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Sarah's Key (PG-13)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

After Schindler's List, pop culture has been so inundated with Holocaust movies seeking Oscar gold that a twinge of desensitization to the actual history has formed. Some of the younger generation no longer think of it as a real tragic period, but just another joke on Family Guy. That's why movies like Sarah's Key are so important; they find new ways to relate the horrors of World War II anti-Semitism to us. Kristin Scott Thomas is a reporter living in France and working on an article about the shameful 1942 Vel' d'Hiv roundup of Jews. She follows the story of a young girl who locked her brother in a closet to hide him when French police came to take her family away, up to her subsequent escape from an internment camp to rescue him. Sarah's Key is a heartbreaking, important movie that adds a new dimension to a horror that shouldn't be turned into another easy joke. — Louis Fowler

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12 Angry Men (NR)

The Criterion Collection

The 50th anniversary DVD of Sidney Lumet's 1957 jury-room civics lesson was actually released in 2008, meaning this edition actually marks the film's 54th anniversary. But what's a year here and there when clear-eyed American stalwart Henry Fonda is fighting for justice as the noble, white-suited "Juror No. 8"? Fonda returns the lone "not guilty" verdict in what initially seems like a slam-dunk murder trial, igniting a tense battle of wills in the cramped confines of the jury room. 12 Angry Men isn't quite the masterpiece its AFI 100 reputation suggests — it's an overdetermined sociological study in which the biggest jerks fight the hardest for conviction. Still, the searing performances by Fonda and a cast of great character actors peel the paint off the claustrophobic setting, while then-rookie Lumet directs with the confidence of a seasoned pro. — Daniel Barnes

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Not Another B Movie (NR)

Troma Entertainment

When people hear the name Troma, they usually associate it with low-budget trashterpieces like The Toxic Avenger or Class of Nuke'Em High. But for more than 30 years, the company's also been releasing subtle, hilarious indie comedies like Lollilove and Special Needs. Here's another. Seated around a restaurant table, a hack screenwriter and two sleazy producers try to concoct their latest gutter offering. What starts off as a slasher film about a killer umpire morphs into a buddy-cop movie with every contrivance in between hilariously parodied. Featuring the talents of such acting luminaries like David Faustino, Joe Estevez and Ed Asner, director John Wesley Norton packs this movie with laugh after laugh that, even if you're not a fan of B-movies, will still crack you up. You might not want another B-movie, but you'll definitely want Not Another B Movie. — Louis Fowler

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