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Stuntin' Like My Daddy: 7 Films to Watch this Week

Baltimore's urban dirt bikers take to the streets (and no one is going to stop them) in Lofty Nathan's riveting doc 12 O'Clock Boys.

Late January is a notoriously slow period for film releases, but as ever when major studios lag, decent indies crop up to pick up the slack. Check out our rundown of this week's offerings:

Millennium Film Journal: 35th Anniversary - The pre-eminent avant-garde media art journal turns 35 this year and celebrates accordingly with a screening of their favorite work in film and video, accompanied by discussion and a guided trip through eye-popping covers pastYBCA, Sat only.

12 O'Clock Boys - Out of nearly nowhere rides this doc about Baltimore's stunt-loving urban dirt bikers, zeroing in on 12-year-old upstart Pug, who finds both salvation and danger in the life of which we're granted an exciting but only momentary glimpse. Rotten Tomatoes: 96%. Roxie.

African Film Festival - The Euro-orbiting showcase of new and exciting African work continues this week after its launch last Friday. Highlights include Alain Gomis' last-day-on-earth fable Tey, Zarafa, a new animated flick from the team behind The Triplets of Belleville, and David Tosh Gitonga's Oscar nominated Nairobi Half Life. PFA Berkeley. 

24 Exposures - Indie go-to guy Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) goes way out there with this throwback sleaze-piece about a fetish photographer (You're Next director Adam Wingard) embroiled in a plot of murder and deceit. More Red Shoe Diaries than Roman Polanski, it's appropriately fast and loose. Rotten Tomatoes: 36%. Roxie. 

Noir City - The silver-toned juggernaut (previewed here) continues on through the weekend, with well-known French flicks (Pepe Le Moko, Rififi) on Saturday classic American orientalism on Sunday. Castro Theatre through Monday.

Blue is The Warmest Color - One Oscar nom we didn't check off in last week's roundup is this hotly contended Cannes-winning first lesbian love drama. Many critics (including Chron's Mick LaSalle) hailed it as a masterpiece, while others found it a dreadfully boring affairRotten Tomatoes: 90%. Castro. Monday only.

Labor Day - This award-baiting drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin was bumped from its original release date to the barren hinterlands of late January--never a good sign. Rotten Tomatoes: 35%. Bay Area Theaters.