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"End of Watch" (R, 120 minutes, Universal)

There are no dirty cops in this tense, violent – and surprisingly affecting – police drama from writer David Ayer. Ayer, who also directs, has created a portrait of law enforcement under pressure that proves as ennobling as it is gritty. Rapper Yahira "Flakiss" Garcia plays a scary gangbanger that LAPD officers Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala (Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena) tangle with when, in the course of their routine patrols, they inadvertently interfere with the local operation of a ruthless Mexican drug cartel. Contains intense violence, obscenity, sexual dialogue and drug use. Extras: commentary with writer-director Ayer, deleted scenes, five featurettes: "Fate With a Badge," "In the Streets," "Women on Watch," "Watch Your Six" and "Honors."

"The Imposter" (R, 95 minutes, Gaiam Vivendi)
In 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay vanished from his San Antonio neighborhood. Three years later, a kid in a Spanish children's home claimed to be Nicholas. Aside from a gap in his front teeth, the guy didn't look much like Nicholas, but when Nicholas' older sister, Carey Gibson, arrived in Spain, she identified the stranger as her brother. That put the con man on the path to a U.S. passport and a new family. The film doesn't pretend to answer all the questions about the still-unsolved Barclay case. But what's most fascinating are the movie's larger questions about why some people tell impossible lies – and why others believe them. Contains profanity.


"Searching for Sugar Man," "For a Good Time, Call …", "Pina 3D," "Keep the Lights On," "Nobody Walks," "Nature Calls," "Officer Down ," "Abel's Field," "American Experience: The Abolitionists" (PBS), "Birders: The Central Park Effect," "Hard Romanticker" (Japan), "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" (Japan, Takashi Miike's remake of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 classic "Harakiri"), "Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis" (Encore channel documentary, Anchor Bay), "Tai Chi Zero," "Death Race 3: Inferno," "Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft" and "Deadly Blessing: Collector's Edition" (1981).

TELEVISION SERIES "The Men Who Built America" (three-disc set of the History Channel miniseries), "Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea" and "Scarecrow & Mrs. King: The Complete Fourth & Final Season" (1986-87, five-disc set).

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