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March 3, 2013

Also in theaters: Short film reviews

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‘Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary’

A documentary about Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and radio journalist convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and who has garnered international support as an activist behind bars. Directed by Stephen Vittoria. (2 hrs.) NR.

‘Phantom’

During the Cold War, the captain of a Soviet submarine is rushed into a classified mission and challenged by a rogue KGB group intent on seizing the shipâs nuclear missile. With Ed Harris, David Duchovny and William Fichtner. Written and directed by Todd Robinson. (1:37) R.

‘A Place at the Table’

A documentary examining hunger in the U.S. through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity. Directed by Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson. (1:24) PG.

‘Stoker’

When a young woman’s father dies in a car accident, an uncle she never knew existed comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother, and she finds herself increasingly infatuated with him. With Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman. Written by Wentworth Miller. Directed by Park Chan-wook. (1:40) R.

‘The Sweeney’

Two members of Scotland Yard’s elite flying squad unit will stop at nothing to take down an old enemy who has recently reappeared in London. With Ray Winstone, Damian Lewis and Hayley Atwell. Written and directed by Nick Love. (1:52) R.

‘Bestiaire’

A wordless documentary observing a variety of animals and their human handlers at the Parc Safari animal sanctuary in Quebec. Directed by Denis Cote. (1:12) NR.

‘Bless Me, Ultima’

A boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II befriends a mysterious healer who comes to live with his family and encourages him to question his strict upbringing. With Miriam Colon, Luke Ganalon and Dolores Heredia. Written and directed by Carl Franklin. (1:42) PG-13.

‘Caesar Must Die’

In this docudrama, prisoners of Rome’s Rebibbia penitentiary rehearse for a stage production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” With Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano and Giovanni Arcuri. Written and directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani. In Italian with English subtitles. (1:16) NR.

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