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Between Us

Between Us

In the trying relationship drama Between Us, a thirtysomething couple addresses commitment pressures with a childish display: a discussion about marriage builds to frenzied chanting and flailing dancing that dissolves into exhausted giggles.

Born to Be Blue

Born to Be Blue

The Chet Baker portrayed by Ethan Hawke in Robert Budreau’s misty biopic Born to Be Blue is midway between beauty and ruin. Behind him are the 1950s, when the jazz trumpeter and vocalist was the epitome of California cool. Ahead are two peripatetic decades of scattershot gigs and recording sessions.

Any Day Now

Any Day Now

Any Day Now is built on two certainties: Rudy Donatello (Alan Cumming) and Paul Fleiger (Garret Dillahunt) never question their ability to care for Marco (Isaac Leyva), a teenager with Down syndrome; and director/co-writer Travis Fine asserts that gay couples make excellent adoptive parents, even before it’s legal.

The Exiles

The Exiles

Kent Mackenzie had an astute eye and a strong social conscience, and 1961’s The Exiles is a stunning example of social realism and aesthetic audacity, capturing 12 hours in the hardscrabble, hard-drinking lives of Native Americans in Los Angeles.