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History is too important a subject to be left to the movies, especially given that most of what we “know” about the past is shaped by the silver screen. Aftermath provoked enormous controversy when it was released in Poland by people who had some familiarity with the events on which it was based. That’s a good thing: such arguments flesh out a story, and even an imprecisely told story can be a seed that grows into something more meaningful. For international audiences, who are far less likely to have any other exposure to the case, Aftermath will probably be taken at face value as a historical expose.

Begin Again

It’s fair to assume that the Irish filmmaker John Carney succeeded beyond his wildest dreams with his 2006 film Once, about an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant who meet and record an album in Dublin. I don’t know the man and can’t say for sure what his dreams were, but given the small scale (and budget) of that little movie, it’s fair to say he wasn’t expecting it to become the indie film hit of the year, an Oscar winner, and the basis for a Broadway play that won 8 Tony Awards.

Third Person

Those of you—certainly there are some?—mourning the fact that it’s been so long since Christopher Nolan has delivered one of his complicated brainteasers of a movie will have to make do this summer with Third Person, which spends two hours and ten minutes challenging you to figure out how the various story threads you see on screen are related to each other.

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