Filmmaker Tyrone D. Dixon celebrates the lively culture of urban jam skating, where participants strap on old-school-style roller skates and hit the rink to show off their dance-inspired moves. Dixon also examines the sport's history, its funk and R&B music and its different regional incarnations -- such as the Detroit Open House style -- but the real joy comes from seeing these skilled skaters get down with it out on the hardwood floor.
Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare -- in this lush epic set in the 1870s, which finds Algren learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them.
Four boyhood pals perform a heroic act and are changed by the powers they gain in return. Years later, on a hunting trip in the Maine woods, they're overtaken by a vicious blizzard that harbors an ominous presence.
Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.