A somber young man who has recently lost his parents in an accident meets and falls for a charming young woman with terminal cancer. With Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska, Ryo Kase and Schuyler Fisk. Written by Jason Lew. Directed by Gus Van Sant. Sony Pictures Classics

Shut Up Little Man!

A documentary exploring the cult phenomenon that sprang from two San Francisco punks recording the profane bickering of their feuding alcoholic neighbors in the late 1980s. With Eddie Lee Sausage, Mitch Deprey and Daniel Clowes. Written and directed by Matthew Bate. Tribeca Film

Special Treatment

A high-end prostitute strikes a deal with a psychoanalyst to trade her professional expertise for his. With Isabelle Huppert, Bouli Lanners and Sabila Moussadek. Written by Richard Debuisne and Jeanne Labrune. Directed by Labrune. In French with English subtitles. First Run Features

Straw Dogs

When a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife return to her small hometown in the South to prepare the family home for sale after her father's death, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts with the locals reemerge. With James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård and Dominic Purcell. Written and directed by Rod Lurie. Screen Gems

We Were Here

This documentary examines and reflects upon the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. Directed by David Weissman and Bill Weber. Red Flag Releasing

The Whale

This documentary tells the story of an orca separated from its pod near British Columbia who unexpectedly finds a surrogate family in the people of Nootka Sound. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds. Directed by Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm. Paladin

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A young man who has always felt disconnected from his life begins to piece together his true identity, but he is soon targeted by assassins and must fight to survive. With Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina and Jason Isaacs. Written by Shawn Christensen. Directed by John Singleton. Lionsgate

Archie's Final Project

For his final high school video project, a student declares that he will film his own suicide, throwing the school and community into chaos. With Gabriel Sunday, Brooke Nevin, David Carradine and Joe Mantegna. Written by Sunday, Eric J. Adams and David Lee Miller. Directed by Miller. Big Air Studio

Berlin 36

In 1936, as the Berlin Olympics are approaching, the Nazi government conspires to prevent Germany's best female high jumper, who is Jewish, from competing. With Karoline Herfurth, Sebastian Urzendowsky and Axel Prahl. Written by Lothar Kurzawa. Directed by Kaspar Heidelbach. In English and German with English subtitles. Corinth Films

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

This documentary about the black-power movement in the U.S. combines archival footage shot by Swedish journalists in the 1960s and '70s with audio interviews of contemporary black artists and activists. With Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale and Angela Davis. Directed by Goran Hugo Olsson. Sundance Selects