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Nostalgia for the Light

Super-relaxed and meditative documentary about a desert in Chile, where astronomers ponder big questions and old ladies look for bones of loved ones. At the Cinematheque at 7:50 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, and 9:10 p.m. Saturday, June 25.— Michael Gallucci


Two South Koreans fall in love during the 17th century. Things don't end well. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22.

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

Documentary about the talk-show host's tumultuous 2010. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

The Double Hour

A young couple meets cute. Then things turn ugly in this Italian film-fest winner. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee.

Le Quattro Volte

Portrait of an old Italian goatherder who does his thing in a small village. And by his thing, we mean "herds goats." Cinematheque. At 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 9:40 p.m. Friday, June 24, and 7:20 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

Putty Hill

After a young guy dies from a drug overdose, his family and friends try to put their lives back together. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Friday, June 24.

The Soft Skin

Truffaut's 1964 film about a married man's affair with a sky waitress is one of his smaller-scale movies. Cinematheque. At 7:20 p.m. Friday, June 24, and 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

In a country where pop-culture frenzy comes and goes faster than summer, it's easy to forget that a little more than a year ago, late-night TV viewers were picking sides in what became the feud of 2010. In this documentary chronicling that period, a bearded Conan O'Brien sprints (and at times stumbles) through a shotgun 32-city tour following his termination from The Tonight Show. Shot during a period when he was contractually prohibited from appearing on TV, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop takes an intimate look at the comedian during a point in his life where he's frustrated, confused, and decidedly unfunny. "I don't know where my home is," he admits in one of the movie's most telling moments. Can't Stop neither inspires nor offends; it's simpler than that. It avoids becoming a Team Coco love letter and acts instead as a stripped-down portrait of a man who just can't sit still. Appropriately, it's in his most frantic moments that O'Brien is at his funniest. Cameos from Eddie Vedder and Jon Hamm keep things light, but it's clear that O'Brien is happiest in front of an audience. And it looks an awful lot like home. (Lydia Munnell)

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