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Los Cronocrimenes (Timecrimes) (R)

Magnolia Home Entertainment

In the vein of smart time-travel films like 12 Monkeys, this Spanish sci-fi thriller from director Nacho Vigalondo twists and turns but is always thoughtful about it. In short, it's one of the genre's best films in quite a while. Everyman Hector, minding his own business in his garden, spies a naked girl in the woods. When he goes to check it out, he stumbles upon a secret lab where temporal experiments are taking place and he becomes the guinea pig — multiple copies of himself start appearing, chasing and stalking him. This is an incredibly plotted, extremely entertaining, maniacally inspired film that transcends the sci-fi world. Unfortunately, there's an American remake on the way in 2011 — will we dumb it down? My time machine says, "Probably." — Louis Fowler

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Un Chant d'Amour (A Song of Love) (NR)

Cult Epics

The quiet, understated fantasy of Jean Cocteau meets the homosexual surrealism of Kenneth Anger in the seminal Un Chant d'Amour, the only film ever directed by French novelist Jean Genet. Way ahead of its time and long suppressed and banned for its gay content, this 1950 black-and-white silent film runs just under 30 minutes and depicts the sexual longing and forced repression of two prisoners and their guard. They meet together in a variety of vignettes that are beautifully shot with a stark, powerful eye, flooding the screen with homoerotic images. Fans of Anger will be doubly pleased, as he provides a wonderfully insightful commentary. Also included on the disc is a great documentary about the life of Genet, which offers great insight into the man's inner workings. — Louis Fowler

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The Cremator (NR)

Dark Sky Films

I had no idea that Czechoslovakia had a New Wave film movement in the '60s, but it did and boy, does it give the French a run for their money! Creepy, strange, funny, dark and surreal, 1969's The Cremator is the story of Karl Kopfrkingl, a cremator filled with delusions of grandeur. Aided by the Tibetan Book of the Dead, he believes he's responsible for saving the souls of the dead through the cleansing power of fire. When Nazi forces invade Prague, this mania hits new depths: He becomes obsessed with his Germanic roots and believes that his wife and children, who are of Jewish heritage, have sullied him in some way. Mixing this unsettling, black-and-white film with a lush score, The Cremator is a real unearthed work of art, built on one rung of uneasiness after another. — Louis Fowler

  • Los Cronocrimenes, Un Chant d'Amour, The Cremator

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