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  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (NR)

    As burlesque and later radio comics, Abbott and Costello found their metier in bizarre patter routines; they never got the hang of the kiddie slapstick Universal assigned to them, and their physical comedy is low, heavy, and graceless. more...
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    An engaging 1971 parody of Victorian horror films by Robert Fuest, the director responsible for the earnestly absurd TV series The Avengers. more...
  • About Last Night . . . (R)

    Adapting David Mamet's play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, screenwriters Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue have done an admirable job of turning an unfilmable piece into a polished commercial product (1986), yet so much of the flavor of the original has been lost that you wonder why they bothered with the Mamet in the first place. more...
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  • Absence of Malice

    The invective against the press and the First Amendment contained in Sydney Pollack's 1981 film is probably its least objectionable aspect: the picture has a smug, demoralizing sense of pervasive corruption, putting forward the Paul Newman character (a businessman libeled by reporter Sally Field) as the last good and true human being in the United States. more...
  • Accatone!

    Pier Paolo Pasolini's first film is neo-neorealism, set in the slums and back alleys familiar from De Sica and Fellini but directed with a cold dispassion that belongs to Pasolini alone. more...
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  • Accident

    Joseph Losey's coldly funny puzzle movie (1967), about the erotic entanglements of Oxford as superbly entangled by scenarist Harold Pinter. more...
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  • Across the Pacific

    John Huston's sort-of sequel to The Maltese Falcon, with Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet together again in an equally obscure plot, involving Nazi spies in Panama. more...
  • Adam's Rib

    George Cukor's gracious 1949 comedy about a lady lawyer (Katharine Hepburn) married to a district attorney (Spencer Tracy) and what happens when they find themselves on opposite sides of a shooting trial. more...
  • L'addition

    This French import plays like the dumbo version of Bresson's L'argent: a young actor (Richard Berry) is sent to prison for coming to the aid of a beautiful shoplifter (Victoria Abril), incurs the wrath of a psychotic guard (Richard Bohringer), has his sentence quadrupled, and is forced into the killing of a sadistic fellow inmate. more...
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

    A parody of pulp fiction ought to demonstrate at least as much imagination as the real thing, but this 1984 superhero spoof, directed by W.D. Richter and written by Earl Mac Rauch, contents itself with stringing together a selection of blunt adolescent power fantasies: the eponymous protagonist is a brain surgeon/rock star/test pilot who also operates as a troubleshooter for the U.S. government. more...
  • The Adventures of Don Juan

    Errol Flynn at the end of his Warner Brothers tenure, in a 1948 remake of a 1926 John Barrymore vehicle (history, clearly, was getting ready to repeat itself). more...
  • The Adventures of Mark Twain

    Selections from Twain's writings, rendered in Will Vinton's patented—and peculiar—“Claymation” technique. more...