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.
This photo, taken from a 2003 U.S. Department of Defense surveillance video, was released by Omar Khadr's lawyers. Khadr (pictured) is in an interrogation room at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
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Shade-y Figure? Peter Gatien, charged with drug crimes in the Manhattan club empire but convicted only of tax evasion, is chief witness for the defense in a film seemingly designed to rehabilitate his image.
Drawing From Life: Rutger Hauer is the painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder in The Mill and the Cross, a stunner of an art film that takes inspiration from art, history and art history.
Angela Davis: Swedish TV journalists talked to the Black Panther activist in a 1972 jail interview — she was charged with but not convicted of murder — in footage that's part of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.
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Fez-zy Logic: Eric and his best buddy Mike (Tyler Labine, right) convince a core group of old pals that a swinging sex party is the thing that will cap their party-hearty careers. But will it ruin their friendships?
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Young And Fearless: Atafeh (Nikohl Boosheri, left), a member of Iran's upper class, falls for Shireen (Sarah Kazemy), an orphaned classmate. The two explore Iran's rebellious youth subculture together, sneaking out at night to go clubbing and graffiti public property.
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The Thin, Unread Line: From left, Thomas (Rupert Friend) and Sebastian (Richard Coyle) are war reporters struggling to comprehend both the Russia-Georgia conflict and the outside world's tepid response to their coverage. In the summer of 2008, most TV outlets were focused on the Olympics instead.
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Going Whole Hog: Paloma (Garance LeGuillermic), the whimsically suicidal 11-year-old at the center of the The Hedgehog (based on a novel by Muriel Barbery), tries to get a better grip on life through her fellow apartment dwellers. It's a strange tonal balancing act, and the film doesn't quite pull it off.
Perfect for the untapped market of hormonal prepubescent males who also enjoy lessons in Chinese history, 3-D Sex And Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (starring Saori Hara, left, and Hiro Hayama) throws every imaginable object except actual genitalia at the screen over its two-hour-plus runtime.
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Totally Trashed: Nick (Jesse Eisenberg, right) enlists his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) to help him rob a bank after two dim-witted criminals strap a bomb to his chest. Though the pizza-delivery man who inspired the film died in real life, director Ruben Fleischer opts for a lighthearted (and sloppy) approach to the story.
Moving In Mysterious Ways: Over the course of its 4 1/2 hours, the film tracks, abandons and reconnects with characters of various social classes, including Angela de Lima (Maria Joao Bastos, center), mother to protagonist Pedro, and Father Dinis (Adriano Luz), who looks after Pedro as a boy.
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Road Warriors: Timothy Leary (left) and Neal Cassady, the inspiration for Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's On the Road, were two of the Merry Pranksters onboard the psychedelic "Further" bus in 1964. Magic Trip tries to immortalize their journey to a larger extent than the film is able to support.