful film. Not to be missed.
Action film of the week: “Red Cliff”: My full review is here. John Woo partially redeemed himself for his American flops like “Paycheck” with this gonzo war picture, featuring some incredible battle scenes. Netflix only has the 150-minute theatrical cut, not Woo’s original five-hour version.
Fantasy of the week: “Ondine”: My full review is here. A widowed fisherman (Colin Farrell) catches a woman in the sea, and his daughter thinks she’s a mythical creature in this surprisingly gritty take on an Irish legend, from “Crying Game” director Neil Jordan.
Comedy of the week: “MST3K: I Accuse My Parents”: A bunch of new “Mystery Science Theater 3000” episodes just went on Netflix to help you plan your Turkey Day. My favorite of the bunch is this hilariously overwrought “teens-in-trouble” ’50s films, which Joel and the ‘bots make mincemeat out of.