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  • J. Edgar (R)

    Leonardo DiCaprio packs on the pounds and the prosthetics to play J. Edgar Hoover over a span of more than 50 years, and his feverish commitment to the role propels this long, ambitious, sometimes unwieldy biopic. more...
  • J'Accuse
  • J'Accuse

    Eight years before the staggering Napoleon (1927), French filmmaker Abel Gance made an international name for himself with this powerful antiwar drama, whose grand narrative scale and deep humanity underscore his debt to Victor Hugo. more...
  • Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

    “Maria Montez gave socialistic answers to a rented world,” declared underground filmmaker, photographer, and performance artist Jack Smith (1932-'89) in a statement that was reportedly printed and handed out at his funeral. more...
  • Jacob's Ladder

    A bold, powerful psychological horror film (1990) about a recently returned Vietnam vet (Tim Robbins) in New York City, plagued by nightmarish visions he doesn't understand. more...
  • Jacquot (PG)

    Agnes Varda's 1991 tribute to her husband Jacques Demy (who died of AIDS about six months before this premiered at the Cannes Film Festival) combines dramatic sequences portraying his provincial childhood, documentary footage shot during his final days, and critical interpolations of scenes from his films. more...
  • The Jade Tiger

    This 1977 kung fu epic by Hong Kong writer-director Chu Yuan seems intent on confounding the viewer's expectations, but beneath all the double- and triple-crosses lies a sobering antiwar movie. more...
  • Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer

    Charlie Ahearn, director of the groundbreaking hip-hop documentary Wild Style (1983), profiles another chronicler of the scene, Jamel Shabazz, who's been photographing B-boy culture since its inception in the early 80s. more...
  • James White
  • James White (R)

    James (Christopher Abbott), a directionless party boy in New York City, gets a wake-up call when his wealthy father dies and his mother (Cynthia Nixon), whom the father ditched years earlier for another woman, learns that her cancer is no longer in remission. more...
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  • James' Journey to Jerusalem

    Elected as a spiritual emissary by his fellow villagers, a young Zulu (Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe) travels to Israel to see the ground where Jesus walked, but he's jailed at the border and released into the custody of a Jewish businessman who exploits immigrant labor. more...
  • Jane Eyre (PG-13)

    Charlotte Bronte's heroine has been played by some pretty drippy actresses over the years, but this British adaptation of the 1847 Gothic novel is elevated by a flinty and finely detailed performance from young Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right). more...
  • Janis

    In his original Reader review, Don Druker panned this 1974 Janis Joplin documentary as “a good deal of concert footage spliced together with a surprisingly meager amount of 'candid' interview material.” Today the tight focus on Joplin's live performances seems like the film's chief asset: her shivery blues ballad “Ball and Chain” is presented no less than three times (on a San Francisco TV show and at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and at a German concert in 1969), yet each version adds something new. more...
  • Japanese Story

    A passionate performance by Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, About a Boy) propels this surprising Australian drama about a young geologist whose company assigns her to babysit a rigid young Japanese businessman (Gotaro Tsunashima) during his visit down under. more...