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  • Sex Positive (R)

    This engrossing documentary focuses on gay journalist Richard Berkowitz, who teamed up with pioneering doctor Joseph Sonnabend and singer-activist Michael Callen in the early 80s to advocate for safer sex to control the spread of AIDS. more...
  • Shadow Company

    The September killing of Iraqi civilians in a shoot-out that involved Blackwater USA security guards makes this documentary on private military contractors especially timely, but it's essential viewing for anyone who wants to understand the changing nature of war in the 21st century. more...
  • Shadow Dancer (R)

    This British thriller by James Marsh (Man on Wire) is a little too neatly scripted and tightly edited for my taste, but there are galvanizing performances from Andrea Riseborough, as a Belfast mother who's mixed up in the Provisional IRA, and Clive Owen, as an MI5 agent who turns her against her comrades. more...
  • Shadows

    John Cassavetes's first feature (1959), shot in 16-millimeter, centers on three siblings living together in Manhattan; the oldest, a third-rate nightclub singer (Hugh Hurd), is visibly black, while the other two (Ben Carruthers and Lelia Goldoni) are sufficiently light skinned to pass for white. more...
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  • Shadows of a Hot Summer (NR)

    Shot in a standard aspect ratio, this 1978 Czech feature by the highly regarded Frantisek Vlacil isn't as ravishing as his 60s widescreen epics (Marketa Lazarova, The Valley of the Bees), but it's still a masterpiece of composition. more...
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  • Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors

    Adapted from a novel by Ukrainian writer M. Kotsyubinsky, Sergei Paradjanov's extraordinary merging of myth, history, poetry, ethnography, dance, and ritual (1964) remains one of the supreme works of the Soviet sound cinema, and even subsequent Paradjanov features have failed to dim its intoxicating splendors. more...
  • Shakespeare Behind Bars

    If you're venturing into a community of murderers, you'd better come heavily armed—and for a theater director, that means The Tempest. more...
  • Shakespeare in Love

    That a particular woman inspired at least two of Shakespeare's plays is the heady speculation that drives this keenly enjoyable 1998 comedy, in which the playwright consciously lets his art imitate his life as competition for love and money induces him to break stifling conventions. more...
  • Shameless

    A young man drops out of college in order to live with his older half sister, for whom he harbors a seemingly unshakable sexual attraction, while rejecting the attentions of a more appropriate romantic partner, a charming gypsy woman. more...
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  • Shanghai Express

    More action oriented than the other Dietrich-Sternberg films, this 1932 production is nevertheless one of the most elegantly styled. more...
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