Scott Marks 12:30 p.m., July 26
The Dead Girl
Writer and director Karen Moncrieff, of Blue Car, goes at the title figure -- not just dead, but brutally murdered -- by way of five separate storylines, one after another, some more tangential than others, all populated by horridly stunted humans. Structurally intriguing, but grindingly grim and condescending. With Toni Collette, Piper Laurie, Giovanni Ribisi, Rose Byrne, Mary Steenburgen, James Franco, Mary Beth Hurt, Nick Searcy, Marcia Gay Harden, Brittany Murphy, Kerry Washington, Josh Brolin. 2006.