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  • Sacco and Vanzetti

    Peter Miller's concise and thoughtful 2005 documentary reexamines the notorious Sacco and Vanzetti case from the perspective of a post-9/11 world, where concern over public safety has once again empowered xenophobes and reactionaries to trample on the rights of immigrants. more...
  • 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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  • Scarlet Street

    Fritz Lang's most harrowing study of guilt and damnation, this 1945 feature is a remake of Jean Renoir's La Chienne, with Edward G. Robinson as a quietly suffering bookkeeper who encounters fate in the form of a calculating prostitute (Joan Bennett) and her pimp (Dan Duryea). 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 School of Rock (PG-13)

    Broadly speaking, this 2003 comedy is Richard Linklater's French Cancan—that is to say, a humanist's joyful exploration of the musical in which the actors' personalities resonate as much as the characters they play. more...
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  • The Secret Garden (G)

    Screenwriter Caroline Thompson and director Agnieszka Holland have turned Frances Hodgson Burnett's rather gothic 1911 children's book into an evocative, beautifully realized picture (1993). more...
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