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  • Valentino: The Last Emperor (PG-13)

    Part celebrity dish, part business journalism, this illuminating 2008 documentary about the legendary Italian designer Valentino Garavani spans the tumultuous final two years of his decades-long reign as one of the most successful innovators in the fashion industry. more...
  • Velvet Goldmine

    Conceptual to a fault, writer-director Todd Haynes (Poison, Safe) realizes one of his oldest and most cherished projects—a celebration of the glam-rock era and the bisexuality it turned into an opulent circus—with wit, glitter, and energy, but with such a scant sense of character or period that it leaves one feeling relatively empty as soon as it's over. more...
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  • Vera Drake (R)

    Mike Leigh paints a warm and tragic portrait of the title character (Imelda Staunton), a good-hearted wife and mother in 1950 London who works as a cleaning lady but also as an unpaid abortionist. more...
  • Vernon, Florida

    Errol Morris's second film (1981), made after Gates of Heaven and before The Thin Blue Line, is a 55-minute documentary about the eccentric residents of a small town. more...
  • The Vikings

    Kirk Douglas bought the rights to Edison Marshall's novel The Viking in hope of producing and starring in the most authentic film possible about medieval life; director Richard Fleischer, for his part, spent over a year in preproduction, working with historians in Norway (where much of the film was shot) to incorporate all the latest research. more...
  • Vincent & Theo

    Pared down from an English miniseries by the director himself, this 1990 feature by Robert Altman about Vincent van Gogh and his art dealer brother Theo, scripted by Julian Mitchell, is basically an extended reflection on the uneasy relationship between art and commerce that has relatively little to do with painting per se. more...
  • The Visitor (PG-13)

    Richard Jenkins, the balding, bespectacled character actor best known as the ghostly father on HBO's Six Feet Under, gets the role of a lifetime in this powerful second film (2008) by writer-director Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent). more...
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