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  • Alamar (NR)

    Less a documentary than a naturalistic prose poem, this Mexican feature reveals in all its hardship and beauty a vanishing way of life: the daily work of fishermen who ply the giant coastal reefs of Mexico's Edenic Banco Chinchorro. more...
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  • Birth of Magellan

    Part of a year-long, citywide series on filmmaker Hollis Frampton—which concludes with a symposium in February 2010—this program collects five parts of the filmmaker’s monumental unfinished "Magellan" cycle. more...
  • Bliss

    Movies dealing with the Islamist subjugation of women are usually documentaries or bleak social dramas, so I was somewhat taken aback to see the idea animating this expertly made and utterly engaging 2007 Turkish thriller. more...
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  • Bomber (NR)

    Comparisons to Little Miss Sunshine are all but inevitable, but this trenchant and truthful indie comedy masterpiece about a dysfunctional family on a road trip blows that funny little picture out of the water. more...
  • Bronson

    Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn follows his aggressively stylized Pusher trilogy with this in-your-face biopic of British prisoner Charles Bronson (originally Michael Gordon Peterson), who was sentenced on a robbery conviction in 1974 and has proved so incorrigibly violent that he's spent most of his life since then behind bars. more...
  • Collapse

    Other documentaries—Crude Impact, The End of Suburbia—have assessed the "peak oil" theory, that worldwide oil production since the mid-19th century has followed a bell curve and now we're on the downside of it. more...
  • Daddy Longlegs

    Ronald Bronstein, who wrote and directed the disquieting indie Frownland, steps in front of the cameras for this similarly lo-fi drama, and his loose-limbed performance as the brash, irresponsible father of two young boys establishes him as a genuine triple threat. more...
  • Dialogues

    In Owen Land’s films from the 70s and 80s (made under the name George Landow), bright, crisp images of colorful objects contrast with the films’ elliptical structures and language-based humor. more...
  • Films by Adele Friedman

    For more than three decades Chicago filmmaker Adele Friedman has been forging and refining an original vision with her silent portraits, in which wide-angle cinematography and obsessive panning spread out the spaces of apartments and gardens, creating a sensuous panorama of the ordinary. more...
  • The Island Inside (NR)

    Discomfiting but riveting, this 2009 cocktail of psychodrama and pitch-black farce is tightly focused on a supremely dysfunctional family of codependents living in the discordantly beautiful Canary Islands. more...
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  • La Vérité (NR)

    A smash hit in France and an Oscar nominee in the U.S., this 1960 courtroom drama was the last big success for writer-director Henri-Georges Clouzot, whose jaundiced view of humanity resonated in such classic mysteries as The Raven (1943) and Diabolique (1955). more...
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