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A hit throughout Southeast Asia when it was released last year, "Ong Bak 2" is a throwback to the kung fu flicks of a previous generation. First-rate action scenes alternate with florid melodrama, and jaw-dropping stunts try to compensate for saccharine plot twists.
Full of obvious good intentions, "Kassim the Dream" tells the story of Kassim Ouma's journey from Ugandan child soldier to boxing champion. A natural for fight fans, the film suffers from a rambling narrative that leaves too many loose ends.
Assembled from footage shot surreptitiously on handycams, "Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country" provides a frightening glimpse into a repressive regime.