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  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

    Abacus Federal Savings Bank holds the distinction of being the only financial institution prosecuted as a result of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis, though as this engrossing documentary by Steve James suggests, it may have been a sacrificial lamb. more...
  • Abandon

    Stephen Gaghan, who scripted this turkey, landed in the director's chair after Edward Zwick (Glory) bailed out, and you can almost smell the flop sweat. more...
  • Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (NR)

    Abbott and Costello were never known for their quality control, but once the comedy duo launched their successful TV series in 1952, their theatrical features really hit the skids. more...
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

    Bud Abbott, probably the sharpest straight man in movie history, was badly alcoholic and almost as pudgy as his partner by the time they made this rote horror comedy (1955), their last for Universal. more...
  • The ABCs of Death (NR)

    Twenty-six horror/fantasy filmmakers contribute three- or four-minute shorts, each taking death as its theme and a letter of the alphabet as its inspiration. more...
  • Abortion: Stories Women Tell
  • Abortion: Stories Women Tell (NR)

    Produced for HBO, this engrossing documentary by Tracy Droz Tragos comes down hard on the state of Missouri, where women who seek abortions have a choice of exactly one provider and are further constrained by a 72-hour waiting period. more...
  • About a Boy

    Few movies have made better use of Hugh Grant's shallow charm and amused befuddlement than this funny and well-paced adaptation of Nick Hornby's best-selling second novel, which charts the unlikely friendship between a preteen nerd crossing over into adolescence (Nicholas Hoult) and a thirtysomething hipster hanging on to it for dear life. more...
  • About Cherry (NR)

    Dramas about the porn industry range from expressions of puritanical rage (Paul Schrader's Hardcore) to celebrations of open sexuality (Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights); this one manages to avoid both extremes, as well as anything else that might make it worth watching. more...
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  • About Elly
  • About Elly

    Just prior to the Oscar-winning A Separation, Asghar Farhadi directed this 2009 drama, and though not as tightly constructed as its successor, it's another suspenseful domestic intrigue deeply rooted in traditional Iranian mores and social codes. more...
  • Abuse of Weakness
  • Abuse of Weakness

    French director Catherine Breillat, adapting her own memoir, revisits her 2004 stroke, her grueling rehabilitation, and the subsequent turn of events in which she began collaborating on a film project with the notorious confidence man Christophe Rocancourt and got bilked out of 700,000 Euros. more...
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  • Academy Award Nominated Live Action Short Films 2007

    Like a good short story, a good short film embraces the limitations of its form instead of struggling against them, which may explain why, of the four films I was able to preview on this program of Oscar nominees, the worst turned out to be the longest while the best was among the shortest. more...