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Liberal Arts (PG-13)

IFC Films

Josh Radnor is two-for-two in my book, and not in a good way. The How I Met Your Mother star directed one of 2010's worst films, twee-drama Happythankyoumoreplease. He doesn't fare much better with his latest manic pixie dream-girl masturbation fantasy Liberal Arts, starring himself and current it-girl Elizabeth Olsen. Radnor plays basically the same character: a developmentally arrested 30-something who refuses to grow up until the last 10 minutes. He's an overly educated New York admissions advisor who falls under the pseudo-bewitching charms of undergrad Olsen and her cloying hipsterdom. What makes Radnor's films so unwatchable is his lack of self-awareness; he thinks he's more insightful than he really is, believing his Ed Burns-lite stock-sitcom plots are some sort of doorway into the male psyche. — Louis Fowler

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Being Human: The Complete Second Season (NR)

Entertainment One

A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost walk into a bar ... scratch that — lease a Boston apartment together. The punchline? It's no joke. Rather, this adaptation of BBC's still-running series borrows warmly familiar, season-wide story arcs from Angel, Supernatural and other American genre institutions and throws them in with comically mundane "flatshare" humor of the BBC world. The result is an always surprising, often silly show whose cast, unlike many other Syfy channel potential breakouts, is a distinct credit to the production. The big breakout this year: werewolf Josh, played by Sam Huntington. The finale reveals an all-new side to him that I can't wait to explore when the new season kicks off this month. — Justin Strout

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Red Hook Summer (R)

Image Entertainment

Spike Lee is typically his own worst enemy. He's an undeniable genius, making powerful, enthralling films that are always the best film you've seen all year ... until they embarrassingly fall apart in the final 20 minutes. I'm not sure what artistic point Lee's trying to make with these endings, but it's no wonder that his latest in the "Chronicles of Brooklyn" series, Red Hook Summer, received very limited theatrical screenings. The first two hours are masterful: Middle-class kid Flik is sent to live with his Bible-thumping grandfather, Enoch, in Brooklyn's Red Hook housing projects. As he deals with constant proselytizing, gang violence and first love, the dichotomy between Flik and Enoch is palpable ... until Lee introduces a twist so inane that it negates every single thing that came before it. — Louis Fowler


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