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Rosarigasinos (Gangs from Rosario) (NR)

Synapse Films

When two middle-aged criminals and former tango musicians (Federico Luppi and Ulises Dumont) get out of prison after 30 years, they have no friends and no place to go. The only shred of hope that got them through those years was a suitcase full of money that, when they finally retrieve it, is empty. With the help of a former gangland crony, they plan an armored car robbery that goes awry, of course. While this may sound like a pretty downbeat, dour crime caper, it's actually an insanely entertaining Argentinian black comedy that will have you rooting for the down-on-their-luck duo, even as it's continually beaten and riddled with bullets. Rosarigasinos is raucous and lusty like the tangos the pair performs, with hilariously moving performances from both Luppi and Dumont, and a crack pace that, even at 88 minutes, is over too soon. — Louis Fowler

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Fresh: New Thinking About What We're Eating (NR)

Ripple Effect Films

Fresh, the latest in a wave of sustainability-centered food documentaries, is aptly named but misleadingly titled. Apt for the obvious food pun and marketing concept: You must become an "activist" and order a copy at freshthemovie.com (or attend a screening by another activist) to see it. Misleading because the topics tackled are now fairly ubiquitous, and many key interview subjects (Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin, etc.) have appeared in every other big agribusiness-bashing movie. Moniker aside, the film could be as important as its cohorts if it reaches beyond the choir to audiences who don't know that medium-sized organic farming, according to the film, has recently been proven to be far more productive and sustainable than industrial models. If you already shop at the farmers market and compost, order a copy for a friend who doesn't. — Matthew Schniper

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Dragonball: Evolution (PG)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

I've flipped past Dragonball animé on Cartoon Network often enough to know that it's silly overseas nonsensical fare — usually with a spiky-haired guy in an orange karate gi shooting a fireball at a green alien in a turban. Interestingly, this is exactly what happens in this live-action adaptation, and yes, it's just as silly, if not sillier. But the film offers gloriously beautiful eye-candy. Young Goku finds out that he is heir apparent to the mystical Dragonball ... but it seems that a green alien named Piccolo actually will rule if he can collect all seven Dragonballs. I think. Does the story really matter? Naw. Dragonball: Evolution, like last year's Speed Racer, is all about translating an animated medium to film, with kinetic colors, speed-lines and futuristic landscapes galore. This will definitely satiate your cinematic sweet tooth. — Louis Fowler

The Howl (L'urlo) (NR)

Cult Epics

Before he went on to direct such farcical smut as All Ladies Do It and Cheeky, Tinto Brass was an influential Italian director who made such "erotic" meditations on political madness as Caligula and Salon Kitty. But even before those, he directed The Howl, a decidedly Euro-hippie surrealist outing that, had he continued on such a path, would have put him in league with auteurs such as Alejandro Jodorowsky and Fernando Arrabal. A woman runs away with a stranger on her wedding day and they embark on an increasingly bizarre journey: They meet talking animals, psychedelic freaks and a family of naked cannibals, in addition to starting a prison riot, and assassinating a wind-up little-person dictator. It's social commentary all seen through Brass' twisted, comically perverse eye, and stands as a great lost art film of the '70s that still confounds as much as it inspires. — Louis Fowler


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