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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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  • Safety Last

    The most famous image of silent comedy—Harold Lloyd hanging from the hands of a clock, 12 stories above the streets of Los Angeles—represents only one of the great moments in what could be the most brilliantly sustained comic climax in film history (1923). more...
  • Sans Soleil

    Chris Marker's 1982 masterpiece is one of the key nonfiction films of our time—a personal philosophical essay that concentrates mainly on contemporary Tokyo but also includes footage shot in Iceland, Guinea-Bissau, and San Francisco (where the filmmaker tracks down all the locations from Hitchcock's Vertigo). 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...
  • Silver Linings Playbook (R)

    Following a detour into heavy drama with The Fighter, David O. Russell returns to his distinctive brand of neurotic screwball comedy, and like his early features Spanking the Monkey (1994) and Flirting With Disaster (1996), this one somersaults giddily from sanity to insanity to sanity again. more...