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  • Reign of Terror

    Along with James Whale's The Great Garrick, this 1949 melodrama about the French Revolution, also known as The Black Book, is one of the few period pictures that qualify as film noir; Anthony Mann directed it with sumptuously arty chiaroscuro (cinematography by John Alton). more...
  • Reign Over Me

    Writer-director Mike Binder (The Upside of Anger) is unusually skilled at modulating between the comic and the tragic, and though the pain of this 9/11 story doesn't pierce as deeply as it should, the laughs are consistently humane. more...
  • Remember My Name

    Alan Rudolph's 1978 film about an ex-con (Geraldine Chaplin) planning revenge on her ex-husband (Anthony Perkins) is an eccentric, stubborn, and gripping piece, in which Rudolph executes an elegant Hitchcockian transfer of audience identification from victim to aggressor. more...
  • Remembrance

    This 2003 talking-heads documentary on Luis Frank, a Lithuanian Jew born at the end of the 19th century who lived in Spain (where he supported the Republicans in the civil war), New York, Mexico, and elsewhere, is notable for being more reflective than factual. more...
  • Remington

    Deliciously stripped down to its bare dramatic essentials, this early feature (1988) by maverick Slovenian director Damjan Kozole takes a page from Jean-Pierre Melville in relating the gripping story of a young man who inexplicably escapes from prison just days short of his release. more...
  • Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

    The greatest film to date by poet, critic, curator, and director Jonas Mekas, this highly personal 1971 feature chronicles his first trip back to Semeniskiai, Lithuania, the village where he was raised, after an absence of 25 years. more...
  • Remote Area Medical

    Stan Brock started the nonprofit Remote Area Medical in 1985 to provide medical aid to people in developing countries without access to health care, but as we learn from this artful documentary, the organization now devotes more than half of its resources to helping people in the U.S., many of whom have access to health care but simply can't afford it. more...
  • Rendition

    Occasionally a movie's subject outweighs any aesthetic flaws, as it does in this unsettling thriller about the extraordinary rendition of terror suspects. more...
  • Rent

    I wasn't encouraged to learn that this screen adaptation of Jonathan Larson's long-running Broadway musical was directed by big-screen funster Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, the first two Harry Potter movies). more...
  • Repatriation

    Kim Dong-won's 2004 video documentary explores an ideological and personal mess, bravely refusing to simplify or preach. more...
  • Repo Man (R)

    Alex Cox's 1984 punk comedy is set in a rotting Los Angeles, where a disaffected adolescent (Emilio Estevez) finds an outlet for his aggression and an answer to his boredom in an apprenticeship with a professional car repossessor (Harry Dean Stanton). more...