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  • Panic in Needle Park

    By their own admission, screenwriters Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne spent only a day or so researching their assigned topic—New York junkies—and this early Jerry Schatzberg feature (1971) shows it, though Al Pacino plays one of the two romantic leads (along with Kitty Winn), and many of Schatzberg's fans have praised the mise en scene. more...
  • The Paper Chase

    The drudgery and challenge of Harvard Law School for a beginning student (Timothy Bottoms) might not have seemed a promising subject for a commercial picture, but this was so popular it became a TV series. more...
  • The Paperboy (R)

    A strange hybrid of southern gothic literature and 70s drive-in cinema, this drama centers on a young man in south Florida (Zac Efron) whose older brother (Matthew McConaughey), a reporter for a Miami daily, returns to town hoping to exonerate a worthless swamp rat (John Cusack) for the murder of a local sheriff. more...
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  • Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (NR)

    No one needs another trip down 60s memory lane, but there's no other way to tell the life story of protest singer Phil Ochs, a true believer who gave himself over to the great liberal causes of the Vietnam era and spiraled downward into depression and suicide in 1976. more...
  • Photographic Memory

    Ross McElwee is a poet of memory and, on a larger scale, history: his classic documentary Sherman's March (1986) began as a chronicle of the Union general's devastating campaign through the Confederate south but eventually grew into a comic confessional about McElwee's romantic misadventures as he was making the film. more...
  • The Piano Teacher

    For me, a few of Michael Haneke's features are first-rate (The Seventh Continent, The Castle, Code Unknown) but most of the others replay formulas other filmmakers have handled with more style and originality. more...
  • Police, Adjective

    Romania's boom in sardonic, minimalist social drama (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days) continues with this low-boiling but addictive story about a young police detective who's begun to question the justice of the drug laws he's enforcing. more...
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  • The Power of Forgiveness

    Martin Doblmeier has a talent for anchoring spiritual questions to hard political realities: Bonhoeffer (2003), his excellent debut feature, profiled the heroic German theologian who sacrificed his life to the Nazis rather than surrender his pacifist ideals, and this new documentary on forgiveness, the most radical of Christian concepts, touches down in such emotionally raw locales as Belfast, New York's Ground Zero, and Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, site of the 2006 Amish school shootings. more...
  • The Producers

    A Broadway impresario (Nathan Lane) and his accountant (Matthew Broderick) plot to embezzle a million dollars by corralling investors for a show, staging a surefire flop (“Springtime for Hitler”), and pocketing the leftover funds. more...
  • Punch-Drunk Love (R)

    The fourth feature of writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (after Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, and Magnolia) is a stridently wacky romantic comedy that stands or falls on whether you find Adam Sandler funny as a small businessman working out of a warehouse in greater Los Angeles. more...