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You've got your Turtle: The Incredible Journey (Admiral, 1:30 pm), which blew Christopher Frizzelle's mind up:

Miranda Richardson does for turtles what Morgan Freeman did for penguins—narrates the story of their migration, along with their means of eating, their method of reproduction, and so on, with that satisfying movie-star-voice gravitas. It has become a popular genre: anthropomorphize some wild creature by telling its story in human terms, and set it to incredible footage. So incredible it almost can’t be believed. The level of detail on the crazy, quick, satanic sand crabs (those eyes!) that try to eat soft baby turtles as they crawl out of the sand will blow you away.

At 1:45 (Harvard Exit) it's Shadows, one of SIFF's archival screenings. Mudede:

This movie is to cinema what On the Road is to literature. Both bring the spirit and rhythms of jazz to their forms. In Shadows, the pace, photography, editing, and lighting feel like modern jazz—the jazz of Parker, Mingus, and Coltrane. Also, the film is about a post-racial America. What this means is that Shadows, which was made near the dawn of the modern civil rights movement, points to a kind of society that is supposed to emerge with the racial integration of American society. The characters in the movie are in a place that’s beyond race and its obstacles. What concerns them instead is the accumulation and expenditure of raw urban energy.

Paul Constant correctly declares Holy Rollers (Pacific Place, 9:30 pm) to be great:

Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, Adventureland) stars in a based-on-a-true-story crime drama about drug-running Hasidic Jews. Eisenberg is magnetic as he sheepishly embarks on a career as an ecstasy mule in order to earn cash and woo the woman to whom he is betrothed. Holy Rollers deftly avoids drug-movie clichés by juxtaposing Jewish Orthodox tradition with the self-delusion of dealers; in New York, Hasids stand on street corners, trying to hook lapsed Jews back into the spiritual life. It’s a surprising crime story with compassion for its characters.

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Also! Also! Also! Actually-good John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy ("offering what feels like new information about a thoroughly catalogued subject")! Cyrus, the newest thingy from those mumblecore brothers! And Amplified Seattle, the documentary companion piece to Lynn Shelton's $5 Cover ("the impressions of the bands are candid if not particularly probing")!


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