1. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke) Strange, brutal crimes afflict a German village in 1913, and everyone--the stern adults, the winsome children--is a suspect in Haneke's spare, unsparing Palme d'Or winner. A masterpiece.
2. The Time That Remains (Elia Suleiman) The 60-year history of occupied Palestine as seen by Suleiman and his parents. Sounds glum, eh? Not so: its vignettes are absurd, poignant and subversively funny in a film that's a deadpan delight.
3. Precious (Lee Daniels; in theaters 11/6) At 16, Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) is fat, illiterate and pregnant after being raped by her father. Her reclamation is...