Mark Jenkins Mark 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.
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The Kings Of Summer stars (from left) Gabriel Basso as Patrick, Moises Arias as Biaggio and Nick Robinson as Joe. The three teenagers escape from their constrictive parents to build a house of their own in the woods. Courtesy Toy's House Productions hide caption

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Courtesy Toy's House Productions

Will Smith (left) and Jaden Smith star in After Earth, an unfortunately humorless film. Courtesy of Columbia Pictures. hide caption

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Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

Source material: As a virtual prisoner these days, he doesn't supply much in the way of fresh information — but WikiLeaks overlord Julian Assange is very much at the center of Alex Gibney's documentary We Steal Secrets. Jo Straube/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Jo Straube/Universal Pictures

Supporters of environmental activist Tim DeChristopher picket outside his criminal trial. The economics student ran into trouble with the federal government when he bid on — and won — mineral rights he had no intention of exploiting. First Run Features hide caption

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Augustine (the French singer-actress billed as Soko) was a 19th-century Paris housemaid diagnosed with the then-fashionable condition known as "hysteria" — a catchall used to label many ailments women suffered in that age. Jean Claude Lother/Music Box Films hide caption

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Jean Claude Lother/Music Box Films

Christine (Lola Creton) and Gilles (Clement Metayer) are the sometime couple at the center of Olivier Assayas' smart, clear-eyed examination of a still-painful period in France's recent past. Carol Bethuel/MK/Sundance Selects hide caption

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Artist Jackie Sumell set out to build a dream home for bank robber Herman Wallace, whose additional conviction for killing a prison guard is the subject of a long-running dispute. First Run Features hide caption

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Jane (Rachel McAdams) rekindles an old affair with the taciturn Neil (Ben Affleck), an environmental investigator whose work takes him to a remote Oklahoma town in the enigmatic new film To the Wonder. Mary Cybulski/Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Mary Cybulski/Magnolia Pictures

Jim (Robert Redford) must flee with his daughter, Isabel (Jackie Evancho), to the scene of a past crime in order to avoid a probing amateur reporter. Doane Gregory/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Doane Gregory/Sony Pictures Classics

A budding romance between Jean Renoir (Vincent Rottiers) and the model Andree (Christa Theret) both informs and distracts from the movie's larger narrative. Samuel Goldwyn Pictures hide caption

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Samuel Goldwyn Pictures

Angsty stunt performer Luke (Ryan Gosling) quits the circus and becomes a busybody father after a former girlfriend reveals she's had his child. Focus Features hide caption

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Focus Features

Duke (Channing Tatum) and Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) are live-action G.I. Joes in the big-screen franchise's latest thoroughly disposable installment. Jaimie Trueblood/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Brothers Rash and Mo (James Floyd and Fady Elsayed) live in the rough working-class London neighborhood of Hackney — but which sibling is the titular designee in My Brother the Devil gets harder and harder to determine as the film goes on. 108 Media hide caption

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