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  • A Master Builder
  • A Master Builder

    Jonathan Demme, who directed the new screen adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder, is 70 years old, with a filmography that includes such notable features as Melvin and Howard (1980), Stop Making Sense (1984), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993), and Rachel Getting Married (2008). more...
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  • Master of the House

    Formally and politically decades ahead of its time, Carl Dreyer's wonderful silent Danish comedy (1925), his first substantial commercial success outside Scandinavia, recounts what happens when a working-class wife and mother, prompted by an elderly nurse, walks out on her tyrannical and demanding husband, who then has to fend for himself. more...
  • The Master
  • The Master (R)

    A self-destructive loner (Joaquin Phoenix), discharged from the navy after serving in the Pacific in World War II, flounders back in the States before coming under the wing of a charismatic religious leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) transparently based on L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. more...
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  • Mataharis

    On the case in Madrid, three female private detectives learn more than they expected in this 2007 feature that uses mystery and melodrama to explore issues of personal and social responsibility. more...
  • Match Point

    Woody Allen's streamlined erotic thriller (2005) is similar to his Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) but with more clever and intricate plotting, less rhetorical flab, and no distracting one-liners. more...
  • La maternelle

    An early, seldom shown, and highly sensitive piece of French poetic realism (1933), codirected by Marie Epstein (whose brother Jean was a major figure in French silent film) and educational filmmaker Jean Benoit-Levy. more...
  • Matinee (PG)

    John Goodman stars as shlockmeister Lawrence Woolsey (affectionately based on William Castle), who turns up in Key West in 1962 to present a preview of his latest horror B-film. more...
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  • A Matter of Life and Death

    This enduring 1946 Technicolor fantasy by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger began as a propaganda piece meant to cement wobbly British-American postwar relations, and some of that theme survives, notably in the climactic trial scene set in heaven. more...
  • Max Havelaar

    Adapted from a classic 19th-century novel, this Dutch saga (1976) by Fons Rademakers portrays the title character's efforts to alleviate racism and corruption in the colonial East Indies. more...
  • Maxed Out

    This muckraking documentary on America's personal-debt crisis lays bare the predatory practices of credit card companies and the Bush administration's cozy relationship with the financial services industry, contrasting them with the personal misery of people whose lives have been ruined by consumer debt. more...
  • Mayor of the Sunset Strip

    Disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer has been a fixture of Los Angeles rock radio since the mid-70s, and before that he was a ubiquitous scenester on the Sunset Strip, attaching himself to such chart toppers as the Monkees, the Beach Boys, and Sonny and Cher. more...