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  • 11 x 14

    James Benning's experiment in fragmented narration took a first prize at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. more...
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (G)

    With Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde, this was the movie that stirred up the "film generation" of the late 60s, spreading the idea that movies had at last become an art form at precisely the moment when (it now appears in retrospect) the most fertile period of American filmmaking was coming to an end. more...
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (NR)

    As burlesque and later radio comics, Abbott and Costello found their metier in bizarre patter routines; they never got the hang of the kiddie slapstick Universal assigned to them, and their physical comedy is low, heavy, and graceless. more...
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    An engaging 1971 parody of Victorian horror films by Robert Fuest, the director responsible for the earnestly absurd TV series The Avengers. more...
  • About Last Night . . . (R)

    Adapting David Mamet's play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, screenwriters Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue have done an admirable job of turning an unfilmable piece into a polished commercial product (1986), yet so much of the flavor of the original has been lost that you wonder why they bothered with the Mamet in the first place. more...
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  • Absence of Malice

    The invective against the press and the First Amendment contained in Sydney Pollack's 1981 film is probably its least objectionable aspect: the picture has a smug, demoralizing sense of pervasive corruption, putting forward the Paul Newman character (a businessman libeled by reporter Sally Field) as the last good and true human being in the United States. more...
  • Accatone!

    Pier Paolo Pasolini's first film is neo-neorealism, set in the slums and back alleys familiar from De Sica and Fellini but directed with a cold dispassion that belongs to Pasolini alone. more...
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  • Accident

    Joseph Losey's coldly funny puzzle movie (1967), about the erotic entanglements of Oxford as superbly entangled by scenarist Harold Pinter. more...
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  • Across the Pacific

    John Huston's sort-of sequel to The Maltese Falcon, with Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet together again in an equally obscure plot, involving Nazi spies in Panama. more...
  • Adam's Rib

    George Cukor's gracious 1949 comedy about a lady lawyer (Katharine Hepburn) married to a district attorney (Spencer Tracy) and what happens when they find themselves on opposite sides of a shooting trial. more...
  • L'addition

    This French import plays like the dumbo version of Bresson's L'argent: a young actor (Richard Berry) is sent to prison for coming to the aid of a beautiful shoplifter (Victoria Abril), incurs the wrath of a psychotic guard (Richard Bohringer), has his sentence quadrupled, and is forced into the killing of a sadistic fellow inmate. more...