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  • 'Guardian Angel' takes on a few too many sins

    'Guardian Angel' takes on a few too many sins
    The thoroughly undistinguished crime drama "Guardian Angel" recycles so many of the genre's most frequently used tropes that it feels more like a reenactment of previous movie bits than anything remotely original. Writer-director Vahik Pirhamzei stars...
  • 'Private Violence' tackles abused woman's search for justice

     'Private Violence' tackles abused woman's search for justice
    Cynthia Hill's documentary "Private Violence," about the needlessly winding road for domestic abuse justice, begins with a nail-biting scene in a shelter: a pregnant woman's abuser is on his way there, unless she can persuade him to meet her where cops...
  • 'Watchers of the Sky' a powerful warning about genocide

    'Watchers of the Sky' a powerful warning about genocide
    The documentary "Watchers of the Sky" centers on Raphael Lemkin, who coined the word "genocide" and devoted his life to ensuring that the systematic extermination of people would be an international crime. Henryk Sienkiewicz's depiction of the Roman...
  • 'Default' a hostage thriller that demands little attention

    'Default' a hostage thriller that demands little attention
    "Default" tosses plenty of buzzworthy ideas into the mix, but at its heart it's a run-of-the-mill hostage thriller, spruced up as found footage with Somali pirates. Four Somalis hijack a charter plane in Seychelles and hold hostage an American crew...
  • 'The Golden Era' a 'Reds'-like tale of Chinese novelist Xiao Hong

    'The Golden Era' a 'Reds'-like tale of Chinese novelist Xiao Hong
    With its politically charged milieu, stormy love story and focus on intellectual circles, the biographical drama "The Golden Era" brings to mind "Reds" — although compared with Warren Beatty's grand-scale portrait of American leftists, Hong Kong's...
  • Women age 50-plus display winning senses of 'Advanced Style'

    The subjects of Ari Seth Cohen's photographs, all women over 50, have got it and flaunt it — "it" being a fearless sense of personal style. In their dramatic get-ups, they're a kind of walking theater. And walk they do, because they live in New...
  • 'Algorithms' sheds light on blind teen chess players

    'Algorithms' sheds light on blind teen chess players
    For the blind players in "Algorithms," chess is not just a mental game but a tactile one. Sociologist Ian McDonald's first feature-length documentary profiles three Indian teen boys competing in blind chess tournaments and the mentor who's determined to...
  • In 'America the Beautiful 3,' a look at our fixation on youth

    In 'America the Beautiful 3,' a look at our fixation on youth
    "America the Beautiful 3" continues a documentary series on the country's obsession with beauty ideals. Whereas the last installment looked at unhealthy body image, the latest explores the fixation on youth. The film argues that advertisers bombard...
  • 'Awake' a vivid glimpse of West's 1st meditation guru

    'Awake' a vivid glimpse of West's 1st meditation guru
    Fittingly enlightening, "Awake: The Life of Yogananda" is a vivid, elegantly assembled portrait of the savvy guru with the cherubic face and penetrating gaze who brought meditation to the West. Although the name Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) may not...
  • 'Giuseppe Makes a Movie' an oddly compelling look at odd auteur

     'Giuseppe Makes a Movie' an oddly compelling look at odd auteur
    More ragtag video diary than incisive feature documentary, "Giuseppe Makes a Movie" takes a swift, at times riotous walk on the wild side with the ultimate independent filmmaker, Giuseppe Andrews. Never heard of him? Let's just say this guy's cinematic...
  • 'Evolution of a Criminal' a gripping return to scene of crime

    Part dramatic re-creation and part confessional, the first-person documentary "Evolution of a Criminal" traces Darius Clark Monroe's seemingly abrupt path from honors high school student to teenage bank robber. Even Monroe's New York University film...