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  • Mala Noche

    For people like me who often feel oppressed by minority-film categories such as "gay films," "black films," "Jewish films" and so on, calling this really well-done, low-budget, personal effort—directed and adapted by Gus Van Sant from a Walt Curtis novel, and shot in Portland, Oregon—a gay film isn't very helpful. more...
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  • Mr. Arkadin

    Orson Welles's 1955 film seems a deliberate, bitter parody of Citizen Kane, with the grandeur turned to transparent theatrical fakery and the quest for truth deflected into shoddy opportunism. more...
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  • Martin & Orloff

    A corporate nebbish (Ian Roberts), released from the hospital after a suicide attempt, is dragged into a series of bizarre adventures by his cigar-chomping psychiatrist (Matt Walsh) in this superior 2002 farce by Walsh, Roberts, and Katie Roberts, all veterans of Chicago's ImprovOlympic who went on to form the Upright Citizens Brigade. more...
  • Marion Bridge

    Nova Scotian playwright Daniel MacIvor based the screenplay of this powerful Canadian feature (2002) on his play of the same name, and it has all the virtues of fine stage drama: narrative economy, honest emotion, and characters so clearly defined that the most pedestrian encounters between them can be revelatory. more...
  • My Left Foot

    The remarkable Daniel Day-Lewis plays the remarkable Christy Brown, an Irishman born with a severe case of cerebral palsy who eventually taught himself to paint and write with his left foot. more...
  • The Man With the Golden Arm

    Otto Preminger's 1955 adaptation of Nelson Algren's novel is something of a crossroads movie, suspended between the swirling expressionism of Preminger's early career and the balanced realism that would later become his forte. more...