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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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  • 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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  • Paths of Glory

    The 1957 film that established Stanley Kubrick's reputation, adapted by Kubrick, Calder Willingham, and Jim Thompson from Humphrey Cobb's novel about French soldiers being tried for cowardice during World War I. Corrosively antiwar in its treatment of the corruption and incompetence of military commanders, it's far from pacifist in spirit, and Kirk Douglas's strong and angry performance as the officer defending the unjustly charged soldiers perfectly contains this contradiction. 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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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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