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  • Jasminum

    Hired to restore the art collection of a centuries-old religious order, a chain-smoking painter and amateur aromachologist (Grazyna Blecka-Kolska) arrives at a rural monastery with her precocious five-year-old daughter, who begins to follow the caretaker around like a gosling. more...
  • Jauja
  • Jauja

    This fifth feature by the brilliant Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso is his first with professional actors and a period setting, yet it meshes thematically with his other work. more...
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  • La Jaula de Oro

    Three young Guatemalans head for the U.S., join up with an Indian roughly their age, and encounter every conceivable obstacle as they try to penetrate the border from Mexico: immigration officials, corrupt cops, cartels selling migrant women into prostitution, kidnappers seizing immigrants with American contacts, heartless coyotes transporting people over the border, and patrolling Minutemen. more...
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  • Jazz on a Summer's Day

    Bert Stern's film of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival (1960; his only film) features Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Eric Dolphy, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, Mahalia Jackson, Anita O'Day, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton, and many others. more...
  • Jealousy
  • Jealousy

    Philippe Garrel (Regular Lovers) directed this drama about a French actor torn between his wife and daughter and his live-in mistress. more...
  • Jean Gentil

    An out-of-work language teacher (Jean Remy Genty, an introverted first-time performer playing a character with his own name) leaves his native Haiti to find employment in the Dominican Republic and ends up leading an indigenous life in the remote wilderness. more...
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  • Jean Renoir, the Boss: The Direction of Actors

    Rarely screened, this is the 90-minute centerpiece to Jacques Rivette's three-part TV documentary Jean Renoir, the Boss (1966), made just before Rivette discovered improvisation in his fictional L'Amour Fou, Out 1, and Celine and Julie Go Boating. more...
  • Jellyfish

    The celebrated Israeli author Etgar Keret and his wife, screenwriter Shira Geffen, directed this luminous foray into magic realism, Tel Aviv style. more...
  • Films by Humphrey Jennings

    Called British cinema's “only real poet” by filmmaker Lindsay Anderson, Humphrey Jennings captured the ordinary details of life on film and enlivened them with graphically intense compositions and editing that seem to owe a debt to Soviet 1920s montage cinema. more...
  • J'Entends Plus la Guitare (NR)

    Philippe Garrel (Regular Lovers) dedicated this harrowing autobiographical drama (1991) to the memory of his former companion, Nico of the Velvet Underground. more...
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  • Jerry & Me

    Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, a professor at Columbia College, saw her first Jerry Lewis movie when she was a 14-year-old girl in Tehran, and as she explains in this engrossing essay film, the comedian became synonymous in her mind with the U.S. Her documentary is particularly impressive for the way she reframes American pop culture from the perspective of an Iranian woman: she was introduced to Hollywood movies by her father—according to her, a chronic philanderer—and though she was offended by the loose morals of the female characters, Lewis held a particular fascination because his goofy behavior would have been utterly taboo for a girl in Tehran. more...
  • Jerusalema

    Ralph Ziman's crackling South African crime drama gives the genre a fresh political spin by showing how easily the high ideals of antiapartheid protesters might curdle into the debased populism thugs use to justify their power grabs. more...
  • Jess + Moss

    Small, quiet, and enveloping, this impressive debut feature by Clay Jeter examines the fond friendship between two abandoned children: 18-year-old Jess (Sarah Hagan), whose mother sends her cassette tapes promising to come back and collect her from her father someday, and 12-year-old Moss (Austin Vickers), Jess's second cousin, whose parents left him with her family so long ago he can barely remember them. more...
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