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  • 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 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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  • Seraphine

    The modern primitivist painter Seraphine de Senlis was discovered when the German art collector, dealer, and homosexual expatriate Wilhelm Uhde visited her rural French village prior to World War I. This transcendent 2008 biopic by director Martin Provost charts the artist's rise and fall, from her lowly station as Uhde's psychologically unstable, devoutly Catholic maid through her acclaim and fortunes during the Depression and World War II. more...
  • 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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  • Shadow Dancer (R)

    This British thriller by James Marsh (Man on Wire) is a little too neatly scripted and tightly edited for my taste, but there are galvanizing performances from Andrea Riseborough, as a Belfast mother who's mixed up in the Provisional IRA, and Clive Owen, as an MI5 agent who turns her against her comrades. more...
  • The Shock Doctrine (NR)

    Naomi Klein adapts her best-selling book, which argues that followers of free-market guru Milton Friedman have exploited various political crises and natural disasters around the world to install capitalist regimes and privatize public assets and services. more...