Programming the Nation

A documentary about the history of subliminal messaging in American media, politics and pop culture. With Amy Goodman, David Fricke and Wilson Bryan Key. Directed by Jeff Warrick. International Film Circuit

Puncture

Two small-time lawyers — a functioning drug addict and his by-the-book partner — take on a case that has them challenging the pharmaceutical industry. With Chris Evans, Mark Kassen, Vinessa Shaw and Jesse L. Martin. Written by Chris Lopata. Directed by Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen. Millennium Entertainment

The Weird World of Blowfly

This documentary tells the story of the musician Clarence Reid, a fixture of the Miami soul scene in the 1960s and '70s who moonlights as a profane rapper. Directed by Jonathan Furmanski. Variance Films

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50/50

When a young man is diagnosed with cancer, he and his best friend try to cope with the shock. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard. Written by Will Reiser. Directed by Jonathan Levine. Summit Entertainment

American Teacher

A documentary following four teachers working in different areas of the country and at different points in their careers. With Erik Benner, Jonathan Dearman, Jamie Fidler and Rhena Jasey. Narrated by Matt Damon. Directed by Vanessa Roth. First Run Features

Bunraku

A mysterious drifter and a Japanese warrior join forces to take down a ruthless villain. With Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson and Gackt. Written and directed by Guy Moshe. Arc Entertainment

Connected

This documentary explores notions of what it means to be connected in the 21st century. Written by Tiffany Shlain, Ken Goldberg, Carlton Evans and Sawyer Steele. Directed by Shlain. Paladin

Courageous

Four dedicated law-enforcement officers vow to become better fathers and renew their faith after a tragedy in their community. With Ken Bevel, Kevin Downes, Ben Davies and T.C. Stallings. Written by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick. Directed by Alex Kendrick. TriStar Pictures

Dream House

A high-powered New York publisher quits his job and moves his family to a quaint New England town, only to discover their new home was once a grisly murder scene, and they might be the killer's next targets. With Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz and Marton Csokas. Written by David Loucka. Directed by Jim Sheridan. Universal Pictures

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