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  • Ben-Hur 3D (PG-13)

    Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ was a publishing phenomenon in its day and a precursor to the Christian entertainment business that generates thundering multiplex devotionals like this one. more...
  • Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened . . .
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    Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened . . .

    Lonny Price, an original cast member from the 1981 Broadway musical Merrily We Roll Along, remembers the excitement of being chosen—along with about two dozen other teenage actors who answered an open call—for this daring new show by director Harold Prince and composer Stephen Sondheim, and the devastation of seeing it flop miserably with critics and close after only 16 performances. more...
  • Behemoth

    By the time you read this, Donald Trump may already have announced our withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement. more...
  • Barista
  • Barista

    Rock Baijnauth's documentary follows five subjects as they train for and eventually face off in a national barista competition, creating an espresso, a cappuccino, and a specialty drink for four judges in less than 15 minutes. more...
  • The Benefactor
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    The Benefactor

    A philanthropist (Richard Gere) is devastated after a car accident he caused kills the married couple who were his two best friends. more...
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  • Booger Red
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    Booger Red

    Inspired by a 2009 story in Texas Monthly, this fictionalized documentary (2015) takes place in the aftermath of the "Mineola Seven" case, in which residents of the title town were accused of operating a child-sex ring. more...
  • Boyce & Hart: The Guys Who Wrote 'Em
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    Boyce & Hart: The Guys Who Wrote 'Em

    Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart penned some of the Monkees' biggest tunes—"Last Train to Clarksville," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," the TV show's "hey-hey" theme song—and later scored a few hits as a performing duo themselves ("I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight") before shuffling off to Vegas for an act with Zsa Zsa Gabor and finally calling it quits in the early 70s. more...
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    The Blinding Sunlight

    Thanks to recent advances in consumer-grade video, a new wave of politically charged cinema has emerged from mainland China, with enterprising filmmakers (often working clandestinely and with very small crews) creating works of social criticism outside the control of government censors. more...
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    Burn It Up Djassa

    "If society doesn't give a damn about us, we don't give a damn about society," declares one of the thugs in this colorful low-budget effort from the Ivory Coast. more...
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    The Bright Day

    Similar to Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, this 2013 Iranian feature uses a daunting and oppressive federal institution as the backdrop for a complex human drama. more...
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  • Bayou Maharaja
  • Bayou Maharaja

    One of many fascinating moments in this 2013 profile of New Orleans piano man James Booker—the self-proclaimed "Black Liberace"—occurs early on, when an admiring Harry Connick Jr., perched in front of the keys, visually breaks down Booker's complex, confluent style. more...
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    Big Love

    Reminiscent of Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing (1980), this sexually explicit art movie jumps back and forth between two story lines, one tracing the obsessive affair between a teenage music student (Aleksandra Hamkalo) and a biochemist (Antoni Pawlicki) some ten years her senior, and the other chronicling the police investigation that ensues after the man has murdered the girl. more...
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    Bestiaire

    With this nearly wordless Canadian documentary, director Denis Coté muses about the relationship between civilized human beings and exotic animals, suggesting that people benefit from the arrangement more than animals do. more...