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Sidewalls (NR)

Sundance Selects

How many times a day might each of us blindly pass the love of our lives while walking down the street? At this moment, in the apartment across the hall, living not more than 10 feet from you for a few years now, could be your soul-mate. The only thing stopping you from noticing each other is a couple of inches of plaster and drywall. The clever and touching romantic comedy Sidewalls (original title Medianeras) focuses on this conundrum as two lovelorn sad-sacks go through the motions in bustling Buenos Aires, totally oblivious that the one person meant for them, the one who will give their life purpose and meaning, walks right past them on the way to work. It's a beautiful premise that doesn't wallow in typical rom-com conventions, instead letting the realistic touches of true serendipity run their course, in a very charming direction that gives hope to the romantic and inspiration to the alienated. — Louis Fowler

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Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (R)

Anchor Bay

This affectionate tribute to a genuine cinematic legend may not overflow with new information to those who've been to film school (on campus or in their living rooms), but director Alex Stapleton knows exactly which pressure points to hit, from the amusing paradox of Roger Corman's Zen-like demeanor and clips from his filmography that practically invented schlock horror, to eye-opening interviews with Jack Nicholson (who totally cries), Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, William Shatner, Quentin Tarantino and others across Hollywood, all of whom are proud graduates of the Corman Film School. Although the doc could have benefited from a tougher, more punk tone that might match the archival footage better than the soft-focus flourishes and the score by Air (yes, Air), there's no way a collection of tributaries this wide and deep isn't gonna be a blast. — Justin Strout

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A Lonely Place to Die (NR)

IFC Midnight

I've lived in Colorado for about a decade, and still have yet to experience purple mountain majesty up close. I stick to the low-lying foothills and retreat at the first sign of ear-popping. But for the rest of you who live life like a Mountain Dew commercial, there's the cliff-hanging, pulse-pounding, mountain-climbing thriller A Lonely Place to Die. A group of friends scaling rocks in the lush Scottish countryside come across a Russian girl in the middle of nowhere. As they try to figure out how to get her to safety, the gang is picked off one-by-one by coldhearted kidnappers looking to reclaim their ill-gotten human goods. Every scene in the movie sends nervous tingles through your body, with the mountainous action sequences leaving you clinging to your chair for imagined support. Regardless of what elevation you prefer, you'll find this a thoroughly entertaining movie to watch. — Louis Fowler

  • Sidewalls, Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, A Lonely Place to Die

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