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Critics’ picks: Mexican indie film at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

A Monster with A Thousand Heads Sebastián Aguirre, Noé Hernández and Emilio Echevarría.
A Monster with A Thousand Heads Sebastián Aguirre, Noé Hernández and Emilio Echevarría. Courtesy of Music Box Films

1 A Monster With a Thousand Heads: This indie film from Mexico, playing at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth beginning Friday , takes a situation everyone can relate to — dealing with an intransigent healthcare bureaucracy — and takes it to a fantastical conclusion when our frustrated heroine threatens and kidnaps doctors. It makes for a lean, well-acted 74-minute tale of increasing desperation and poignancy. Friday-Sunday, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, www.themodern.org.

Cary Darling

2 Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: Criterion Collection on Blu-ray/DVD: Director Stanley Kubrick’s jet-black satire about the world on the brink of nuclear war still bites as hard as it did in 1964, when it was first released. Particularly in the current election cycle, the antics of these characters — three of whom were played, in a comic tour-de-force, by British legend Peter Sellers — seem all too possible, bitterly funny but also horrifyingly recognizable. The Criterion Collection is re-releasing the film (which has had umpteen home video editions) on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, with fresh extras, including period interviews and critical essays.

Preston Jones

3 Case/Lang/Veirs: There’s a song title on this lush, intoxicating album that could double as a succinct description of what it sounds like when Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs sing together: Honey and Smoke. The 14-track collection, simply titled Case/Lang/Veirs, is one of the year’s most arresting collaborations, a heady blend of folk, pop and jazzy country. Individually, these women are powerhouse performers, but on songs like Delirium or Song for Judee, any trace of ego is erased, leaving nothing but lovely notes and songs you just want to sink into.

Preston Jones

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