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  • American Hardcore

    Unlike the 70s punk that preceded it, 80s hardcore never offered much in the way of fun, hope, or idealism—just speed and naked aggression, which makes this ambitious documentary by director Paul Rachman and writer Steven Blush (adapting his book American Hardcore: A Tribal History) a rather grim nostalgia trip. more...
  • An American in Paris

    While not nearly the musical it's cracked up to be, this 1951 film is absolutely required viewing for anyone who wants to see the studio system (MGM style) at its gaudiest, most Byzantine height. more...
  • American Revolution 2

    In the pop-culture shorthand, the protests surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago consisted of white kids opposing the Vietnam war; this black-and-white cinema verite documentary (1969) offers a welcome corrective by looking at the city's black underclass and the economic issues it brought to the mix. more...
  • Anchors Aweigh

    This is the one where Gene Kelly dances with Jerry the Mouse, a classic bit of animation that Disney wouldn't have been ashamed of. more...
  • Animal Crackers (NR)

    Early Marx Brothers (1930), just as dismally stagy as The Cocoanuts but with many more memorable quips from Groucho as Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding (his “Hooray for Captain Spaulding” entrance music became his theme song for the next 40 years). more...
  • Animal House (R)

    I probably laughed harder at this 1978 collection of college slapstick sketches than I ever have at a film I didn't really like. more...
  • Annie (PG)

    John Huston is listed as director of this elephantine Ray Stark production, based on the Broadway musical (which was based, in turn, on Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie comic strip), but this is the kind of overproduced monolith in which even better directors can easily lose their way. more...