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December 3rd, 2010 By Jason Gargano | Movies |

Friday Movie Roundup: Docs Dominate

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After weeks of multifarious movie-house options (23 over the last month, to be exact), we have only three releases this week. Curiously, two of the three are documentaries (A Film Unfinished and The Tillman Story, a pair that reveal war to be the hellish, dehumanizing debacle it always will be), a welcome trend that has given us a number of unique options in recent weeks, including Catfish, The Elephant in the Room, 4192: The Crowning of a Hit King, Inside Job, Jackass 3D, Last Train Home, Restrepo and Waiting for Superman.

Luckily, this week's spare collection of openings is supplemented by a few worthwhile local film events, including a onetime screening of yet another documentary, Handmade Nation, which looks at the rise of DIY crafting culture, 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Contemporary Arts Center. (For more info, read To Do pick here.)

Then there's a new endeavor called Film Talk 2010, a daylong (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. tomorrow) conference featuring a “series of lectures, collaborative discussions and promotional and networking opportunities for the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana film communities,” which I wrote about yesterday.

Finally, the nurturing folks over at Media Bridges have partnered with the Cincinnati Art Museum to present Film Outside the Lines, which features the latest efforts from those working within a collaborative program that teaches filmmaking to artists with disabilities. Two films, Dark Digital Romance and Counterfeit Killer II: Cry of the Banshee, and compilation of documentaries about the experience by various participating students will screen 7 p.m. tonight at the Cincinnati Art Museum's Fath Auditorium (953 Eden Park Drive). Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at door. For more information or to order tickets, call 513-721-ARTS.


Opening films:

A FILM UNFINISHED — Discovered by East German archivists after World War II and accepted for decades as one of the few visual documents of life inside the ghetto, a 1942 Nazi propaganda film about the Warsaw Ghetto was revealed as manipulative distortion once a British film researcher uncovered a fifth reel of outtakes in 1998. Filmmaker Yael Hersonski, herself the granddaughter of a Warsaw Ghetto survivor, rebuilt the rough cuts into A Film Unfinished, adding commentary from nine survivors as they watch. (Read full review here.) (Opens today at Kenwood Theatre.) — Ella Taylor (Not Rated.) Grade: B


THE TILLMAN STORY — The Bush administration picked the wrong family of Northern Californian atheists to paint with its pro-war brush of “hero” propaganda. The administration's attempted cover-up of the April 22, 2004, "friendly fire" murder of former pro football player Pat Tillman in Afghanistan is dissected in damning detail in Amir Bar-Lev's revealing documentary narrated by Josh Brolin. (Read full review here.) (Opens today at Esquire Theatre.) — Cole Smithey (Rated R.) Grade: A-


THE WARRIOR'S WAY — Sngmoo Lee directs this fantastical action adventure about an Asian assassin (Jang Dong-gun) who flees to an American West populated by the likes of Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston and Geoffrey Rush. (Read full review here.) (Opens wide today.) — tt stern-enzi (Rated R.) Grade: D


 
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