• John Cusack, once upon a midnight dreary, in The Raven

We don’t often have more than one or two releases jockeying for those primo “Reader Recommends” slots. But this week there were four solid candidates: Taika Waititi’s New Zealand comedy Boy, about a Maori kid whose deadbeat dad suddenly materializes; Philippe Falardeau’s Canadian drama Monsieur Lazhar, about an Algerian refugee in Canada trying to take over a traumatized grade school class; James McTeigue’s The Raven, a period mystery with John Cusack as a sleuthing Edgar Allan Poe; and Nanni Moretti’s Italian comedy We Have a Pope, about a newly elected pontiff who’s not sure he wants the job. (Click on the links if you want to see which one got elbowed out.)