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  • 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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  • Alien (R)

    An empty-headed horror movie (1979) with nothing to recommend it beyond the disco-inspired art direction and some handsome, if gimmicky, cinematography. more...
  • Alien 3 (R)

    Although there's a lot of unpleasantness here to maintain the tradition of this SF thriller's predecessors, one finds neither the high-tech effects of the first nor the quality direction of the second, and few of the thrills in either; just about all that music-video veteran David Fincher has to show for himself in his feature debut is clumsy elliptical cutting and alien-point-of-view shots. more...
  • All About My Mother (R)

    According to most of the American mainstream press at the 1999 Cannes film festival, this consciousness-raising transsexual soap opera by aging Spanish enfant terrible Pedro Almodovar should have walked off with all the prizes. more...
  • All Good Things (R)

    "I've never been closer to anyone, and I don't know you at all," a young woman (Kirsten Dunst) tells her creepy, remote husband (Ryan Gosling) in this strange and purposely frustrating crime drama. more...
  • Almost Famous (R)

    Writer-director Cameron Crowe's autobiographical fourth feature (2000)—after Say Anything . . . more...
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  • Altered States (R)

    This Ken Russell film (1980) is just as much a camp joke as Lisztomania or Mahler, but this time nobody's laughing, perhaps because Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay provided the first recognizably realistic context for Russell's obsessions since Women in Love. more...
  • Alvin Purple (R)

    Tim Burstall directed this 1973 sex comedy from Australia, also known as The Sex Therapist. more...
  • Amateur (R)

    If you can swallow one more amnesia plot and one more recycling of favorite bits from Godard's Bande a part, pressed to serve yet another postmodernist antithriller about redemption, this has its compensations (1994). more...
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  • American Beauty (R)

    An unusually clever and shrewdly corrupt first feature (1999) by English stage director Sam Mendes and writer Alan Ball, this deftly juggles satire about contemporary consumerist America (sexual obsession, gun worship, working out, capitalism) and fanciful wish fulfillment in the duplicitous Hollywood manner of The Graduate and Risky Business. more...