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  • Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

    Some time ago I read an interview with the late South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok, who had been abducted by North Korean agents and held captive for eight years so that dictator Kim Jong-il could play movie producer. more...
  • Accidental Army: The Amazing True Story of the Czechoslovak Legion (NR)

    A stash of rare World War I photos preserved by a small museum in Prague inspired Chicago media execs Bruce Bendinger and John Iltis to trace the history of the "Czechoslovak Legion," a force of 70,000 Czechs and Slovaks who were instrumental in the Allied victory. more...
  • The Afghan Bride

    An earnest drama from Iranian director Abolghassem Talebi, this 2004 TV movie follows the tribulations of a progressive schoolteacher after he runs afoul of the Taliban. more...
  • After Midnight

    A sexy car thief, his gamine lover, and the shy film buff who rescues her form a romantic triangle in Davide Ferrario's beguiling valentine to the movies. more...
  • Agnes and His Brothers

    Freud would have had a field day with this 2004 German feature: its dysfunctional Westphalian family includes a nerdy librarian (Moritz Bleibtreu) who masturbates while hiding in women's restrooms; his ambitious politician brother (Herbert Knaup), who defecates on a napkin in his office rather than put down the phone; and their transgender club-hopping sibling (Martin Weiss), who can't fathom that her boyfriend wants a housewife, not an independent woman. more...
  • Agogo Eewo

    This sly tale of political chicanery in Nigeria features a large, zestful, and elaborately costumed cast that frequently breaks into song and dance, turning the movie into a sort of Yoruban musical. more...
  • Air Doll (NR)

    In this quirky riff on the Galatea myth, Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking, Maborosi) adapts a manga by Yoshiie Gouda about a blow-up sex doll that comes alive one morning after its owner leaves for work. more...
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  • Ajami (NR)

    Jewish filmmaker Yaron Shani and Palestinian filmmaker Scandar Copti collaborated on this gritty Israeli drama, which circles around chronologically in Pulp Fiction fashion to tell the interlocking stories of three families. more...
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  • Akeelah and the Bee (PG)

    Coming on the heels of Spellbound and Bee Season, this small gem (2006) about a South Central LA girl with a gift for spelling restores luster to the family genre. more...
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  • Alexandria

    Having fled the title city in 1956, a renowned opera singer returns with her daughter for a concert, and after the young woman overhears gossip about mom's failed affair with a writer decades earlier, the diva supplies her with maddeningly different versions of the story. more...
  • Alice Neel

    Numerous narrative gaps compromise this biography of the pioneering social realist painter, made by her grandson Andrew Neel (Darkon) with great ambivalence toward his subject. more...
  • Alien Trespass (PG)

    Too slavish in its devotion to 50s sci-fi conventions to work as parody or camp, this indie comedy by The X-Files alumnus R.W. Goodwin sinks under the weight of its homage. more...