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The new documentary “Murf the Surf: Jewels, Jesus, and Mayhem in the USA,” premiering February 5, 2023, on MGM+, tells the true story of how surfer dude Jack “Murf the Surf” Murphy became a true-crime celebrity.

South African filmmaker Kurt Orderson’s “Apetown,” one of 20 projects selected for this year’s CineMart, the co-production market at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, describes it as a “hard-hitting love letter to Cape Town.” The film is a South African urban story “weaving together hip-hop, graffiti, segregation and camaraderie,” told…

A couple of times over in “When It Melts,” the directorial debut of Belgian actor Veerle Baetens, Eva, played as a morose, withdrawn adult by Charlotte De Bruyne, looks at a photograph of herself as a 13-year-old. In the picture, child-Eva (Sundance prizewinner Rosa Marchant) is grinning a lopsided, optimistic…

A strained and ponderous story with stratospheric delusions of grandeur.

A strained and ponderous story with stratospheric delusions of grandeur.

A strained and ponderous story with stratospheric delusions of grandeur.

A strained and ponderous story with stratospheric delusions of grandeur.

A strained and ponderous story with stratospheric delusions of grandeur.

A strained and ponderous story with stratospheric delusions of grandeur.

A strained and ponderous story with stratospheric delusions of grandeur.

A strained and ponderous story with stratospheric delusions of grandeur.

A strained and ponderous story with stratospheric delusions of grandeur.