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100 Poems for Stella (100 Tula Para Kay Stella) (2017)

Wanting to win the heart of Stella, an aspiring but frustrated rock star, a stuttering college student tries to finish 100 poems dedicated to her. (NR)

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1945 (2017)

Beware of Jews bearing perfume. August 9, 1945 is the day America bombed Nagasaki; in another part of the world, the magistrate of a small Hungarian village (Péter Rudolf) is about to have his son’s nuptials torpedoed by a pair of unexpected guests. His missus is a druggy, his wimpy ... (NR)

2.0 starsScott Marks

2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts — Animated (2017)

Hang it all, the short film form is supposed to give the little guy a chance to shine. Sure, I may not have the budget for a feature, but then, not having the expectations brought on by a budget gives me room to play. But this year, only the Pixar ... (NR)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts — Live Action (2017)

Kristof Deak's Sing, Aske Bang's Silent Nights, Juanjo Gimenez Pena's Timecode, Selim Aazzazi's Ennemis Interieurs, and Timo von Gunten's La Femme et la TGV. (NR)

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2017 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Film Tour (2017)

Judging by the title, one guesses this is a collection of short films that played the Sundance Film Festival. (NR)

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24 Frames (2017)

For what turned out to be his crowning work, Abbas Kiarostami, the perdurable experimenter opted, for the first time in his career, to try his hand at animation. Some segments were filmed in color, the majority in black-and-white. Not a word was spoken, there is but a single movement of ... (NR)

5.0 starsScott Marks

29 + 1 (2017)

Comedy, drama, fantasy about turning thirty. (NR)

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40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (2017)

Lee Aronsohn was attending the University of Colorado “looking to major in sex and drugs.” Little did the future sitcom writer/producer realize that he was planting the seeds that, four decades later, would flower into this fond endeavor to recapture fleeting youth. A local band, going by the name of ... (NR)

3.0 starsScott Marks

42 Grams (2017)

This plays as part of the 2017 San Diego International Film Festival. According to the program notes, Jack C. Newell's documentary profiles "Michelin-star rated chef Jake Bickelhaupt’s rise from illegal restauranteur to controversial culinary celebrity. It’s an intimate doc that brings you right into the thick of Bickelhaupt’s process and ... (NR)

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47 Meters Down (2017)

Stick two hot siblings (Mandy Moore, Claire Holt) vacationing in Mexico in an iron cage, dunk them in the shark-infested deep, and hope the Dolby Atmos and visual effects work will do most of the heavy lifting. One anticipates the random acts of dopiness often associated with this “if it ... (PG-13)

2.0 starsScott Marks

500 Years (2017)

Pamela Yates's documentary finds the majority of the indigenous Mayan population standing poised to re-imagine their society. (NR)

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5 Steps of Love (2017)

He's a Sagittarius playboy, she's a zodiac-enthusiast Pisces. Unrequited love, anybody? (NR)

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68 Kill (2017)

Writer-director Trent Haaga takes on Bryan Smith’s novel about a beta dude (Matthew Gray Gubler, looking like a cross between Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, and Joel McHale) who finds himself in thrall to a series of alpha chicks — several of whom are cheerfully, plainly psychopathic — and who must ... (NR)

2.0 starsMatthew Lickona