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  • Yacht Rock

    Created for the Internet video site Channel 101, Yacht Rock (2005-'06) was a surprisingly rich, lovingly snarky sitcom about 70s soft rock, tracing the shifting allegiances and mostly fanciful schemes of studio lizards like Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, and Toto. more...
  • The Yacoubian Building

    In Alaa Al Aswany's hugely popular novel the real-life Yacoubian building, erected to house Cairo's elite and since fallen into genteel decay, functions as a compact metaphor for the shifting strata of a crumbling Egyptian class system. more...
  • Year of the Dog

    After scripting two relatively mainstream comedies, School of Rock and Nacho Libre, Mike White makes his debut as writer-director with a story that harks back to his creepy Chuck & Buck (2000). more...
  • Year of the Yao

    James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's taut, engrossing 2004 documentary on Chinese basketball player Yao Ming's first year in the NBA offers insight into the game and its stars. more...
  • Yearning

    This week the Gene Siskel Film Center launches a two-month retrospective on Japanese filmmaker Mikio Naruse (1905-'69) with two features: the 1952 melodrama Mother (see listings) and this late masterpiece (1964) about a war widow whose beverage store is being supplanted by a supermarket. more...
  • Yella

    German filmmaker Christian Petzold (The State I Am In) has a gift for creating quiet, watchful characters, and his still waters run especially deep in Yella (Nina Hoss), a beautiful young woman chronically abused by men. more...
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  • Yes

    Trained as a musician, English writer-director Sally Potter (The Tango Lesson) still thinks like one. more...
  • The Yes Men

    Chris Smith and Sarah Price (cocreators of American Movie) and Dan Ollman chronicle the inspired and highly educational pranks of Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnano, who pose as representatives of the World Trade Organization on the Web, on television, and at big-time international conferences. more...
  • Yi Yi

    Edward Yang's most accessible movie (2000) follows three generations of a contemporary Taipei family from a wedding to a funeral, and while it takes almost three hours to unfold, not a moment seems gratuitous. more...
  • Yojimbo (NR)

    Akira Kurosawa has any number of dramatic and cinematic cliches (both American and Japanese) to overcome—and does so brilliantly—in this action-packed, highly comic 1961 translation of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest to the samurai movie tradition. more...