August 14, 2006 12:00 PM

THE NIGHT LISTENER In a curiously enervated suspense film, Robin Williams (below), a spinner of tales on the radio, befriends a boy (Rory Culkin) with a tragic past but then begins to question the adolescent’s story. A high-quality cast, including Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, Bobby Cannavale and Joe Morton, gives this one plenty of polish but can’t, in the end, make it shine. (R)

QUINCEANERA A top prizewinner at the Sundance Film Festival, this touching drama follows two Mexican-American cousins (Jesse Garcia, below left, and Emily Rios) as they struggle to make their way in L.A.’s Echo Park, a Hispanic neighborhood being gentrified. Both show courage and resourcefulness against imposing odds. The title? Rios’s character is planning a quinceañera party to mark her 15th birthday, the beginning of womanhood. (R)

13 TZAMETI The English-language remake rights have already been snapped up for this superb psychological thriller, which will come as no surprise to anyone lucky enough to catch the tense, 93-minute original. The ingenious plot: An immigrant worker (Georges Babluani, below right) in France unintentionally gets caught up in a Russian roulette tournament, with others betting on his life. (In French and Georgian, with subtitles.) (Not rated)

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