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  • Paradise: Love

    Ulrich Seidl's extraordinary "Paradise" trilogy begins with this 2012 drama that explores sex tourism in Kenya without leering or moralizing; the tone is wry, inquisitive, and disarmingly sympathetic. more...
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  • Pavilion

    This lyrical drama, which finds its aesthetic somewhere between the long takes of Gus Van Sant's Elephant (2003) and the intimate, home-movie feel in much of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (2011), captures adolescence at its most wistful. more...
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  • The Paperboy (R)

    A strange hybrid of southern gothic literature and 70s drive-in cinema, this drama centers on a young man in south Florida (Zac Efron) whose older brother (Matthew McConaughey), a reporter for a Miami daily, returns to town hoping to exonerate a worthless swamp rat (John Cusack) for the murder of a local sheriff. more...
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  • Photographic Memory

    Ross McElwee is a poet of memory and, on a larger scale, history: his classic documentary Sherman's March (1986) began as a chronicle of the Union general's devastating campaign through the Confederate south but eventually grew into a comic confessional about McElwee's romantic misadventures as he was making the film. more...
  • Police, Adjective

    Romania's boom in sardonic, minimalist social drama (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days) continues with this low-boiling but addictive story about a young police detective who's begun to question the justice of the drug laws he's enforcing. more...
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  • The Proposal

    The premise is as old as The Taming of the Shrew—a sharp-tongued woman falls for a resourceful suitor who's gotten past her defenses—but it works just fine in this buoyant vehicle for Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, whose chemistry is a happy surprise. more...
  • Poison (R)

    This 1991 avant-garde shocker by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven) freely cuts between three supposedly separate stories, each in a different style and set in a different period: a 40s tale of homoerotic passion in a prison that's loosely derived from Jean Genet, a black-and-white 50s SF-horror melodrama about a leprous sex criminal, and an 80s TV exposé about a victimized seven-year-old boy who murders his father. more...