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  • King of Thieves (R)

    In this edgy 2004 German-Slovakian feature, parents in a rural Ukrainian village sell their acrobatic son and daughter to a circus owner who promises them international fame and fortune; once they've been smuggled into Berlin, the girl is sold to a vicious pimp and the boy is apprenticed to a gang of teenage street thieves. more...
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan (G)

    The Muppets' enjoyable third feature (1984) has Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang storming New York in search of a producer who's willing to give them a shot on Broadway. more...
  • The Fast and the Furious

    Investigating a series of daring truck heists on the LA freeways, a young FBI agent (Paul Walker) infiltrates a street-racing crew whose revered leader (Vin Diesel) is a prime suspect. more...
  • Don't Look Down

    A young naif, afflicted with bouts of sleepwalking in the wake of his father's death, lands in the bed of his neighbor's visiting granddaughter, and the soulful young woman decides to help him overcome his grief by schooling him in the Kama Sutra. more...
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  • Encounter Point (NR)

    If Israel and Palestine ever achieve a lasting peace, it will likely be cemented by the kind of people interviewed in Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha's remarkable 2006 documentary. more...
  • The Aura

    The late Argentinean director Fabian Bielinsky follows up his hugely successful Nine Queens with another heist story (2005), this one about a morose taxidermist (Ricardo Darin) who goes on a weekend hunting excursion with a buddy that leads to an accidental killing and then to a complicated plot to rob an armored truck. more...
  • The Journey

    Chicagoan Ligy J. Pullappally wrote and directed this earnest 2004 tale of forbidden love set in India, in which two childhood friends, Kiran (Suhasini Nair) and Delilah (Shrruiti Menon), daughters of wealthy neighboring families, find their idyllic lives shaken as their friendship turns into romantic love. more...
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  • Domestic Violence

    One wouldn't expect a documentary by Frederick Wiseman about domestic violence to be anything less than powerful, but it's his subtle, low-key approach to such an emotionally charged subject—one too often presented in luridly melodramatic terms—that makes this 2001 film so devastating. more...
  • Safe in Hell

    William Wellman directed this racy precode tale of a saucy prostitute (Dorothy Mackaill in a terrific performance) who unintentionally kills one of her clients and flees to a tropical island that serves as a haven for criminals. more...
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  • Hollywood Chinese

    Director Arthur Dong's engaging survey of the Chinese-American experience in Hollywood could have taken the easy way out by just focusing on the evolving portrayal of Chinese-Americans in mainstream films (an evolution that's been embarrassingly slow, as the movie amply demonstrates), but Dong takes a more nuanced and interesting path instead. more...
  • Seven Billiards Tables

    In this amiable comedy drama, a single mother (Maribel Verdu of Pan's Labyrinth) inherits her father's decrepit billiards hall and sets about restoring it to its former glory, assisted by her small son and the father's irascible girlfriend (Blanca Portillo). more...
  • Opopomoz

    The weakest feature of the 2004 Chicago International Children's Film Festival may be Enzo d'Alo's 2003 Disney-influenced animation from Italy in which a selfish young boy is forced to save Christmas from the machinations of three little demons. more...