A doobie in hand -- along with some munchables, of course -- might aid viewing of "California, 90420," an unfocused documentary that touches on marijuana legalization and other concrete issues, but…
Intermittently appealing but overly familiar, reality TV-style docu "Fame High" follows a quartet of talented students at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
"Ballroom Dancer" follows onetime World Latin Dance champion Slavik Kryklyvyy as he tries to recapture his former glory.
"Glee" thesp Chris Colfer plays another precociously creative and snark-slinging high schooler in "Struck by Lightning," a mediocre coming-of-age indie.
A touching cameo turn by Tippi Hedren is the sole benefit of "Free Samples," a pathetically inept comedy-drama about a hungover law-school dropout's humiliating stint in a Los Angeles ice-cream truck.
The intensely disturbing prospect of death by blood-sucking arachnid only faintly comes through in Gabriel Medina's meek and mild "The Vampire Spider."
Filmmaker Celina Murga applies her sensitive, observant perspective on young people's behavior and thoughts to her superb foray into nonfiction, "Normal School."
The film does all it can to maintain an objective perspective on the Texas textbook battle, but always stays one unsteady step away from hysteria.
Inevitably best suited to fans, docu follows two of the last Major League Baseball pitchers who, at the time the pic was shot, continued to throw from their fingertips.
"Future Weather" integrates a green message into an emotional drama about intergenerational female conflict.
"Portrait of Wally" isn't just about stolen art: It's about cultural skulduggery, political sleaze, institutional hypocrisy and the virtues of persistence.