Mark JenkinsMark Jenkins reviews movies for NPR.org, as well as for reeldc.com, which covers the Washington, D.C., film scene with an emphasis on art, foreign and repertory cinema.
Growing Pains:Prodigal Sons tells the story of a renewed relationship between Marc McKerrow (left) and filmmaker Kimberly Reed (born Paul McKerrow, center, with youngest brother Todd at right). In it, Marc McKerrow, who was adopted, goes in search of his biological parents while Reed documents his search.
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The Most Dangerous Man: Daniel Ellsberg (left) and his colleague Anthony Russo (right) stood trial for espionage in 1973 after leaking a top-secret Pentagon study of the Vietnam War to the New York Times. The charges were eventually dropped.
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Kiss The Sky: Cyril Raffaelli (left) stars as Damien Tomaso, and David Belle as Leito — two unlikely allies trying to pacify a rough Paris suburb. Belle is often credited as the creator of parkour, a physical and mental discipline on display throughout the film.
Unlikely Couple: An alienated soccer star from the Palestinian city of Nablus, Tarek (Shredi Jabarin, foreground) meets Keren (Hili Yalon) near a bustling market in Tel Aviv — where Tarek, in an effort to save his father, intends to blow himself up.
Twin Turbo: Smitten with a passion for an uninhibited neighbor, the teenaged Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) creates a bad-boy alter ego — cynical, world-weary ladies man Francois Dillinger, at left.
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Collective Action: When mysterious violence plagues their town, village elders (including the local baroness, played by Ursina Lardi) set out to pinpoint a cause. The trouble, suggests director Michael Haneke, is that causes are everywhere.
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Through The Looking Glass: Surreal visuals, a stream-of-consciousness plot and three (yes three, including Jude Law, above) actors playing fantasyland alter egos for the late Heath Ledger: Doctor Parnassus isn't easy to follow, but it's fun to look at.
Sony Pictures Classics
A Word Is Worth A Thousand Pictures: Conversations are the main action sequences as a plainclothes detective (Dragos Bucur) trails a young druggie through a post-Communist Romanian backwater.
A Queen Or A Pawn?: Victoria (Emily Blunt) is crowned queen of England at just 18 years old, and attempts to assert control over the many players tugging her in different political directions.