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The advertising tagline should have tipped me off: "You'll Pay for This." >More
 The Devil Came on Horseback

Part of what makes this Darfur documentary such an interesting twist on the usual crisis-zone media alerts is Brian Steidle's wavering between hope and hopelessness, his own struggle to figure out what to do about the genocide he bore witness to. >More
 In the Shadow of the Moon

"My god, that little thing is so fragile out there." That's what Michael Collins remembers thinking as he looked back at Earth on his way to the moon. >More
 Wake up, goddamnit

After his sojourns in Rwanda and Darfur, Don Cheadle must have been looking around for a movie that didn't also serve as a humanitarian mission. And he's found one in Talk to Me, Kasi Lemmons' jive-talkin' biopic of Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, the flamboyant ex-con whose morning radio show on KWOL put the funk in Washington D.C.'s trunk back in the late '60s and early '70s. >More
 Curse of the Golden Flower

Settings, costumes and some dazzling action sequences steal the show >More
 51 Birch Street

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 Hot rocks

It's well written, well directed, well acted and shot entirely in Africa. Just don't expect to learn very much about the circumstances under which Sierra Leone, potentially one of the wealthiest countries in Africa, instead became the poorest in the world, thanks in large part to a civil war notorious for its brutality. >More
 The Nativity Story

Mel, what hath thou wrought? The unprecedented success of Mad Max's The Passion of the Christ is going to bring down a plague of Bible movies, and the first major one to arrive is The Nativity Story, a rather straightforward account of the events surrounding Jesus' birth. >More
 The Empire in Africa

Directed by Philippe Diaz, this has to be the most painful experience I've ever had watching a movie, with footage of mutilated corpses, men being shot at point-blank range and children being tortured. >More
 The God squad

I went to church camp once and had a grand old time until the last night, when all of a sudden everybody wanted to know whether I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior. I lied, said I did. And I was reminded of that while watching Jesus Camp, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's revealing documentary about the process by which Evangelical Christianity reproduces itself. >More
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