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  • The Agronomist

    Jonathan Demme's liberal politics, glimpsed in his features, find fullest expression in his documentaries, four of which concern the struggle for democracy in Haiti. more...
  • All or Nothing

    Mike Leigh's 2002 feature, a comic and moving examination of life in an impoverished South London housing complex, features marvelous performances, especially from Leigh stalwart Timothy Spall as a depressed London cabdriver, Lesley Manville as his equally depressed common-law wife, and the young actors playing their uncommunicative children. more...
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  • Angel on My Shoulder

    Cult actress Gwen Welles had a dazzling debut at 19 as the vulnerable aspiring country singer forced to strip for an unappreciative audience in Robert Altman's Nashville. more...
  • Be My Star

    An unexpectedly fresh, unsentimental take on first love is delicately yet forcefully presented in this slip of a film—it's 65 minutes long—by first-time feature director Valeska Grisebach. more...
  • Bee Season

    Gifted filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel have directed three features over a dozen years: the unsettling Suture (1993), the less experimental but disturbing The Deep End (2001), and now Bee Season, based on the well-reviewed novel of the same name about a dysfunctional family—the father's a demanding professor of religious studies whose tight grip on the family induces the mother's fetishistic stealing and the son's attraction to a cult. more...
  • Being Julia

    Annette Bening puts her early theatrical training to good use in this glossy period piece (based on W. Somerset Maugham's novella “Theatre”) about a capricious, spoiled stage diva who thrives on intrigue and adulation. more...
  • Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary

    Traudl Junge was 22 when she was picked out of a clerical pool to work as Hitler's private secretary, and at age 81, she was interviewed by video makers Andre Heller and Othmar Schmiderer. more...
  • Candy

    The incandescent love affair of beautiful young poet Dan (Heath Ledger) and beautiful younger artist Candy (Abbie Cornish) leads them to share everything. more...
  • La Cienaga

    This astonishing 2001 debut by Argentinean director Lucrecia Martel (The Holy Girl) manages to sustain tension and anxiety throughout. more...
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  • Divine Intervention

    This slight film of mostly comic tableaux begins in director Elia Suleiman's hometown of Nazareth, in Israeli-controlled territory where the inhabitants take out their frustrations by feuding over parking spaces, dumping garbage in one another's backyards, and destroying recently repaired public roads. more...
  • Dogtown and Z-Boys

    This propulsive, highly satisfying 2002 documentary concerns a group of daredevil skateboarders from an economically depressed and dangerous area of Santa Monica known as Dogtown who reinvented the sport in the 70s. more...
  • Finding Neverland

    A curiously subdued offering from Marc Forster (Monster's Ball). more...
  • The Foliage

    The puffy-lipped Shu Qi is the current reigning beauty queen of Chinese cinema: even dressed in olive drab fatigues, she's the main attraction in this drama about jealousy during the Cultural Revolution. more...
  • The Fountain

    A pretentious, unfocused, and fussy mess (2006), in which director Darren Aronofsky manages to make Hugh Jackman unattractive and unsympathetic, whether he's stumbling through the jungle looking for the Tree of Life in the 16th century, weeping for his dying wife while trying to find a cure for her cancer in the present, or bobbing around as an astronaut in some inexplicable golden 26th-century future. more...