AS I LAY DYING ★★½☆☆ James Franco's third and best film behind the camera of 2013. Not saying much. Takes time to get going.
MYSTERY ROAD ★★★½☆ The wild, wild East. Almost apocalyptic Australian police procedural. Ending doesn't quite match preceding menace.
ELECTRO SHAABI ★★½☆☆ A minor curiosity. Music-politics documentary on rise of new music genre in Cairo. Structurally wanting.
Not part of the festival, but managed to squeeze in a preview of Hugh Jackman - Jake Gyllenhaal starrer:
PRISONERS ★★★★☆ So close to being up there with MEMORIES OF MURDER and THE VANISHING. It just needed to end two minutes earlier.