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.
Mars, Bringer Of War: Bazil (Dany Boon) has a chip on his shoulder and a stray bullet in his brain. The chip is from a land mine that killed his father, the bullet from the factory of a local weapons manufacturer — and he plans to do something about both.
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A Good German: Industrialist John Rabe (Ulrich Tukur, center left, with Steve Buscemi, Anne Consigny and Daniel Bruhl) helps shelter Chinese civilians from Japanese invaders in 1930s Nanking.
Belgrade Is For Lovers: Everything seems to be going wrong for Robert (David Thornton) until a mission to Belgrade sparks a romance with a friend's mom (Mirjana Karanovic).
20/20 Hindsight: Abu Jandal served as a personal bodyguard to Osama bin Laden from 1996 to 2000 -- before he became a cab driver in Yemen. In the documentary The Oath, Jandal expresses guilt at sending his brother-in-law, Salim Hamdan, down a path that led to Guantanamo Bay.
The All-Natural Hotbox: Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser) endures the wrath of woodland creatures — including a pack of angry skunks in his car — when he agrees to oversee the construction of a housing development on their woodland home.
Treasure Hunt: In The Good, The Bad, The Weird, three bandits must compete with the Japanese army and other desert nomads as they travel across the Manchurian desert in search of a map.
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Control Issues: Aaron (Chris Rock) is the unlucky son charged with organizing his dad's funeral — which ends up being a circus of missteps, secrets and snafus that make for a one-of-a-kind sendoff.
Hip Cats:No One Knows About Persian Cats is co-written by journalist Roxana Saberi, who spent time in Iran's notorious Evin prison last year, and follows musician couple Negar Shaghaghi (right) and Ashkan Koshanejad (second from right) on their mission to assemble a band and play one last show before they flee Tehran.
Love Me Two Times: While director Tom DiCillo does address the band's formation, the documentary is more about Jim Morrison than The Doors — not exactly surprising, considering that Morrison's notorious on-stage antics once led to a conviction for public indecency.
Coffee Talk: In Breaking Upwards, Daryl (Daryl Wein) and Zoe (Zoe Lister-Jones) decide to mix things up when their relationship goes stale. Their new deal: For four days a week, they'll be boyfriend and girlfriend. The rest is negotiable.
A Mixed Blessing: Xu Jinglei plays a stranger who takes General Pang into her home to nurse him — but later turns out to be a point of contention among him and his allies.
Mother Knows Best: Kim Hye-ja plays the unnamed protagonist in this murder mystery about a devoted mother whose simple-minded son is charged with murdering a teenage girl.