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Essential Killing Skeevy actor Vincent Gallo stars in this new movie by Jerzy Skolimowski, who co-wrote Knife in the Water, the breakthrough film from Roman Polanski. Not enough controversy for you? How about this: Gallo plays a Taliban fighter who killed some Americans. He's captured, sent to a detention center, then escapes into the snowy wilderness. At the Cinematheque at 7 p.m. Friday, June 30, and 9:55 p.m. Friday, July 1. — Michael Gallucci

Buck

Documentary about the real-life cowboy who inspired The Horse Whisperer (yes, his name is Buck). It was a hit at Sundance. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee. See review.

Chihwaseon (Painted Fire)

Biopic about a 19th-century Korean painter who just wanted to do his thing during his country's political unrest. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29.

Permanent Vacation

Jim Jarmusch's first movie, about a New York City slacker. Cinematheque. At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2.

Queen to Play

Kevin Kline stars in this new French film about a hotel maid who becomes obsessed with playing chess. Cinematheque. At 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, and 7:05 p.m. Saturday, July 2.

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