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'Walking with the Enemy' stumbles, but doesn't fall

Good intentions and a good back story don't necessarily lead to good filmmaking but, in the case of "Walking with the Enemy," they certainly help. Sometimes awkward and melodramatic, the debut film from director Mark Schmidt nevertheless derives strength from its little-known true-life story of Holocaust heroism.

A different kind of Adam & Eve story

Although Jim Jarmusch's sly and seductive vampire movie, "Only Lovers Left Alive," begins with gothic crimson-on-black titles in the vein (sorry) of vintage Hammer horror, this story of two very old souls who suck on O negative Popsicles is, in many ways, more about the life-sustaining force of music than any hankering for blood.

Capsule reviews of feature films

ALAN PARTRIDGE 2 1/2 stars. Steve Coogan imports his long-running stock comic character to the U.S. Partridge, a small-town British DJ, is a vainglorious twit. In this thin feature he gets caught up in a siege at his station that goes on far, far too long. 1 hr. 30 R (profanity, violence, nudity) - David Hiltbrand

'Brick Mansions' is no way for Paul Walker to bow out

The late Paul Walker wasn't a great actor, but within a narrow corner of the action genre, he was the guy who got the job done. A vulnerable tough guy who could hold his own in stunt brawls and car chases, an actor who said "Bro" like he meant it, he will be missed.