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.

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. Les Films Adobe hide caption

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Les Films Adobe

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. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Magnolia Pictures

Tradition, tradition: Aist and Miron (Yuri Tsurilo, left) bear Miron's late wife Tanya to a distant site sacred to their culture's tradition. Shadow Distribution hide caption

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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. Angelus Silesius hide caption

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Angelus Silesius

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. Tom Goetz/Sundance Selects hide caption

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Once a powerful warlord, Hou (Andy Lau) has taken sanctuary among the monks of the Shaolin Temple — famous for centuries as martial-arts masters. /Variance Films hide caption

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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? Samuel Goldwyn Films hide caption

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Samuel Goldwyn Films

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. Brian Rigney Hubbard/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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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. Nakanimamasakhlisi/Anchor Bay Films hide caption

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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. Neoclassics Films hide caption

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Neoclassics Films

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. Sony Pictures hide caption

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Sony Pictures

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. Music Box Films hide caption

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Music Box Films

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. Allen Ginsberg/Corbis hide caption

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Unlocked Baggage: In Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) is writing an article about a historical atrocity as she and her husband move into one of the properties where it took place. The film's obvious script spells out the situational irony a bit too cleanly. Julien Bonet/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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