Instant Gratification: “The Act of Killing” and four other good movies to watch on Netflix Instant

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Pick of the week: The Act of KillingMy full review is here. The best documentary of 2013 is Joshua Oppenheimer’s brutal and fascinating look at the perpetrators of atrocities in Indonesia, now happily living in late middle age. Oppenheimer invites the men to recreate their crimes as if they were characters in a movie, and the result is a chilling look at how individuals and nations process shameful memories.

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Body-switching Germans and garbage truck ballets at Tales From Planet Earth

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“I want to thank Tales for being the kind of festival that will play both ‘Chasing Ice’ and ‘Planet of the Apes,'” filmmaker and Tales From Planet Earth film festival programmer Alex Rivera said (according to the festival’s Twitter feed) on the festival’s opening night on Friday.

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