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  • 9 Muses of Star Empire
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    9 Muses of Star Empire

    The opening scenes promise a backstage look at the South Korean girl group 9 Muses, but this 2012 documentary is really about the culture industry's transformation of young women into marketable commodities. more...
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    Abdia do Nasciemento

    The subject of this 2011 Brazilian documentary was an early demonstrator for Afro-Brazilian civil rights, the founder of the enormously influential Black Experimental Theater (founded in the 40s), a professor at many prominent American universities (including Wesleyan and Yale), a senator, and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. more...
  • The Absent One

    The Dept. Q Trilogy, based on three best-selling crime novels by Danish writer Jussi Adler-Olsen, draws comparisons with Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo franchise: set in Scandinavia and featuring a sullen male protagonist, it's violent, hard-boiled, and psychologically disturbing. more...
  • After the Rain
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    After the Rain (NR)

    As proven by Olivier Assayas (Something in the Air), Bernardo Bertolucci (The Dreamers), and several hundred other European art film directors, there's no political upheaval so important that it can't be turned into a backdrop for the adolescent anger and desire of beautiful middle-class kids. more...
  • All the Rage
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    All the Rage

    Michael Galinsky abandoned this documentary about Dr. John Sarno in 2004 but revived it years later after debilitating back pain prompted him to reconnect with the acclaimed but controversial physician. more...
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    And While We Were Here (R)

    Set on the stunning Italian island of Ischia, this indie drama tells the story of an American woman (Kate Bosworth) who befriends a 19-year-old heartthrob (Jamie Blackley) while on a work-related vacation with her detached husband (Iddo Goldberg). more...
  • Angel (NR)

    One of Ernst Lubitsch's rare forays into melodrama, this 1937 feature centers on the neglected wife (Marlene Dietrich) of a British ambassador (Herbert Marshall, the jewel thief from Trouble in Paradise); after having a fling in Paris, she learns that her paramour (Melvyn Douglas) fought alongside her husband in World War I. Dietrich clashed with Lubitsch throughout the production, which may explain why she gives such a stubbornly uncharismatic performance; the professions of romantic longing on which the plot hinges are seldom convincing. more...
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  • Aurora
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    Aurora (NR)

    After reading in the newspaper about a baby found dead at a local garbage dump, a childless schoolteacher decides she's going to adopt the infant posthumously so she can give it a decent burial. more...
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  • Babe's and Ricky's Inn

    In this lively documentary about the titular nightclub that for decades lured blues musicians to South Central LA, the numbers are so electric one wishes director Ramin Niami had made a full-scale concert film instead of shooting his footage during the joint's closing days. more...
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    Ballplayer: Pelotero

    This competent documentary looks at the training and recruiting of baseball players in the Dominican Republic, which produces nearly 20 percent of athletes in the major leagues. more...
  • Barista
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    Rock Baijnauth's documentary follows five subjects as they train for and eventually face off in a national barista competition, creating an espresso, a cappuccino, and a specialty drink for four judges in less than 15 minutes. more...
  • Basically, Johnny Moped
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    Basically, Johnny Moped

    One of the oddest first-wave British punk bands was Johnny Moped, a genial quartet that dressed like unassuming middle-class guys and whose lead singer (also called Johnny Moped) was mentally ill. This documentary portrait of the group is familiar in its execution, intercutting vintage performance footage with talking-head interviews with surviving band members and friends, but the story is definitely novel and the agreeable tone is hard to resist. more...