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  • The Armstrong Lie (R)

    Liars are Alex Gibney's specialty: among the subjects of his best documentaries are such world-class prevaricators as Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), Jack Abramoff (Casino Jack and the United States of Money), and Eliot Spitzer (Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer). more...
  • A Body Without Organs

    First-time director Stephen Graves crafts an intimate portrait of his father, Bill Graves, a former doctor who's barely left home since a rare medical condition forced surgeons to remove his colon and parts of his intestines in 1997. more...
  • The Camera Obscura

    This muted 2008 melodrama tells the familiar story of an ugly duckling—complete with frizzy hair and glasses—whose self-confidence blooms only after she finds true love. more...
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  • Cutter's Way

    A handsome, ambitious film that fails to satisfy—perhaps because the director, Ivan Passer, insists on an ambiguity on the plot level that muddies and dilutes the thematic thrust. more...
  • Dirty Wars (NR)

    The flood of theatrical documentaries about the War on Terror—Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), Why We Fight (2005), The Ground Truth (2006), No End in Sight (2007), Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), Standard Operating Procedure (2008)—has slowed to a trickle since President Obama took office, which makes this uncompromising exposé from reporter Jeremy Scahill even more important. more...
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  • Elle (R)

    Dutch writer-director Paul Verhoeven, making his first French-language film, returns to the themes of sexual perversion and errant womanhood he mined in Basic Instinct (1992) and Showgirls (1995). more...
  • Hit & Stay

    Heartfelt and informative, this historical documentary considers the role of civil disobedience in the anti-Vietnam War movement, focusing on the efforts of priests, nuns, and other devout Catholics. more...
  • The House I Live In

    No one can accuse Eugene Jarecki of thinking small: his masterful 2005 documentary Why We Fight took on no less than the military-industrial complex, and his new one plunges into the 40-year, $1 trillion war on drugs. more...