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Act of Valor, Nicolae Ceausescu, The Bride Wore Black, Gone, Good Deeds, and Hula Girls

ACT OF VALOR

A number of “active-duty Navy SEALs” star in an “inspired by true events” military action/adventure yarn filmed like the biggest-budget recruiting film ever, or maybe an extended preview of the next Call of Duty game.

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Opens Feb. 24.

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUSESCU

Director Andrei Ujica’s sui generis film boils more than a thousand hours of official footage of the late Romanian Communist autocrat into a three-hour documentary-as-mosaic-portrait of an ordinary man amassing and wielding extraordinary power.

THE BRIDE WORE BLACK

François Truffaut does Hitchcock, sorta, as a young woman (Jeanne Moreau) systematically murders the men who made her a widow.

GONE

Amanda Seyfried goes all late-period Liam Neeson as she goes after abducted her sister’s abductor. Also, ’80s hot thing/straight-to-video staple Michael Paré is in this movie. Is he gonna be a thing now?

Opens Feb. 24.

GOOD DEEDS

Tyler Perry not only wrote and directed this new romcom, he stars as a suit who falls for a member of his office building’s cleaning crew (Thandie Newton).

Opens Feb. 24.

HULA GIRLS

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In this acclaimed 2006 Japanese film, women in a small industrial town attempt to turn its fortunes around through Hawaiian hula dancing. Part of the Bridges to the World film series ongoing at various local universities.

"POWER TO THE PEOPLE"

The Double Vision film series offers a potent installment in its ongoing run of pairing documentaries with fictional features on related subjects. This week it’s Robert Downey Sr.’s potent 1969 sociopolitical satire

Putney Swope

and the phenomenal 2011 documentary

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

, a compendium of footage of African-American radicals and civil rights strivers as captured by Swedish (!) film crews.

TOURNÉES FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CINEMA

Johns Hopkins University is sponsoring its third annual festival/screening series devoted to contemporary French film, beginning this week with Sylvain Chomet’s

The Illusionist

(Feb. 28) and Jacques Audiard’s

A Prophet

(Feb. 29). See

for a complete rundown of titles and dates.

WANDERLUST

It’s like some kind of awesome/suck romcom dream team: Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as yuppies who try to shuck their stressful lives by going back to the land on a commune. Coming down firmly on the awesome side is the involvement of

Wet Hot American Summer

/

The State

’s David Wain (who co-wrote and directed) and various familiar

WHAS

/

State

faces (Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Kerri Kenney).

Opens Feb. 24.

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