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  • The 10th District Court: Judicial Hearings

    Raymond Depardon's riveting documentary about various routine cases brought before a woman judge in a Paris courtroom may be as brilliant as some of its advocates claim, but only if one's sufficiently alert to read at least some of the proceedings against the grain of her judgments. more...
  • 12 Monkeys (R)

    Following a global epidemic that has eradicated most of humanity, time travel becomes the only hope of mankind's survival; a volunteer (Bruce Willis) returns to 1990s Philadelphia to find the source of the epidemic, but he's promptly locked away as a madman. more...
  • 17 Girls (NR)

    Based on a 2008 incident that rocked the town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, this debut feature by French sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin centers on five close pals at a high school in seaside Lorient who all agree to get pregnant and raise their children collectively. more...
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  • 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated (NR)

    According to the online bookmakers, the odds-on favorite to win this year's Oscar for best animated short film is Alan Barillaro's Piper (6 min.), an adorable frolic in which a baby sandpiper discovers the ocean as a source of food and fun. more...
  • 42 (PG-13)

    Like many Hollywood sports movies, this Jackie Robinson biopic seems to be pitched at high schoolers, but writer-director Brian Helgeland still manages a pretty absorbing account of Robinson's rookie year as the first black player in major league baseball. more...
  • 78/52
  • 78/52

    78/52, which dissects and decodes the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), has received mostly glowing reviews from critics—which makes sense, given that it both validates cineastes' obsessions and constitutes a fine piece of film criticism itself. more...
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (PG-13)

    A collaboration between the living Steven Spielberg and the late Stanley Kubrick seems appropriate to a project that reflects profoundly on the differences between life and nonlife. more...
  • A nous la liberte

    Rene Clair's 1931 satire on industrialization was overshadowed for many years by Chaplin's Modern Times and then forgotten, though its recent release on DVD has given it a second—and well-deserved—lease on life. more...
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

    Abacus Federal Savings Bank holds the distinction of being the only financial institution prosecuted as a result of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis, though as this engrossing documentary by Steve James suggests, it may have been a sacrificial lamb. more...
  • Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

    Some time ago I read an interview with the late South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok, who had been abducted by North Korean agents and held captive for eight years so that dictator Kim Jong-il could play movie producer. more...
  • Abortion: Stories Women Tell
  • Abortion: Stories Women Tell (NR)

    Produced for HBO, this engrossing documentary by Tracy Droz Tragos comes down hard on the state of Missouri, where women who seek abortions have a choice of exactly one provider and are further constrained by a 72-hour waiting period. more...
  • Abouna (Our Father)

    This understated but affecting 2002 drama, which director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun says is one of just three features ever made in Chad, should be required viewing for American kids who think they've got troubles. more...
  • About Baghdad

    Shot in July 2003, this collectively made video documentary is by far the most comprehensive account I've seen of how Iraqis view the U.S. war and occupation. more...