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  • Bamako (NR)

    A large portion of this highly original 2006 feature from Mali by Abderrahmane Sissako (Life on Earth, Waiting for Happiness) consists of a hearing devoted to the operations of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Africa, with judge, black and white lawyers, and witnesses all played by nonactors who've written their own speeches, many of them angry. more...
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  • Band of Outsiders (NR)

    A gangster story, sort of, by Jean-Luc Godard, who supposedly told his backers that he was going to make a sequel to Breathless and then delivered this mix of musical comedy, slapstick, violence, and incidental observations on politics and philosophy. more...
  • The Battle of Chile, Part Two: The Coup D'Etat (NR)

    The second and most arresting film of Patricio Guzman's acclaimed documentary trilogy about the coup against Salvador Allende, The Coup D'Etat (1976) begins with the failed assault on the presidential palace by a renegade armored regiment in June 1973 and continues through the summer as the coup gathers force. more...
  • Beautiful Darling (NR)

    A bittersweet fresco of glamor, fame, and sexual variance, James Rasin's video documentary chronicles the short life of Andy Warhol's most beautiful drag "superstar": James Slattery, aka Candy Darling, a Kim Novak devotee who starred in Warhol and Paul Morrissey's Women in Revolt and was a subject of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side." more...
  • Beeswax (NR)

    The talented indie director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Apprecation) delivers another of his wry, socially observant romantic comedies, focusing this time on the odd parallels between partnership in business and in love. 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...
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  • Beneath the Blindfold (NR)

    This activist documentary centers on four victims of torture who currently live in the United States: a former child soldier in Liberia's civil war, a Chicago-born independent contractor who'd been detained for three months in Abu Ghraib, and former political prisoners from Guatemala and Colombia. more...
  • Beyond the Hills (NR)

    Raised in a German orphanage, Voichita has found peace as a novice in a Romanian convent, but her austere life is roiled by a visit from her unstable friend Alina, who has graduated from the same orphanage to a series of foster homes. more...
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  • The Big Sleep (NR)

    A very good movie (1946), and by far the best Raymond Chandler adaptation, but it isn't one of Howard Hawks's most refined efforts—it lacks his clarity of line, his balance, his sense of a free spirit at play within a carefully set structure. more...
  • The Big Uneasy (NR)

    Comedian Harry Shearer directed and serves as onscreen narrator for this absorbing documentary, which exposes the human failure that surrounded the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. more...
  • Bigger Than Life (NR)

    Nicholas Ray's potent 1956 CinemaScope melodrama dealt with the ill effects of cortisone on a frustrated middle-class grammar-school teacher (James Mason) at about the same time that the first wave of “wonder” drugs hit the market. more...
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