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  • Ugetsu

    The mood of Kenji Mizoguchi's 1953 masterpiece is evoked by the English translation most often given to its title, “Tales of the Pale and Silvery Moon After the Rain.” Based on two 16th-century ghost stories, the film is less a study of the supernatural than a sublime embodiment of Mizoguchi's eternal theme, the generosity of women and the selfishness of men. more...
  • Umberto D

    Screenwriter Cesare Zavattini likely deserves as much credit as director Vittorio De Sica for such masterpieces of Italian neorealism as The Bicycle Thief (1947) and this 1952 feature about a retired civil servant (schoolteacher Carlo Battisti) who discovers that his meager pension won't pay the rent for his room. more...
  • Umbracle

    Catalan underground filmmaker Pere Portabella's 1970 Franco-era black-and-white experimental film is a provocation and protest composed of many dissimilar parts, ranging from Christopher Lee touring Barcelona to aggressive repetitions and/or displacements of sound and image. more...
  • Una Noche

    Writer-director Lucy Mulloy displays much promise in her first feature, a gritty teen drama shot in Havana with a nonprofessional cast. more...
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  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (NR)

    The dead speak with the living, animals speak to humans, and—thanks to a dense sound mix suggesting musique concrete—the northern Thai jungle just won't shut up in this hypnotic 2010 feature by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Blissfully Yours, Tropical Malady). more...
  • Uncle Nino

    A wise, aging Italian peasant (Pierrino Mascarino) who knows barely any English comes to America for the first time to visit his grown nephew (Joe Mantegna), bringing light and life into the man's humdrum suburban family and restoring their best impulses. more...
  • The Uncondemned

    During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, an estimated 800,000 people—mostly Tutsis—were massacred in just 100 days by the Hutus (the majority ethnic group). more...
  • Unconstitutional

    A focused, intelligent, and alarming look at the erosion of civil rights under the Patriot Act and at blameless immigrants and American Muslims detained without due process in the Justice Department's indiscriminate antiterror dragnet. more...
  • Under Capricorn

    Easily one of Alfred Hitchcock's half-dozen greatest films, Under Capricorn has been senselessly neglected for years just because it isn't a thriller. more...
  • Under the Skin of the City

    A matriarch struggles to hold together her working-class family in this 2000 Iranian drama by director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad (The May Lady, The Blue-Veiled). more...