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  • Barbara (PG-13)

    German suspense director Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow) has found an ideal setting for his quietly oppressive tone: East Germany in 1980. more...
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  • Barbershop: The Next Cut (PG-13)

    The fourth entry in the Barbershop franchise delivers keen social commentary, bringing back many of the key players from the 2002 and 2004 installments (the 2005 spin-off Beauty Shop is best forgotten). more...
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  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13)

    "The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right," declares Hushpuppy, the fierce, nappy-headed girl at the center of this extraordinary southern gothic. more...
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  • Beautiful Creatures (PG-13)

    Adapted from a young adult novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, this fantasy about witches and warlocks walking among us was clearly produced for the Twilight crowd, but a witty script and the enjoyably hammy performances from Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons broaden its appeal. more...
  • Bend It Like Beckham (PG-13)

    This comedy about an Anglo-Indian girl who wants to play professional soccer has been a crowd pleaser in the soccer-crazed UK, but the crowd I saw it with seemed more delighted by its affectionate satire of tradition-minded Indians living in Britain, a subculture well-known to writer-director Gurinder Chadha (Bhaji on the Beach). more...
  • A Better Life (PG-13)

    In this soulful drama, an illegal immigrant from Mexico (Demian Bichir) borrows $12,000 to buy a used truck so he can start his own upscale gardening business in LA, and after the vehicle is stolen he and his resentful son (Jose Julian) search for it across the city's Latino neighborhoods. more...
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  • Beyond the Lights (PG-13)

    An LAPD officer (Nate Parker) rescues a rising hip-hop star (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) from a suicide attempt, and the two enter into a love affair, angering both the cop's father (Danny Glover), who wants his son to run for city council, and the singer's domineering mother-cum-manager (Minnie Driver). more...
  • Big Man Japan (PG-13)

    Whenever Tokyo is getting torn up by a giant monster—from the look of things, about once a week—the defense department summons Masaru Daisato, a weary civil servant who climbs into purple underpants the size of a billboard, receives a massive jolt of electricity, and turns into a towering Kewpie doll known as Big Man Japan. more...
  • The Blind Side (PG-13)

    Based on the nonfiction book by Michael Lewis, this potent tearjerker tells the story of Michael Oher, a gigantic black teenager from impoverished West Memphis who, accepted as a charity case by a local Christian academy and taken in by a wealthy white family, became an All America offensive tackle and was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens. more...
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Bridge of Spies (PG-13)

    Tom Hanks lends his considerable Honest John appeal to this fascinating cold war drama about the secret exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, captured by the FBI in New York City, and Francis Gary Powers, whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia in 1960. more...
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  • Brooklyn (PG-13)

    Set in the early 1950s, this immigrant drama follows a young Irishwoman (Saoirse Ronan) as she leaves her mother and sister to settle in the title New York borough, works as a countergirl at a Manhattan department store, and falls in love with a sweet Italian boy (Emory Cohen). more...
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  • The Brothers Grimm (PG-13)

    This brisk, free-falling fantasy (2005) about the famous collators of German fairy tales, played here as a kind of comedy act by Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, is Terry Gilliam's most entertaining work since the glory days of Time Bandits, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and The Fisher King. more...