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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...
  • Battle Royale (NR)

    Set in the near future, Kinji Fukasaku's 2000 Japanese feature concerns a government plan to combat rising juvenile delinquency by kidnapping teenagers, sending them to a deserted island, arming them, and ordering them to kill one another, with the lone survivor returning to society. more...
  • The Beat Hotel (NR)

    From 1957 to '63, a cheap, filthy rooming house in the Latin Quarter of Paris became a nerve center for the beat generation as Allen Ginsberg wrote his elegiac "Kaddish," Gregory Corso produced his incendiary "Bomb," and William S. Burroughs assembled many years' worth of satirical writings into the harrowing Naked Lunch. more...
  • Beats Being Dead (NR)

    Christian Petzold, director of such German neonoirs as Yella (2007) and Jerichow (2008), delivers the first installment of the Dreileben Trilogy, three movies by different directors that function as discrete narratives but are linked by the peripheral movements of a serial killer. more...
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  • Beautiful Darling (NR)

    A bittersweet fresco of glamor, fame, and sexual variance, James Rasin's video documentary chronicles the short life of Andy Warhol's most beautiful drag "superstar": James Slattery, aka Candy Darling, a Kim Novak devotee who starred in Warhol and Paul Morrissey's Women in Revolt and was a subject of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side." more...
  • Beauty and the Beast (NR)

    Despite some excessive narrative streamlining, this 1991 release was Disney's best animated feature in years, full of charm and humor. more...
  • Beeswax (NR)

    The talented indie director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Apprecation) delivers another of his wry, socially observant romantic comedies, focusing this time on the odd parallels between partnership in business and in love. more...
  • Behind the Burly Q (NR)

    Though frustratingly superficial and shot through a nostalgic, rose-colored lens, this enthralling 2010 doc opens a wider window on forgotten world of burlesque shows than anything I've previously seen. more...
  • Belle Épine (NR)

    France has produced so many naturalistic dramas about teenage delinquents that the films practically constitute their own genre. more...
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  • Beloved Sky (NR)

    High camp from Iran, this overdone drama from Dariush Mehrjui depicts a young urban doctor who, diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, makes a life-affirming visit to a remote village. more...
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  • Ben-Hur (NR)

    Ramon Novarro drives the chariot in Fred Niblo's 1926 production of the Roman epic, based on Lew Wallace's best-selling schlock novel. more...
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  • Beneath the Blindfold (NR)

    This activist documentary centers on four victims of torture who currently live in the United States: a former child soldier in Liberia's civil war, a Chicago-born independent contractor who'd been detained for three months in Abu Ghraib, and former political prisoners from Guatemala and Colombia. more...