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Kinyarwanda (NR)

Breaking Glass Pictures

Decades after Rwanda's 100-day genocide, which claimed nearly a million Tutsi and Hutu lives, the country's first native feature film dealing with the matter — winner of the 2011 Audience Award at Sundance — is a quiet revelation. Told in vignettes from viewpoints among a diverse faction, from a Muslim mufti to a Catholic priest to a teen survivor to the players in a Romeo and Juliet-esque marriage, Kinyarwanda is deeply personal and badly needed. Too many of us only know about the massacre via Hotel Rwanda, which was told from the outsider's baffled view of the U.N.'s non-response. This film gets in the mix: Forgiveness, love, hate and above all, generational guilt pour out of Rwandans, providing a sense of baptism-by-witness-bearing. You won't forget the feeling. — Justin Strout

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Mother's Day (R) (Blu-ray)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

After his game-changing rock-opera Repo! The Genetic Opera, I figured studios would clamor to release Darren Lynn Bousman's subsequent film in theaters. I was wrong. Mother's Day, a gritty remake of the 1980 Troma black comedy, has gone straight to video. No matter — it'll achieve the audience it deserves from the more appreciative Redbox crowd. Rebecca De Mornay delivers a chilling performance as a domineering maternal monster to a family of bloodthirsty crooks. When said family members break into their former house after a botched robbery, it becomes a nervously charged game of cat and mouse. Bousman amps up the suspense, to the point where I actually screamed at the screen in the idiotic hopes that the characters would hear me. — Louis Fowler

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She's Not Our Sister (NR)

Image Entertainment

Off-puttingly filmed like a sitcom, this mostly entertaining "urban" comedy is a mishmash of genres that never drags, lags or sags. Three bickering sisters learn, after their father dies, they're left with millions to split and also an illegitimate sister whom they need to get along with to receive the money. Tempers flare and anger bubbles, but in the end a strong faith in God and forgiveness wins out. Along the way, we're given breast cancer scares, a sassy oversexed aunt and two bizarre, out-of-place, musical numbers about believing in yourself to achieve your dreams. It sounds like a train wreck on paper, but on film, it's an enjoyably uplifting 90 minutes. — Louis Fowler

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