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Off the Map. Directed by Campbell Scott. Sony Pictures, $24.96.

This overlooked, low-budget independent film concerns a loving family living off the land in the New Mexican desert that embraces a wandering IRS agent seeking meaning in life. The film mixes subtle comedy and glowing spirituality in just the right amounts. Joan Allen and Sam Elliot shine as the determined mother and depressed father.

The Assassination of Richard Nixon. Directed by Niels Mueller. New Line Home Video, $19.98.

Sean Penn is the best but not the only reason to see this disturbing tale, based on the true story of Sam Bicke, a failed businessman who sought to kill President Nixon in 1974. The film has structural similarities to Taxi Driver, but Bicke’s rationale for committing murder stems from genuine outrage over the direction of his country.

Crash. Directed by Paul Haggis. Lions Gate, $28.98.


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