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Ra-Tim-Bum Castle

Nino, a 300-year-old wizard who looks like a boy, lives in an old castle with his witch aunt Morgana and warlock uncle Victor, but he longs to be like other children. Meanwhile, the villainous real estate magnate Mr. Pompous and his slimy assistant Rat, in league with Nino?s other aunt, an evil outcast from the […]

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Chronically Unfeasible

Writer-director Sergio Bianchi is an incendiary sociopolitical figure in his native Brazil, which has produced more than its share of highly outspoken filmmakers. In his latest work a pessimistic outlook pervades virtually every human transaction, creating a discomfiting and at times claustrophobic sense of reality. Bianchi’s restless camera traverses disparate regions of the country as […]

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Kings of the Sky

Deborah Stratman’s thoughtful 2004 video documentary observes from a respectful distance as Adil Hoxur and his Uighur circus troupe perform throughout the Xinjiang region of China. Descended from Turks and devoted to Islam, the Uighur people have maintained their cultural traditions in this part of China for over five centuries, and Hoxur, heir to a […]

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Desperado Square

Paying tribute to the golden age of Bollywood, specifically Raj Kapoor’s Sangam, this 1992 film seems as hokey as its models but lacks the epic audacity that makes them so exhilarating. Avram (Muhammad Bakri) returns to his hometown to pay tribute to his recently deceased brother and confronts his brother’s widow (Yona Elian), whom he […]