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  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    This 1946 domestic epic about three World War II veterans returning to civilian life, 172 minutes long and winner of nine Oscars, isn't considered hip nowadays. more...
  • The Betrayal

    As a child in Laos, Thavisouk Phrasavath witnessed the carnage wrought by U.S. bombardment during the Vietnam war; as a teenage refugee in Brooklyn, trapped in a hellish housing project with his mother and siblings, he experienced another variety of American destruction. 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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  • Between the Lines

    German filmmaker Thomas Wartmann and New Delhi photojournalist Anita Khemka comb through Bombay for this fascinating 2005 documentary on hijras, men who comport themselves as women. more...
  • Beyond the Gates

    Critics have faulted this 2005 British feature about the Rwandan genocide for focusing on a couple of white characters instead of the 800,000 Tutsis who were slaughtered, but such easy judgments miss the point entirely: this is a spiritual drama, not a political one, drawing a thick line between our good intentions and the selfish choices we ultimately make. more...
  • Beyond the Hills (NR)

    Raised in a German orphanage, Voichita has found peace as a novice in a Romanian convent, but her austere life is roiled by a visit from her unstable friend Alina, who has graduated from the same orphanage to a series of foster homes. 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...
  • Beyond the Sea

    Kevin Spacey spent more than a decade trying to build a biopic around reptilian pop singer Bobby Darin, and his determination paid off in this glorious mess of a movie (2004). more...
  • Bhopali

    In December 1984 the central Indian city of Bhopal experienced one of the worst industrial disasters in history when toxic gas erupted from a Union Carbide chemical plant, killing thousands instantly and poisoning the local water supply for years to come. more...
  • Bicycle Thieves

    Though open to criticism for its obsession with the brutality of modern life, this 1948 film by Vittorio De Sica is undeniably the most important neorealist film after Rossellini's Open City. more...
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  • The Big Animal

    A circus camel, abandoned on the outskirts of a small Polish town, appears at the front gate of a middle-aged bank clerk (Jerzy Stuhr) and his wife (Anna Dymna), who adopt the exotic animal and find their drab lives infused with joy and possibility. more...
  • The Big Bad Swim

    This fine ensemble comedy (2006) revolves around a beginning swim class for adults, but the title is mostly figurative: as the students get to know each other and romantic complications accumulate, any degree of intimacy begins to feel like a plunge into the deep end. more...
  • The Big Combo

    This 1955 film noir borders on total abstraction for most of its length and then achieves it in an astonishing final scene—a shoot-out in the fog that suggests an armed and dangerous Michelangelo Antonioni. more...