• Alamar (NR)

    Less a documentary than a naturalistic prose poem, this Mexican feature reveals in all its hardship and beauty a vanishing way of life: the daily work of fishermen who ply the giant coastal reefs of Mexico's Edenic Banco Chinchorro. more...
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  • Bliss

    Movies dealing with the Islamist subjugation of women are usually documentaries or bleak social dramas, so I was somewhat taken aback to see the idea animating this expertly made and utterly engaging 2007 Turkish thriller. more...
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  • The Island Inside (NR)

    Discomfiting but riveting, this 2009 cocktail of psychodrama and pitch-black farce is tightly focused on a supremely dysfunctional family of codependents living in the discordantly beautiful Canary Islands. more...
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  • La Vérité (NR)

    A smash hit in France and an Oscar nominee in the U.S., this 1960 courtroom drama was the last big success for writer-director Henri-Georges Clouzot, whose jaundiced view of humanity resonated in such classic mysteries as The Raven (1943) and Diabolique (1955). more...
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  • Othello (NR)

    For all the liberties taken with the play, Orson Welles's 1952 independent feature may well be the greatest Shakespeare film (Welles's later Chimes at Midnight is the only other contender)—a brooding expressionist dream made in eerie Moorish locations over nearly three years, yet held together by a remarkably cohesive style and atmosphere. more...
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  • Whip It

    With its hipster irony, butch posing, and blue-collar affectation, the postfeminist fad for women’s roller derby doesn’t seem to promise much more onscreen than a goofy exploitation quickie. more...