IFFBoston Preview Part III: Colorful dogs, whistleblowers, and awkward karate

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If you’re a Boston-based cinephile, this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times of the year for you, as the Independent Film Festival Boston has returned with one of their strongest line-ups ever. Running from April 24 through May 1 at the Brattle, Somerville and Coolidge Corner Theatres, there’s so many great movies showing at this year’s festival that we’ve had to split our preview up into three parts. We published our first preview on Tuesday, covering the first few days of the festival’s line-up, and our second preview on Wednesday, covering the weekend offerings. Finally, here are some choice cuts from the last three days of the festival’s programming. Tickets and more information are available at the IFFBoston website.

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Ask Dr Ruth

Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre

You might remember sex expert and therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her radio show or her books or her countless appearances on TV, but you have most definitely never had the chance to see her story like this. We happened to see this documentary at Sundance this year, but never quite got the chance to review it, and we can tell you that it is a pleasure to watch. Westheimer and the doc’s director, Ryan White, have a great chemistry, and the film goes to some absolutely fascinating places — such as her service in the Israeli Army back in the ‘40s. But mainly it’s like spending an hour and a half with your cool-ass 90-year-old grandmother, and there’s a ton of joy to be had in witnessing this wonderful woman’s infectious energy.

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