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All Good Things (R)

Magnolia Home Entertainment

Documentary filmmaker Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Friedmans) makes his narrative feature debut with this unsubtle but effective mystery, based on the real-life unsolved murder of Kathleen McCormack. The character gets renamed Katie Marks for the film, while her husband Robert Durst, heir to an overbearing real estate tycoon and the chief suspect in Katie's murder, is rechristened David Marks. Kirsten Dunst does her best work in years as Katie, a sunny working-class blonde who falls for David as a seemingly sensitive youth, then watches him morph into someone sinister. Ryan Gosling plays David, and while he gives his usual 15 percent too much affectation, few young actors could nail the part of a nasally creep any better. The film's greatest shortcoming might be its makers, who couldn't resist the "uh-oh!" music just about every time David appears onscreen. — Daniel Barnes

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Meskada (R)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

The intense police drama Meskada is a good movie, but it works better as the pilot for a new TV series, possibly one on the FX Channel, along the lines of a less-rural Justified. Nick Stahl (Carnivàle) is Noah Cordin, a detective in a small affluent town who's called in to investigate the murder of a child during a botched break-in. Along with a new partner (Rachel Nichols), he's forced to go back to his working-class hometown where he's looked at as kind of a sell-out for leaving those roots behind. If that weren't bad enough, the murder might also stop a large corporation from setting up shop there, costing them 500 much-needed jobs. So, of course, everyone hates Cordin. The story is so involving and entertaining, I wish I could observe the further cases of these cops and their trials and tribulations, but, until then, Meskada by itself will have to do. — Louis Fowler

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A Shine of Rainbows (PG)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

A few hours before watching this faith-based film, I went to the theater to see the terrifyingly demonic horror flick Insidious. Its monstrous images freaked me out something fierce. I needed something to cleanse my mental palate and Rainbows, a movie that any other time I would have considered hokey and heavy-handed, was the perfect mental Ajax to scrub my brain clean. In a small Irish fishing community, a young ginger orphan is adopted by a sweet childless woman (Connie Nielsen) and her gruff-but-well-meaning hubby (Aidan Quinn). As per these movies, tragedy strikes and everyone's faith and love are tested, with redemption ultimately found. Oh, and there's a lovable sea lion named Smudge. It's corny and predictable but also very moving and tear-jerkingly emotional. Exactly what's needed to make dreams a little less Satan-infused. — Louis Fowler

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