A feast of documentaries; 'Tombstones' and 'Tusk'; and a world premiere at the Taper

How writer/director Scott Frank convinced Liam Neeson to star in yet another hostage-type movie, “A Walk Among the Tombstones”; actor Gael García Bernal has a side-gig promoting documentaries; Rory Kennedy’s latest, “Last Days in Vietnam,” is a gripping tale of the U.S. exodus from Saigon in 1975; we look at the legendary jazz musician at the heart of the documentary, “Keep On Keepin’ On”; and Kevin Smith talks about how cannabis inspired his latest film, “Tusk.” Moving on to theater, veteran actress Lois Smith confronts aging and memory in the play, “Marjorie Prime.”

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