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  • Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea

    In this occasionally lighthearted but always affecting cautionary tale (2004), Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer trace the history of California's Salton Sea, the result of a century-old irrigation project in the desert that went awry. more...
  • Le Plaisir

    Max Ophuls's 1951 anthology film (a popular form of the time that has sadly fallen into disuse) collects three short stories by Guy de Maupassant, each dealing with the ideal of “pleasure” in a different context: old age, sex, and sacrifice. more...
  • Planet B-Boy

    Breakdancing has come a long way since its earliest beginnings in the 70s; its reach is now global, and its steps more complex. more...
  • Platform

    Jia Zhang-ke's second feature (2002) is his best work to date and one of the greatest of all Chinese films. more...
  • Platoon (R)

    Oliver Stone's fictionalized memoir of the Vietnam war (1986) attempts to re-create, as viscerally as possible, the harrowing realities of combat—blood and guts and traumatized emotions splayed out like freshly exploded corpses in a minefield. more...
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  • Play Dirty

    This 1968 desert caper, the last film directed by veteran Andre de Toth, ranks among his best work. more...
  • Play

    Chilean writer-director Alicia Scherson, who won the Tribeca film festival's “new narrative filmmaker” award, went to college in Chicago but shot this delightfully fresh first feature in Santiago. more...
  • Playtime

    My favorite movie, this 1967 French comedy by actor-director Jacques Tati has the most intricately designed mise en scene in all of cinema. more...
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  • Please Give (R)

    The witty and perceptive writer-director Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking, Lovely & Amazing, Friends With Money) delivers her best feature yet, a sharp-elbowed philosophical comedy that ponders why people find it so hard to be generous with one another. more...
  • Pleasures of the Flesh

    In its handling of lust, obsession, and the annihilating power of sex, this 1965 Japanese drama by Nagisa Oshima prefigures his notorious In the Realm of the Senses (1976) without getting nearly as close to oblivion. more...
  • Ploy

    Though less well-known than Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaruang is in many ways as impressive a figure in his versatility, in features that usually work with more commercial genres (as in his 6ixtynin9 and Invisible Waves). more...