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.
Men Of The Cloth: As Christian and Paul, Lambert Wilson (left) and Jean-Marie Frin play monks who live in the midst of the Algerian civil war. Their lives and relationships are poignantly captured by director Xavier Beauvois.
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Mohamad Emran Tapa, the cousin of director Tariq Tapa, plays Dilawar, an aspiring pickpocket. Dilawar, like just about every other young character in Zero Bridge, dreams of leaving Kashmir.
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Happy Pills? Director Liz Canner's documentary Orgasm Inc., originally intended as a look at the science of pleasure, became an inquiry into the pharmaceutical industry's pursuit of a cause — and a cure — for female sexual dysfunction.
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Dark Matters: Filmmaker Michael Madsen considers the functional and conceptual challenges of Onkalo, a permanent nuclear waste store in Finland — chiefly, how to prevent future civilizations from breaking in before the waste decays.
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Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop, a corporate hit man who kills with downright mechanical precision and detachment — until an assignment involving his longtime mentor makes things personal.
Dark Materials: In Plastic Planet, director Werner Boote interviews scientists (including Austrian environmental analyst Kurt Scheidl, right) to better understand the cultural, environmental and biological effects of plastic production.
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Extremities: Frantic to prevent his little brother from having to suffer the same traumas he faced as a child himself, Silviu seizes on a visitor (Ada Condeescu) as an escape route.
When he realizes he's dangerously ill, Uxbal (Javier Bardem) spends some precious time with his daughter Ana (Hanaa Bouchaib) -- and reluctantly lets his kids get to know their estranged mother, who's anything but a good influence.
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Still A Player: Jeff Bridges returns to the role of Kevin Flynn, who in an expensive new sequel to 1982's Tron has spent decades trapped in a video game-inspired digital world.
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A Potent Art: Helen Mirren stars as Prospera, a powerful sorceress exiled on a lonely island. Seeking revenge and a mainland future for her daughter, she conjures up a storm that wracks a ship bearing her enemies and blows it to her island's shores.
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Moving Forward: Kerry Washington plays Patricia, a '70s civil-rights lawyer trying to put her former radicalism to rest in order to raise her daughter in peace. Complications arise when Marcus, the man many believe caused her husband's death, reappears.
Jana, played by Daniela Kolarova, and her husband, Pavel (Martin Huba), are interviewed for a documentary when Pavel receives the "Memory of the Nation" award, but the documentary threatens to reveal personal secrets and divide a family.
Striking Back: With the support of union representative Albert (Bob Hoskins, left), auto-factory workers Rita (Sally Hawkins) and Connie (Geraldine James) lead an equal-pay push that eventually becomes a national movement.
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