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  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (NC-17)

    Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert wrote the screenplay for this 1970 Russ Meyer effort, which was given a (relatively) big-budget production by 20th Century-Fox. more...
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color (NC-17)

    A young lesbian couple (Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos) weather a series of ups and downs in this sappy French drama by Abdellatif Kechiche (The Secret of the Grain). more...
  • Elles (NC-17)

    Juliette Binoche stars as a busy mother and professional journalist whose research on Parisian coeds who moonlight as prostitutes forces her to reevaluate her own relationships with men (especially her distracted husband and two troublesome sons). more...
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  • Female Trouble (NC-17)

    This 1975 feature is the best John Waters movie prior to Hairspray and his ultimate concerto for the 300-pound transvestite Divine, whose character will do literally anything—including commit mass murder—to become famous. more...
  • In the Realm of the Senses (NC-17)

    Nagisa Oshima's depiction of the obsessive lovemaking between a prostitute and the husband of a brothel keeper, which leads ultimately to the death of the man (with his own consent), is one of the most powerful erotic films ever made, but it certainly isn't for every taste. more...
  • Killer Joe (NC-17)

    William Friedkin directed this adaptation of Tracy Letts's play about a sadistic Dallas cop (Matthew McConaughey) who moonlights as a hit man. When he's hired by a trailer-park burnout (Emile Hirsch) who can’t pay the fee, the cop takes the client's younger sister (Juno Temple) as a "retainer." more...
  • Last Tango in Paris (NC-17)

    The operatic extravagance of Bernardo Bertolucci's style has emerged more clearly since this 1972 drama, which still managed to seem vaguely naturalistic in the midst of its extravagant camera moves and eccentric construction. more...
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  • Pink Flamingos (NC-17)

    This 1972 gross-out comedy by John Waters is now more than a generation old, and his brand of bad taste isn't quite the cottage industry it once was. more...
  • Robber on Demand (NC-17)

    1993 thriller in which a robber on the lam (Patrick Dempsey) bribes people in a hotel to keep quiet about his presence there. more...
  • Shame (NC-17)

    The second feature by filmmaker and visual artist Steve McQueen indulges in the same chic, gallery-ready aesthetic as his first, Hunger (2008); but whereas that film confronted England's brutal imprisonment of IRA soldiers, this one simply recycles art-movie cliches about urban alienation and passionless sex. more...
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  • Showgirls (NC-17)

    Director Paul Verhoeven and writer Joe Eszterhas's fresh meat market—a sleazy Las Vegas porn show with clunky production numbers that resemble body-building exercises, backed by heaps of big studio money. more...
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  • Wet Rainbow (NC-17)

    Duddy Kane directed this sexually explicit 1974 feature dealing with bisexuality. more...
  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism (NC-17)

    We may forget that the most radical rethinking of Marx and Freud found in European cinema of the late 60s and early 70s came from the east rather than the west. more...