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AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY Credit: Terence Nance/Variance Films

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45 Minutes from Broadway The irrepressible Henry Jaglom returns with this play within a movie that is supposed to be a celebration of the art of acting but is in fact an exercise in overacting. The bogus Chekhovian scenario involves a family of histrionic thespians thrown into even more chaos by the return home of an estranged daughter and her “normal” fiancé. (106 min., R) (Peter Keough)

Dirty Wars Ostensibly an expose of the activities of the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command in Afghanistan and elsewhere, this documentary feels a lot more like a valentine. The recipient is investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, who narrates and co-wrote the film. (86 min., unrated) (Mark Feeney)

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