Nominated for a 2009 Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, "Ajami" is a powerful crime drama set on the mean streets of Jaffa's Ajami neighborhood — a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians. The lives of two brothers fearing assassination; a young refugee working illegally to cover his mother's medical expenses; and a cop obsessed with finding his missing brother all intersect in this sprawling ensemble drama. "For all of its stories, characters, and perspectives, 'Ajami' is essentially a sustained gaze into a widening, all-encompassing trap," wrote Eric Hynes in his review of the film for Indiewire. "Life is cheap, death is random, and no one is safe."
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You can always count on Danish journalist/filmmaker Mads Brügger to stir the pot. In the award-winning documentary that put him on the map, "The Red Chapel," Brügger headed to North Korea with two Danish-Korean comedians under the guise of a cultural exchange to show what life is really like for the country's citizens. With his follow-up "The Ambassador," which played at the Sundance Film Festival in January, he makes his way to the Central African Republic posing as a Liberian consul to show what happens when a very white European man buys his way into being a diplomat in one of Central Africa's most failed nations.
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From the director of the much-beloved state trooper comedy "Super Troopers," Jay Chandrasekhar, comes his latest, "The Babymakers." Though nowhere near as wild as his breakout feature, "Babymakers" still makes for a rowdy time thanks to an outlandish plot that centers on a couple (Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn) who, after struggling to get pregnant, decide that the best course of action is to repossess his previous sperm deposit. What a great idea! The film also stars Constance Zimmer, comedian Kevin Heffernan and "The Talk" host Aisha Tyler.
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