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  • Bayou Maharaja
  • Bayou Maharaja

    One of many fascinating moments in this 2013 profile of New Orleans piano man James Booker—the self-proclaimed "Black Liberace"—occurs early on, when an admiring Harry Connick Jr., perched in front of the keys, visually breaks down Booker's complex, confluent style. more...
  • Be With Me

    There's little dialogue in most of this absorbing biography-drama hybrid by Singapore filmmaker Eric Khoo. more...
  • The Beaches of Agnes

    French filmmaker Agnes Varda returns to the guiding metaphor of The Gleaners and I (2000), her documentary about scavengers, though in this visually witty 2009 memoir she's poring over her own past and its artifacts—some of them people. more...
  • Beah: A Black Woman Speaks

    Biography can not only inspire but also heal, as Lisa Gay Hamilton demonstrates in this 2003 profile of her mentor, actress and black feminist icon Beah Richards. more...
  • Bear Cub

    A warm, wholesome, and unabashedly homoerotic film about a gay dentist who makes a home for his orphaned nephew, Miguel Albaladejo's Bear Cub casually pulls off an amazing feat—combining innocent childhood nostalgia and graphic sexuality. more...
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13)

    "The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right," declares Hushpuppy, the fierce, nappy-headed girl at the center of this extraordinary southern gothic. more...
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  • The Beat That My Heart Skipped

    Fingers, James Toback's 1978 debut feature about a second-generation gangster who plays classical piano, was described by Dave Kehr as "dauntingly personal filmmaking, full of strange, suggestive ideas and deep feelings that are never made comprehensible for the audience." more...
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  • Beat the Drum

    Like Alexander McKendrick's A Boy Ten Feet Tall (1963), this moving 2003 coming-of-age story follows an orphan who sets off alone across Africa in search of a relative living in the big city. more...
  • Le Beau Mariage (PG)

    The second installment of Eric Rohmer's "Comedies and Proverbs" is, like The Aviator's Wife, a study in destructive imagination and the limitations of personal perspectives—which is to say that the characters talk as much as they did in the "Six Moral Tales," but no one really hears what they're saying. more...
  • Beau Travail

    A gorgeous mirage of a movie (1999), Claire Denis' reverie about the French foreign legion in eastern Africa, suggested by Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Foretopman, benefits especially from having been choreographed (by Bernardo Montet, who also plays one of the legionnaires). more...
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  • Beaufort

    Adapted from Ron Leshem's novel, this blistering antiwar film (2007) takes place in the closing days of Israel's first war in Lebanon, a conflict that lasted 18 years. more...
  • Beautiful Boxer

    If this 2003 Thai feature weren't based on a true story, you'd never buy it: hoping to earn money for a sex change, a former Buddhist monk (Asanee Suwan) becomes a competitive kickboxer and rises to the top of the field. more...
  • Beautiful Boy (R)

    They say there's nothing more painful than losing a child, but what about losing your child when he kills 20 people and then himself in a collegiate shooting rampage? more...
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  • The Beautiful Country

    A Vietnamese teenager, shunned because of his Amerasian features, journeys to Saigon in 1990 to find his disgraced Vietnamese mother, then to America to track down his father, a soldier from Texas who disappeared shortly before the war ended. more...