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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool is a new documentary on the jazz genius behind Kind of Blue and other landmark albums, including the 1957 compilation from which Stanley Nelson’s film takes its name. Interesting talking heads are supplemented by miles of archival footage featuring long clips of that glorious music for which Davis is remembered.

The Landmark, 10850 Pico Blvd., West L.A.; Fri., Aug. 30- Wed., Sept., 6, various showtimes; $12-$15; (310) 470-0492, landmarktheatres.com.