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  • Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

    Some time ago I read an interview with the late South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok, who had been abducted by North Korean agents and held captive for eight years so that dictator Kim Jong-il could play movie producer. more...
  • An Acceptable Loss
  • An Acceptable Loss (R)

    Shot in Chicago and on Northwestern University's Evanston campus, this speculative political thriller stumbles through most of its first hour, during which a disgraced former national security analyst (Tika Sumpter) comes out of retirement to accept a distinguished academic appointment, only to arouse protests and attract the sinister attention of a furtive graduate student (Ben Tavassoli). more...
  • Accidental Army: The Amazing True Story of the Czechoslovak Legion (NR)

    A stash of rare World War I photos preserved by a small museum in Prague inspired Chicago media execs Bruce Bendinger and John Iltis to trace the history of the "Czechoslovak Legion," a force of 70,000 Czechs and Slovaks who were instrumental in the Allied victory. more...
  • The Afghan Bride

    An earnest drama from Iranian director Abolghassem Talebi, this 2004 TV movie follows the tribulations of a progressive schoolteacher after he runs afoul of the Taliban. more...
  • After Midnight

    A sexy car thief, his gamine lover, and the shy film buff who rescues her form a romantic triangle in Davide Ferrario's beguiling valentine to the movies. more...
  • The Aftermath
  • The Aftermath (R)

    The value of Rhidian Brook's novel, from which this film is adapted, is the ground-zero view of firebombed post-World War II Hamburg by its surviving Germans—from starving street urchins, to middle-class adults who were not Nazi party members but who suffer all the burdens and humiliations of defeat nonetheless, to hostile teenagers who still revere Hitler and plot terrorist attacks against the Allied occupying forces. more...
  • Against the Law
  • Against the Law

    This somber BBC production, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 British law decriminalizing homosexuality, intercuts eyewitness accounts from grizzled survivors of homophobia in postwar England with a dramatic treatment of the life of journalist and activist Peter Wildeblood. more...
  • Agnes and His Brothers

    Freud would have had a field day with this 2004 German feature: its dysfunctional Westphalian family includes a nerdy librarian (Moritz Bleibtreu) who masturbates while hiding in women's restrooms; his ambitious politician brother (Herbert Knaup), who defecates on a napkin in his office rather than put down the phone; and their transgender club-hopping sibling (Martin Weiss), who can't fathom that her boyfriend wants a housewife, not an independent woman. more...
  • Agogo Eewo

    This sly tale of political chicanery in Nigeria features a large, zestful, and elaborately costumed cast that frequently breaks into song and dance, turning the movie into a sort of Yoruban musical. more...
  • Air Doll (NR)

    In this quirky riff on the Galatea myth, Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking, Maborosi) adapts a manga by Yoshiie Gouda about a blow-up sex doll that comes alive one morning after its owner leaves for work. more...
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  • Ajami (NR)

    Jewish filmmaker Yaron Shani and Palestinian filmmaker Scandar Copti collaborated on this gritty Israeli drama, which circles around chronologically in Pulp Fiction fashion to tell the interlocking stories of three families. more...
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  • Akeelah and the Bee (PG)

    Coming on the heels of Spellbound and Bee Season, this small gem (2006) about a South Central LA girl with a gift for spelling restores luster to the family genre. more...
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