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  • American Hardcore

    Unlike the 70s punk that preceded it, 80s hardcore never offered much in the way of fun, hope, or idealism—just speed and naked aggression, which makes this ambitious documentary by director Paul Rachman and writer Steven Blush (adapting his book American Hardcore: A Tribal History) a rather grim nostalgia trip. more...
  • An American in Paris

    While not nearly the musical it's cracked up to be, this 1951 film is absolutely required viewing for anyone who wants to see the studio system (MGM style) at its gaudiest, most Byzantine height. more...
  • American Revolution 2

    In the pop-culture shorthand, the protests surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago consisted of white kids opposing the Vietnam war; this black-and-white cinema verite documentary (1969) offers a welcome corrective by looking at the city's black underclass and the economic issues it brought to the mix. more...
  • Anchors Aweigh

    This is the one where Gene Kelly dances with Jerry the Mouse, a classic bit of animation that Disney wouldn't have been ashamed of. more...
  • Annie (PG)

    John Huston is listed as director of this elephantine Ray Stark production, based on the Broadway musical (which was based, in turn, on Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie comic strip), but this is the kind of overproduced monolith in which even better directors can easily lose their way. more...
  • Another Year (PG-13)

    Both Mike Leigh and Woody Allen make movies about people encased in their unhappiness; the difference is that Leigh honors his characters' right to be miserable if they so desire, whereas Allen seems to respect no one’s melancholy but his own. more...
  • Antigone's Noir

    Directed by Northwestern University professor Domietta Torlasco, this 29-minute short uses contemporary footage, documentary photos, and public-domain footage to embellish or reconfigure story elements from classic films noirs. more...
  • Apollo 13 (PG)

    Ron Howard directed this 1995 adaptation of Lost Moon, astronaut Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger's book about the harrowing flight of Apollo 13. more...
  • Apprehension

    Lothar Warneke directed this 1981 German drama about a woman whose diagnosis of breast cancer forces her to reevaluate her life. more...