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  • Stagecoach

    It's fashionable to put down John Ford's 1939 classic; certainly it's the weakest of Ford's major westerns, burdened with a schematic and pretentious Dudley Nichols script (the "cross section of society" on board the stagecoach), but its virtues remain intact. more...
  • The Sting (PG)

    Top-notch entertainment (1973), pairing Paul Newman and Robert Redford as two penny-ante con men who set up a hilariously complex “Big Con” to fleece Irish gangster Robert Shaw out of half a million dollars in Depression-era Chicago. more...
  • Scheherazad, Tell Me a Story

    Yousry Nasrallah, a former screenwriter for Youssef Chahine and a successful director in his own right, achieves something rare with this Egyptian comedy-drama (2009): an urgent political statement that's also a funny, sexy entertainment. more...
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  • The Seven Year Itch

    Although it was directed by Billy Wilder, this 1955 CinemaScope classic sometimes seems presided over by Frank Tashlin, with its satire of 50s puritanism and its use of wimpy Tom Ewell as the married and harried book editor driven to dreams and distraction by his upstairs neighbor (Marilyn Monroe, magnificent) while his wife and son are on holiday. more...
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  • Stoker (R)

    Foreign filmmakers are rarely well served by their excursions into Hollywood, but for South Korean director Chan-wook Park, the guiding hand of Fox Searchlight may not have been a bad thing: this erotic psychodrama (2013) rivals his Oldboy and Lady Vengeance in its bold color and delirious compositions but avoids the ritualized sadism that made those films such dubious pleasures. more...
  • Shadow Dancer (R)

    This British thriller by James Marsh (Man on Wire) is a little too neatly scripted and tightly edited for my taste, but there are galvanizing performances from Andrea Riseborough, as a Belfast mother who's mixed up in the Provisional IRA, and Clive Owen, as an MI5 agent who turns her against her comrades. more...
  • Seraphine

    The modern primitivist painter Seraphine de Senlis was discovered when the German art collector, dealer, and homosexual expatriate Wilhelm Uhde visited her rural French village prior to World War I. This transcendent 2008 biopic by director Martin Provost charts the artist's rise and fall, from her lowly station as Uhde's psychologically unstable, devoutly Catholic maid through her acclaim and fortunes during the Depression and World War II. more...
  • The Soloist (PG-13)

    Once a promising music student at Juilliard, Nathaniel Ayers was schizophrenic and homeless, playing violin on the streets of LA, when columnist Steve Lopez began writing about him in the Los Angeles Times in 2005. more...