Capsules by Michael Sragow. Full reviews are at baltimoresun.com/movies.
Flash of Genius : **** ( 4 STARS) The true-to-life story of how Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) invented the intermittent windshield wiper and then, in the courts, took on Ford Motor Co. for stealing his device. The whole movie is haunting and memorable, with flashes of high comedy. And it's exhilarating in an authentic, pathos-streaked way to see Kearns, through Kinnear's inspired characterization, represent himself during his trial. PG-13 110 minutes
I Served the King of England: **** ( 4 STARS) A randy Czech waiter with a gift for garnishing dishes (including his lovers) hones his talents during the rise of the Third Reich and keeps practicing them while Hitler annexes the Sudetenland and then takes all of Czechoslovakia. He comes to be the worst kind of escapist: the kind who diddles while his country burns. The brilliance of the film is that it consistently makes its points through comedy. R 120 minutes