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  • Bananas (PG)

    Woody Allen was no more felicitous a director in 1971 than later, but this is still one of his best pictures, if only because his limited ambitions (to make a funny movie) match his limited abilities. more...
  • Band of Outsiders (NR)

    A gangster story, sort of, by Jean-Luc Godard, who supposedly told his backers that he was going to make a sequel to Breathless and then delivered this mix of musical comedy, slapstick, violence, and incidental observations on politics and philosophy. more...
  • The Band's Visit

    This debut feature by writer-director Eran Kolirin follows the confusions and minor comic adventures of the eight-piece Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, which sets off from Egypt to perform at an Arab cultural center in Israel and gets stranded in the wrong town on the edge of a desert. more...
  • The Bang Bang Club (R)

    Based on Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva's 2000 book The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots From a Hidden War, this remarkable fact-based 2010 drama chronicles the activities of a group of white photojournalists (including Marinovich and Silva) whose pictures documented the violent struggle for black political supremacy in 1990s South Africa between Nelson Mandela's progressive African National Congress and its reactionary rival, the Inkatha Freedom Party. more...
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  • The Banishment

    William Saroyan's story “The Laughing Matter” provided the basis for this chilling domestic drama from Russia, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return). more...
  • The Bank Job

    Press materials say this British thriller was “inspired by” the September 1971 robbery of Lloyds Bank in London, but according to a March 2007 story in the Observer, screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais drew on a “deep throat” informer familiar with the hushed-up case to “incriminate high-ranking police officers, the secret service, politicians, and a prominent member of the royal family.” The movie's heist plot tends toward the generic, with Jason Statham conned into assembling a crew of yobs to tunnel under the bank and rip off its safe-deposit boxes. more...
  • Barbara (PG-13)

    German suspense director Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow) has found an ideal setting for his quietly oppressive tone: East Germany in 1980. more...
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  • Films by Stephanie Barber

    Milwaukee-based experimental filmmaker Stephanie Barber abjures the grand ambitions of earlier generations—to make masterpieces that embrace consciousness and the cosmos—in favor of enigmatic, haunting shorts that forgo the usual modes of cinematic development in time. more...
  • Barbershop: The Next Cut (PG-13)

    The fourth entry in the Barbershop franchise delivers keen social commentary, bringing back many of the key players from the 2002 and 2004 installments (the 2005 spin-off Beauty Shop is best forgotten). more...
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  • The Barefoot Contessa

    Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1956 Cinderella story, with Ava Gardner as a peasant waif elevated to international star status by producer Humphrey Bogart, a thinly veiled Mankiewicz stand-in. more...
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  • Barnyard

    Steve Oedekerk, whose screenwriting resumé ranges from cult items (Kung Pow: Enter the Fist) to studio projects, both animated (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and live-action (Bruce Almighty), wrote and directed this Nickelodeon cartoon feature about barnyard animals whooping it up while the farmer's away. more...