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  • The Bang Bang Club (R)

    Based on Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva's 2000 book The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots From a Hidden War, this remarkable fact-based 2010 drama chronicles the activities of a group of white photojournalists (including Marinovich and Silva) whose pictures documented the violent struggle for black political supremacy in 1990s South Africa between Nelson Mandela's progressive African National Congress and its reactionary rival, the Inkatha Freedom Party. more...
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  • Carbon Nation (NR)

    Peter Byck's fast-paced 2010 documentary warns of imminent climate change—and its potentially disastrous environmental, economic, and geopolitical impact—while examining the promise and challenge of developing low-carbon alternatives to petroleum. more...
  • One Kine Day (NR)

    Chuck Mitsui's debut feature is the dreary, predictable story of a 19-year-old Hawaiian skateboarder (bland newcomer Ryan Greer) whose 15-year-old girlfriend is pregnant with his child. more...
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  • Surrogate Valentine (NR)

    San Francisco singer-songwriter Goh Nakamura plays himself, sort of, in Dave Boyle's rambling black-and-white comedy. more...
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  • Illegal (NR)

    This hard-edged, documentary-style drama (2010) by writer-director Olivier Masset-Depasse chronicles the ordeal of a young Russian woman (the superb Anne Coesens) living illegally in Belgium with her 14-year-old son. more...
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  • The Exploding Girl (NR)

    A quietly expressive performance by Zoe Kazan highlights this gentle, honest study (2009) of a college freshman tentatively negotiating the transition to adulthood. more...
  • The Woman With the 5 Elephants (NR)

    This Swiss-German coproduction (2009) documents the life of Svetlana Geier, a teacher and translator noted for her German editions of Dostoyevsky's mammoth novels (the "five elephants" of the title). more...
  • Watercolors (NR)

    Two LA high schoolers—an effeminate artist (Tye Olson) and a hunky but troubled swimmer (Kyle Clare)—plunge into an ill-fated romance in this earnest tearjerker by writer-director David Oliveras. more...
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  • The First Beautiful Thing (NR)

    The protagonist of this 2010 Italian drama is a failed writer whose depression and fear of intimacy escalate after he's called back to his hometown to care for his dying mother. more...
  • Forget Me Not (NR)

    The streets and skyline of London provide a scenic backdrop for this maudlin, meandering tale of bittersweet romance (2010). more...
  • The Woodmans (NR)

    Francesca Woodman, who committed suicide in 1981 at age 22, was a brilliant photographer specializing in enigmatic, black-and-white, nude self-portraits, and this superb 2010 documentary by C. Scott Willis explores the complexities of her life and work with insight and detached clarity. more...
  • The Big Gay Musical

    This comedy by Casper Andreas and Fred M. Caruso focuses on two young actors (newcomers Joey Dudding and Daniel Robinson) costarring in an off-Broadway spoof of religious-right antigay bigotry called "Adam and Steve Just the Way God Made 'Em." more...
  • Dream Boy (R)

    Sometimes erotic, sometimes spooky, this gay southern gothic--adapted by writer-director James Bolton from a novel by Jim Grimsley--stars Stephan Bender as a teenager in rural Louisiana and Maximillian Roeg (son of Nicolas Roeg and Theresa Russell) as his seemingly straight next-door neighbor, who initiates a sexual relationship with him. more...