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Revenge of the Electric Car (PG-13)


A victory lap is never much fun to watch, especially when it's an irritating muckraker like Chris Paine doing the jogging. Paine's conspiracy-minded 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? presaged the automotive collapse by a mile, and asked the questions to which nobody wanted the depressing answers. Paine's sequel finds a newly chastened industry reeling from its past mistakes and struggling to meet the public's environmentally friendly demands. Where the last film focused on GM vice chairman Bob Lutz, Revenge finds its best material in the all-or-nothing big dreaming of Elon Musk, the Steve Jobs of electric cars whose company, Tesla Motors, might revolutionize the world if it doesn't go broke first. Musk's chutzpah charges Revenge, but as one interviewee notes, "This is like the second act" of the electric car. The story's far from over, even if we might wish it were. — Justin Strout


Undocumented (NR)

IFC Films

What Kevin Smith's Red State did for Westboro Baptist Church, this found-footage horror flick does for the Minutemen. You may remember them as rednecks protecting our borders from dangerous illegal immigrants — purveyors of racism operating under the guise of patriotism. Here, their red-white-and-blue fervor is taken to scary extremes. A group of kids go undercover to film a documentary about Mexicans trying to get into America. When the coyote's trailer is hijacked by a group of militant right-wing nutcases, the filmmakers capture the brutality and "justice" the extremists carry out in an effort to keep our country safe. Director Chris Peckover goes beyond what could've been just another torture-porn movie by infusing it with so much scathing commentary that it's impossible to even think of it as a genre film. Consider it more of a wake-up call. — Louis Fowler


The Double (PG-13)

Image Entertainment

The Double is an extremely silly, mostly confusing, but highly watchable espionage thriller starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace, who'll always be That '70s Show's Eric Forman, no matter how hard he tries. And that's probably the selling point of the movie: Even in a serious role as a hotshot young FBI profiler tasked with taking down a notorious Russian assassin, Grace still delivers every line with so much of the same smart-ass inflection, you almost expect Gere to go all Red Forman on him and call him a "dumbass." It makes for a hilarious viewing experience. Other than that, the movie has the same basic "Is he or isn't he?" twists that we've come to expect from these types of spy flicks, with very few new ideas to offer. Might explain why few of us had even heard of it before. In that regard it's a decent rental, but for the novelty factor? Comedy gold. — Louis Fowler

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