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Ge­nius Within: The In­ner Life of

Glenn Gould A thought­ful, con­fi­dent, com­pletely en­gross­ing doc­u­men­tary about a cul­tural fig­ure ev­ery bit as iconic as Jim Mor­ri­son or James Dean. Work­ing with a for­mi­da­ble amount of archival footage as well as in­ter­views with the pi­anist and all the sig­nif­i­cant fig­ures in his life who are still alive, in­clud­ing many who have never spo­ken be­fore, the film­mak­ers suc­ceed in giv­ing us Gould whole. (K.Tu., Sept. 24) (1:49) NR.

Heart­breaker Slick en­ter­tain­ment is rarely as suc­cess­ful as this French ro­man­tic farce star­ring Ro­main Duris and Vanessa Par­adis. Given that Hollywood has all but for­got­ten how to turn out adult amuse­ments of this type, it’s es­pe­cially wel­come. (K.Tu., Sept. 10) In French with English sub­ti­tles. (1:45) NR.

Last Train Home The wrench­ing hu­man cost of the Chi­nese eco­nomic mir­a­cle is beau­ti­fully ex­plored in an ex­cep­tional doc­u­men­tary. (K.Tu., Sept. 17) (1:27) NR.

Never Let Me Go Go­ing de­fi­antly against the grain of a hy­per­bolic movie cul­ture, this film is pas­sion­ate about de­lib­er­a­tion and re­straint. Star­ring Carey Mul­li­gan, An­drew Garfield and Keira Knight­ley, the A Team of young Bri­tish act­ing tal­ent, and based on the Kazuo Isig­uro novel, this mov­ing and provoca­tive film ini­tially un­set­tles, then dis­turbs, and fi­nally haunts you well into the night. (K.Tu., Sept. 15) (1:43) R.

The Till­man Story Com­pelling, com­pas­sion­ate and ter­ri­bly mov­ing, this po­tent doc­u­men­tary will make you an­gry as well as sad. Even if you know what hap­pened to Pat Till­man in broad out­line, the specifics are shock­ing, and be­ing able to ac­tu­ally see the prin­ci­pals and watch as the lay­ers get peeled away like an onion is frankly dev­as­tat­ing. (K.Tu., Aug. 20) (1:34) NR.

The Town Ben Af­fleck and Re­becca Hall com­bine forces to ex­cel­lent ef­fect in this fast-paced char­ac­ter-driven heist movie that com­bines rob­beries with ro­mance and so­lid­i­fies Af­fleck’s rep­u­ta­tion as an ac­tor with a gen­uine gift for di­rect­ing. (K.Tu., Sept. 17) (2:05) R.

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