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  • Barry Lyndon (PG)

    All of Stanley Kubrick's features look better now than when they were first released, but Barry Lyndon, which fared poorly at the box office in 1975, remains his most underrated. more...
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  • Battle in Heaven

    Not for the faint of heart, this grim 2005 feature by Mexican director Carlos Reygadas (Japon) mines the same vein of Christian self-loathing and curdled sexual desire often associated with Paul Schrader. more...
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  • The Battle of Algiers

    Gillo Pontecorvo's searing documentary-style retelling (1965) of the tough, grinding, and ultimately tragic effort of the FLN to liberate Algeria. more...
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  • The Battle of Algiers

    Gillo Pontecorvo's powerful and lucid 1965 docudrama about the Algerian struggle for independence in the 1950s was screened for Pentagon employees in August 2003, though one wonders how helpful it might have been: the terrorists here aren't suicidal or religiously motivated, and their orientation seems quite different from that of contemporary Middle Eastern types. more...
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  • The Battle of Chile, Part Two: The Coup D'Etat (NR)

    The second and most arresting film of Patricio Guzman's acclaimed documentary trilogy about the coup against Salvador Allende, The Coup D'Etat (1976) begins with the failed assault on the presidential palace by a renegade armored regiment in June 1973 and continues through the summer as the coup gathers force. more...
  • The Battle of Tabato

    Similar to Miguel Gomes's Tabu, this eccentric drama uses black-and-white cinematography and an opaque, deeply symbolic narrative to contemplate Portugal's history of imperialism in Africa. more...
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  • The Baxter

    Michael Showalter, who wrote the affectionate summer-camp parody Wet Hot American Summer, takes a stab at directing with this enthusiastic screwball comedy about a dorky tax accountant (Showalter) whose impending marriage to an upper-class china doll (Elizabeth Banks) is complicated by her old flame (Justin Theroux) and an adorable new temp at the accounting firm (Michelle Williams, recalling Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment). more...
  • Bayou Maharaja
  • Bayou Maharaja

    One of many fascinating moments in this 2013 profile of New Orleans piano man James Booker—the self-proclaimed "Black Liberace"—occurs early on, when an admiring Harry Connick Jr., perched in front of the keys, visually breaks down Booker's complex, confluent style. more...