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  • Panic in Needle Park

    By their own admission, screenwriters Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne spent only a day or so researching their assigned topic—New York junkies—and this early Jerry Schatzberg feature (1971) shows it, though Al Pacino plays one of the two romantic leads (along with Kitty Winn), and many of Schatzberg's fans have praised the mise en scene. more...
  • The Paper Chase

    The drudgery and challenge of Harvard Law School for a beginning student (Timothy Bottoms) might not have seemed a promising subject for a commercial picture, but this was so popular it became a TV series. more...
  • 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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  • Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (NR)

    No one needs another trip down 60s memory lane, but there's no other way to tell the life story of protest singer Phil Ochs, a true believer who gave himself over to the great liberal causes of the Vietnam era and spiraled downward into depression and suicide in 1976. more...
  • 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...
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  • The Piano Teacher

    For me, a few of Michael Haneke's features are first-rate (The Seventh Continent, The Castle, Code Unknown) but most of the others replay formulas other filmmakers have handled with more style and originality. more...
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