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  • Begging Naked

    This fascinating video documentary tracks nine years in the life of Elise Bainbridge Hill, a gifted artist brought low by drugs and mental illness. more...
  • Behind the Burly Q (NR)

    Though frustratingly superficial and shot through a nostalgic, rose-colored lens, this enthralling 2010 doc opens a wider window on forgotten world of burlesque shows than anything I've previously seen. more...
  • Being Jewish in France

    Richly detailed and highly absorbing, this colorful 2007 documentary opens with the 1906 resolution of the infamous Dreyfus Affair, marking the end of a 12-year period during which French Jews, largely acculturated since the mid-1800s, endured an outbreak of virulent anti-Semitism. 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...
  • Being There (PG)

    Peter Sellers gives one of his finest portrayals as an untutored victim of environmental isolation, living his life entirely within the walls of a Washington house and its garden, with television providing his only link to the outside world. more...
  • Bella

    Winner of the audience prize at the 2006 Toronto film festival, Alejandro Gomez Monteverde's first feature may have more heart than head, but it's as interesting for what it leaves out of the romantic story as for what it retains. more...
  • Belle de Jour

    Though it may not equal the sublimity of his three last features, Luis Buñuel's 1967 masterpiece remains a seminal work that clarifies his relationship with Hitchcock. more...
  • La Belle Noiseuse

    Winner of Cannes' grand prix in 1991, Jacques Rivette's absorbing if leering four-hour free adaptation of Balzac's “The Unknown Masterpiece” concerns the work of a painter (Michel Piccoli) with his beautiful and mainly nude model (Emmanuelle Beart), plus the input and pressures of the painter's wife and former model (Jane Birkin), the model's boyfriend, and an art dealer who used to be involved with the painter's wife. more...
  • Belle Toujours

    Manoel de Oliveira's sequel—or tribute, or speculative footnote—to Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carriere's Belle de Jour (1967) differs from that transgressive classic by being less about Severine (played here by Bulle Ogier, in the original by Catherine Deneuve), a devoted wife who secretly works as a prostitute to fulfill her secret masochistic desires, and more about Henri Husson (Michel Piccoli in both films), a rakish aristocrat who discovers her secret. more...
  • The Bells of St. Mary's

    Leo McCarey's 1945 sequel to his hugely successful Going My Way (1944), with Bing Crosby back as Father O'Malley, the pipe-smoking priest of the New York slums. more...
  • Bend It Like Beckham

    This comedy about an Anglo-Indian girl who wants to play professional soccer has been a crowd pleaser in the soccer-crazed UK, but the crowd I saw it with seemed more delighted by its affectionate satire of tradition-minded Indians living in Britain, a subculture well-known to writer-director Gurinder Chadha (Bhaji on the Beach). more...
  • Bend of the River

    A sensational Anthony Mann western (1952), also known as Where the River Bends, starring James Stewart and Arthur Kennedy as rough-and-tumble men in Oregon in the 1840s. more...