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  • Sea of Silence

    Jacqueline Epskamp's screenplay about a ten-year-old girl with an alcoholic father might easily have become grim or treacly on-screen, but veteran Belgian director Stijn Coninx translates it into a moving and comical account of a family in spiritual crisis. more...
  • Seamen's Wives

    Henk Kleinman's gritty 1930 drama in seven “acts” was meant to be the first Dutch talkie, but technical difficulties made it the last Dutch silent film. more...
  • Searching for Bobby Fischer

    One of the craftiest and most satisfying pieces about gender politics to come along in ages (1993)—all the more crafty because audiences are encouraged to see it simply as a movie about a seven-year-old chess genius, based on Fred Waitzkin's nonfiction book about his son Josh. more...
  • Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

    Made for the BBC, this travelogue of America's southern backwoods is both blessed and cursed by its fascination with the colorful—lively alt-country sounds and fancy word spinners like novelist Harry Crews. more...
  • Seasons
  • Seasons

    Nature documentaries may be plentiful on cable TV, but they rarely connect at the box office—March of the Penguins (2005), the biggest nature film of all time, grossed only $127 million worldwide (compared to $2 billion for the most recent Star Wars sequel). more...
  • Secondhand Lions

    Robert Duvall and Michael Caine whoop it up as crazy old millionaires in 1950s Texas who grudgingly agree to look after their morose grandnephew (Haley Joel Osment) while his duplicitous mother (Kyra Sedgwick) goes off to school. more...
  • Secret Beyond the Door

    Fritz Lang's third thriller with Joan Bennett (after Scarlet Street and The Woman in the Window), a Freudian version of the Bluebeard story, is probably the most psychoanalytically oriented of his features, and because it's Lang, the murkiness is mainly a strength. more...
  • The Secret Garden (G)

    Screenwriter Caroline Thompson and director Agnieszka Holland have turned Frances Hodgson Burnett's rather gothic 1911 children's book into an evocative, beautifully realized picture (1993). more...
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  • The Secret of the Grain

    Abdel Kechine is an actor (Sorry, Haters) as well as a writer-director (Blame It on Voltaire, Games of Love and Chance), so one naturally focuses on his movies' fluid ensemble work. more...