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  • Academy Awards nomination panel

    A "lively discussion" about the 2014 Oscar nominations, with Alison Cuddy of WBEZ, J.R. Jones of the Chicago Reader,, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune, Steve Prokopy of Ain't It Cool News, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of MUBI.com, and Betsy Steinberg of the Illinois Film Office. 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...
  • Al Mas Alla

    A short documentary (2008) by Lourdes Portillo, whose work is "focused on the search for Latino identity" and who has "worked in a richly varied range of forms, from television documentary to satirical video-film collage." more...
  • African Art Dispersed

    Two short documentaries on art of the African Diaspora: Rythmes et Images: Impressions du Premier Festival Mondial des Arts Negres (1966) and Art of Haiti: The Primitive Painters (1982). 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...
  • As Goes Janesville

    Just after the 2008 financial crisis hastened the shuttering of the General Motors plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, video maker Brad Lichtenstein began documenting the fate of three laid-off workers—two who transferred to a plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and one who returned to school through a federally funded program. more...
  • Albert Nobbs (R)

    Glenn Close finally succeeds in mounting a screen version of the cross-dressing play she starred in on Broadway in 1982, about a meek, impoverished woman in Edwardian Ireland who poses as a man in order to support herself as a butler at a Dublin hotel. more...
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  • Another Year (PG-13)

    Both Mike Leigh and Woody Allen make movies about people encased in their unhappiness; the difference is that Leigh honors his characters' right to be miserable if they so desire, whereas Allen seems to respect no one’s melancholy but his own. more...