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  • Johnny Guitar

    Nicholas Ray's great sur-western (1954), in which, as Francois Truffaut put it, the cowboys circle and die like ballerinas. more...
  • Jolly Fellows

    Many movies tried to copy the crazed farce of the early Marx Brothers comedies—Diplomaniacs (1933) with Wheeler and Woolsey, Million Dollar Legs (1932) with W.C. Fields—but the only one I've seen that approaches the Marxes' delirious, full-throttle anarchy is this 1934 Russian comedy by Grigori Aleksandrov. more...
  • Joshua

    If last year's Omen remake didn't slake your thirst for demonic children, try this creepy indie about a brilliant, morbidly obsessed nine-year-old (Jacob Kogan) who begins to go off the rails after his wealthy Manhattan parents (Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga) bring home his newborn little sister. more...
  • Le Jour Se Leve

    The most celebrated example of the doom-laden, darkly shadowed “poetic realism” that flourished in France in the years leading up to World War II. more...
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  • The Journey of the Lion

    At the top of this 1992 travelogue, Jamaican sculptor Howard Anthony Trott ruminates on the meaning of his English “slave name,” phonetically translating it into “How hard and stony I trod”; it's an appropriate beginning for the story of a man searching for himself through language. more...
  • Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Joy of Man's Desiring

    Following his remarkably offbeat drama Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2013), the prolific Quebecois director Denis Côté returns to the documentary-essay style of his Carcasses (2009) and Bestiare (2012) with this meticulous and poetic study of industrial labor. more...
  • Joyeux Noel (R)

    French, German, and Scottish soldiers, stuck in the trenches during World War I, decide to unite briefly for a Christmas celebration in this touching if simple parable (2005) by French writer-director Christian Carion. more...
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  • Judex

    There's a world of difference between the natural, “found” surrealism of Louis Feuillade's lighthearted French serial (1914) and the darker, studied surrealism and campy piety of this 1964 remake by Georges Franju. more...
  • Judge Priest

    Will Rogers stars in John Ford's 1934 portrait of life in a small town in the old south, one of the most deeply felt visions of community in the American cinema. more...
  • Jules and Jim

    That eternal theme of melodrama—the love too fine to last—given intelligent and sensitive treatment by Francois Truffaut. more...
  • Julien Donkey-Boy

    Julien (Ewen Bremner), who's distracted by obsessive thoughts and driven to compulsive behavior, is surrounded by a semisatiric pathogenic family: filmmaker Werner Herzog dominates as a tough-loving father figure; pregnant sister Pearl (Chloe Sevigny) places phone calls to Julien from within the house, soothing him by pretending to be their dead mother; brother Chris (Evan Neumann) wrestles with Julien, competing for paternal praise and abuse. more...
  • Julius Caesar
  • Julius Caesar

    Shortly before Charlton Heston made his Hollywood debut in Dark City (1950), he played Mark Antony in this Chicago-shot independent feature—incredibly, the first-ever screen adaptation of the Shakespeare play. more...
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