“CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS,” starring Werner Herzog and Dominique Baffier. In recent years, acclaimed filmmaker Herzog has turned his attentions at least partly to making distinctive and probing documentaries, such as this gorgeously shot and informative peek inside the Chauvet caves of southern France, home to what are reportedly the oldest known drawings by humans. Wisely keeping the focus on the artwork, Herzog originally filmed “Cave” in 3D to convey how the paintings interplay with the contours of the rock, but even sans the added dimension, this is a beautiful and exclusive opportunity to witness a rarely glimpsed chapter of our history. Rated G. Running time: 1:30

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“ONE DAY,” starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Based on the popular novel by Davis Nicholls, “One Day” is a refreshingly honest and affectingly simple look at the on-again, off-again relationship between Emma (Hathaway) and Dexter (Sturgess), who meet on the night of their college graduation and continue to run into other from there, getting together and growing apart in a will-they-won’t-they scenario developed far more organically and believably than most of its ilk. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:47

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“OUR IDIOT BROTHER,” starring Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks. The always enjoyable Rudd gets to branch out a bit from his usual sardonic characters with his winning portrayal of Ned, the “Idiot Brother” in question, whose naive outlook and questionable decisions irritate his siblings (Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer) to no end. Naturally, lessons are learned and understandings are reached, but the witty script and thoroughly engaging performances prevent things from getting too formulaic. Rated R. Running time: 1:30

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“30 MINUTES OR LESS,” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari. A pair of none-too-swift would-be criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) organize an ill-advised heist that involves strapping a bomb to a hapless pizza delivery boy (Eisenberg) and forcing him to rob a bank alongside his motor-mouthed friend (Ansari). Once again, director Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”) delights in lending a comic tone to a grim situation, and while “30 Minutes” doesn’t quite reach the hilarious heights attained by his debut, the excellent cast and awkward situations make for a raucous good time. Rated R. Running time: 1:23

Suggested retail price: $30.99; Blu-ray $35.99

“THE ART OF GETTING BY,” starring Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts. Familiar but likable coming-of-age drama pairs all-grown-up child stars Highmore (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) and Roberts (“Nancy Drew”) as disenfranchised high school seniors forging a relationship of sorts amidst the environments and people that bore them daily. Running time: 1:23.

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“CHILLERAMA,” starring Richard Riehle and Ray Wise. Proudly juvenile and gross, yet clever and energetic enough to temper its indulgent nature, this anything-goes tribute to the horror and exploitation fare of yesteryear is an anthology of short films (directed by Adam Green, Adam Rifkin and Tim Sullivan) in the horror-comedy “Tales from the Crypt” vein. Here, that involves giant sperm, gay werebears and most enjoyably the very un-PC “Diary of Anne Frankenstein.” Fans of “South Park” and Troma flicks are the most likely target audience. Not rated; contains graphic violence and gore, language, and sexual content. Running time: 2:00

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“HORROR EXPRESS,” starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Good old-fashioned horror fun from 1972, in which an unfrozen caveman wreaks havoc on a trainload of unsuspecting passengers, including veterans Lee and Cushing as well as Kojak himself, Mr. Telly Savalas. By turns funny and scary, “Horror Express” is unpretentious B-movie fun of the highest order. Rated PG. Running time: 1:31

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“NOW & LATER,” starring Shari Solanis and James Wortham. Sex and politics make surprisingly erotic bedfellows in this uneven but undeniably scorching drama from Phillipe Diaz, which pairs an unscrupulous banker (newcomer Wortham) on the run from the law with an illegal immigrant (Solanis, also a first-timer) who agrees to shelter him in her apartment. What happens from there is chiefly made up of graphic sex and profound discussion, so those looking for the thriller plot seemingly promised by the setup will likely be disappointed. However, viewers looking for a thoughtful character study (or a steamy date movie, at that) should find more than enough to provoke and titillate. Not rated; contains graphic sexual content, nudity and language. Running time: 1:39

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“ANOTHER EARTH,” starring Brit Marling and William Mapother. There aren’t a lot of independent sci-fi flicks on the shelves, but a low-tech approach to a high-tech subject can often be very enlightening, and this conceptually complex drama from director Mike Cahill is fairly mind-blowing in its ambitions, not to mention how frequently it realizes them. For most filmmakers, the story of a tragic accident and how it plays into the relationship between a student and a brilliant composer would be enough to sustain a film, but Cahill stages this drama against the backdrop of the recent discovery of a duplicate Earth in our solar system — a celebrated phenomenon that becomes less so once it’s discovered that its trajectory is aimed straight at us. Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, some sexuality and brief drug use. Running time: 1:32

Suggested retail price: $39.99; Blu-ray $39.99

– Courtesy of Videoport


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