Real-life couple Bradley Cooper and Zoë Saldana capped the festival with their high-concept drama about a writer (Cooper) who steals his breakthrough book from a long-forgotten manuscript. The multilayered plot is about as twisty as Inception.
RED HOOK SUMMER
Director Spike Lee got a less rapturous response to his drama about an Atlanta boy who moves in with his preacher grandpa for the summer.
CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER
Rashida Jones, who cowrote the script, won kudos for her comedy about a divorcing couple (Andy Samberg plays her ex) who try to stay friends while dating others.
FOR A GOOD TIME CALL …
Katie (Ari Graynor) and Lauren (Lauren Miller) start a phone-sex line in this raunchy comedy that got some of the festival’s biggest laughs.
WEST OF MEMPHIS
Peter Jackson (The Hobbit) coproduced this gritty doc about the West Memphis Three that all but indicts someone else for the 1993 murders of three boys.