BUDRUS

Director Julia Bacha’s 2009 documentary follows Palestinian Ayed Morrar in his efforts to unite disparate people and political organizations to save his Budrus home from being cut off from the occupied territories by an Israeli security barrier. The trailer alone is moving and inspiring.

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Screens at MICA's Brown Center's Falvey Hall Feb. 23 at 7:30

p.m.

DRIVE ANGRY

Shut up: Sure, modern pulp director Patrick Lussier’s latest actioner—in which a man (Nicolas Cage) comes back from hell to avenge something or other

and

drive muscle cars—sounds like the worst clichés from Cage’s career all rolled into one movie. But with William Fichtner starring as Satan’s ass-kicking/soul-taking Jeeves, Amber Heard doing whatever, and a trailer that actually claims “all hell breaks loose,” this could be one of the 21st century’s yardsticks for unrepentant crap—in 3D.

Opens Feb. 25.

HALL PASS

Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, and Christina Applegate star in this Farrelly brothers comedy about couples giving each other permission to sleep around—and, you know, if you’re going to be slutty, aim high.

Opens Feb. 25.

MR. BJARNFREDARSON

Director Ragnar Bragason’s 2009 Icelandic comedy/drama stars Jón Gnarr as an adult man, recently paroled from prison, who is trying his best to fit into contemporary society having been raised a vegetarian feminist communist by a rather stridently militant mother.

Screens at the Charles Theater Feb. 24 at 7

p.m

. as part of the Taste of Iceland events.

NORA'S WILL

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This unexpectedly amusing and moving Mexican movie offers a slice-of-life portrait of a Jewish family after Nora (Silvia Mariscal) kills herself—having tried many times before—just before Passover, when everybody was coming together anyway. So even in death—because, you know, she can’t be buried for a few days—Nora has thought of everything, planning the seder and leaving a series of notes, and her body, for her ex-husband to find.

Screens as part of the Bridges to the World International Film Festival at Towson University's Van Bokkelen Hall Feb. 25 at 7

p.m

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