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Justice League: Doom (PG-13)

Warner Premiere

Warner Premiere's line of DC Comics animated films, made specifically for fanboys and based on popular story lines adapted from comics and graphic novels, are often better than their live-action counterparts. The latest entry, Justice League: Doom, is filled with fast-paced action and top-notch thrills. It's based on the popular JLA story arc "Tower of Babel," and was scripted by the late Dwayne McDuffie. Here, we find a nifty updating of the old Super Friends adversaries in the Legion of Doom: Immortal Neanderthal Vandal Savage recruits various baddies to take down their heroic counterparts, using information about each hero's weakness stolen from Batman's supercomputer by Mirror Master. As the team struggles to deal with their own personal downfalls, they must also comprehend why Batman would keep files like that in the first place. — Louis Fowler

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The Woman With the Five Elephants (NR)

Cinema Guild

Great text moves, asserts literary translator Svetlana Geier at the beginning of this sprawling documentary, which opens on Geier and her elderly assistant working Dostoevsky's The Gambler line-by-line. "Suddenly, there is something there that no one has noticed before," she ponders. She considers the work of Dostoevsky, whose Crime and Punishment was known in Germany as Guilt and Atonement until Geier's version hit shelves in 1994, "inexhaustible." Writer-director Vadim Jendreyko's tender, patient film traces Geier's journey to Ukraine for the first time in six decades, where, following the German occupation, she was sent to work for a Nazi. Filmed a few years before Geier's death in 2010, Elephants is at its best observing her at work, dissecting great literature so meticulously. Says Geier, "The text and the textile have the same root." Amen. — Justin Strout

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The Catechism Cataclysm (NR)

IFC Midnight

Hail metal, full of laughs, this movie pleases thee! I became aware of director Todd Rohal and his comically surreal vision over a decade ago via VHS tapes of a Baltimore public access show called Atomic TV. In a lot of ways, Rohal was doing the bizarre, grotesque comedy made popular by the likes of Tim and Eric, way ahead of his time. His newest, hilariously dark feature stars Eastbound & Down's Steve Little as a death-metal-obsessed young Catholic priest who takes a canoeing trip with his sister's burnout high-school ex-boyfriend. As they work out various non-issues over the length of the river, telling stories and drinking beer, they meet up with some Japanese tourists for a wonderfully nonsensical, brutally morbid turn of events that can never be fully explained with words that make any sense. I'd say you need to see it, but even that probably won't help. — Louis Fowler


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