The Hand of God (out Dec 2) is from Oscar-winning Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) and is a semi-autobiographical tale about life as a shy 16-year-old growing up in Naples and his prank-loving, everything-out-in-the-open extended family. The opening half appears aimless but it comes together with a thought-provoking finale. Newcomer Filippo Scotti is terrific in the lead role. Grade: B+.