Matthew Lickona 3 p.m., July 25
A reasonably engrossing documentary portrait of behavioral researcher Victor DeNoble, the first person to blow the whistle on the American tobacco industry’s efforts to manufacture a “maximally addictive” cigarette. Kudos to director Charles Evans Jr. for shying away from scare-tactic closeups of diseased lungs, but his reliance on rudimentary animation to hammer home his points distracts from the drama. 2012.
- Rated PG-13 | 1 hour, 40 minutes
- Official website
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