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Chasing Madoff (NR)

MPI Media/Cohen Media

Securities analyst Harry Markopolos is a goddamned American hero. In this revealing and insanely entertaining documentary, he says he was just doing what any good citizen would do, but I'm not so sure. See, Harry discovered the notorious Ponzi scheme, the largest fraud case in world history, run by Bernard Madoff. Only he discovered it a decade before anyone else. In that time, he tried to alert everyone, from newspapers to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and nobody listened. Chasing Madoff is scarier than any horror movie, featuring real victims of Madoff, regular Joes who gave the creep their life savings, and the real men who brought him down ... even if by 2008, it was far too late. — Louis Fowler

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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (PG)

New Video Group

I'm in the tank for Elmo. A beloved figure all over the world, Sesame Street's furry red monster has staked a claim to hearts of all ages. Being Elmo, director Constance Marks' tribute to the purity of soul within Kevin Clash, the 51-year-old puppeteer who inherited Jim Henson's crowd, pays tribute to Elmo's power. Using jaw-dropping early footage of Clash learning his trade as a teen wunderkind, the film explores how he went from fashioning his own Muppets out of his father's coat to creating a worldwide phenomenon. Check out the extra interviews, which integrate certain cutting-room-floor scenes with commentary and context, including Clash's visit to a Kansas town devastated by a tornado, where he meets with a woman whose young daughter was buried with her Elmo. — Justin Strout

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Die: Unrated Director's Cut (NR)

Entertainment One

Another day, another low-budget Saw rip-off. The difference is how cleverly director Dominic James makes well-worn trope fresh and exciting. Six disparate people, all still traveling to further self-destruction after botched suicide attempts, find themselves trapped in a glass cage with weird dots burned into their wrists. One by one, the calm and collected game-master has them roll the dice to win their lives. Losers face ironic implements of torture to force them to atone. It follows the formula methodically, with wince-inducing traps and a very jiggered morality, yet the tone is less mythological than Saw. Consider it an unofficial companion piece worthy of sequels. — Louis Fowler


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