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  • The Wackness

    Jonathan Levine's funny and sincere coming-of-age drama follows a Jewish B-boy (Josh Peck) from the Upper West Side of Manhattan as he tries to survive the summer of 1994 before going away to college. more...
  • Wadjda (PG)

    The first female-directed Saudi Arabian film would be culturally significant even if it weren't very good; and though writer-director Haifaa Al-Mansour doesn't break new ground aesthetically (the film's style is one of unforced, albeit unremarkable, naturalism), she relates the experience of a Saudi Arabian girl's coming of age clearly and unsentimentally, which alone makes this a must-see. more...
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  • The Wages of Fear (NR)

    In Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1953 suspense classic, four out-of-work Europeans (Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Folco Lulli, Peter Van Eyck), trapped in a squalid South American village that's exploited by a U.S. oil company, agree to drive two truckloads of nitroglycerine over 300 miles of primitive roads in exchange for $2,000 each—if they survive. more...
  • Wagon Master

    The film that John Ford most often cited as his personal favorite among his westerns, Wagon Master (1950) stars Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Jr. as two drifters assigned to lead a Mormon train to the Utah frontier. more...
  • Waiting for Happiness

    Written and directed by Mauritanian expatriate Abderrahmane Sissako, this 2002 French/Mauritanian drama presents a kaleidoscopic portrait of a West African village wedged between the desert and the sea. more...
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  • Waiting for "Superman" (PG)

    Distributed by Paramount, this documentary about the public education crisis isn't as smart or rigorous as Bob Bowdon's shoestring production The Cartel, which arrived in town earlier this year and quickly vanished. more...
  • Waiting

    A cynical Palestinian theater director plans to leave the Gaza Strip for good but reluctantly agrees to oversee the auditions for a fledgling national theater company; accompanied by a TV anchorwoman and her cameraman, he sets off for a tour of various refugee camps in search of actors. more...
  • The Waiting Room

    In both form and content, Peter Nicks's observational documentary about a public hospital in Oakland, California, recalls two of Frederick Wiseman's greatest early features, Hospital (1970) and Welfare (1975). more...
  • Waitress

    Adrienne Shelly, best known for her roles in Sleep With Me and Hal Hartley's Trust and The Unbelievable Truth, wrote and directed half a dozen films, three of them features, but this tangy, resourceful comedy drama is the first I've seen. more...
  • Wake in Fright

    Ted Kotcheff (First Blood, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz) directed this forgotten Australian masterpiece (1971) about an arrogant Sydney schoolteacher (Garry Bond) who's slowly driven mad after a prolonged stay in the Yabba, a desolate mining town in the middle of the Australian outback. more...
  • Waking Life (R)

    Richard Linklater's exciting and innovative feature (2001) was shot on digital video, then transformed into a new kind of animation that works wonders with the subtleties of body language and creates hallucinatory effects with palpitating backgrounds. more...
  • Waking Sleeping Beauty

    Nothing could possibly persuade me that Walt Disney Studios is capable of making an unvarnished documentary about itself, and at least one artist interviewed here alludes to the fact that anything he says beyond the company line will get clipped out. more...
  • Walk on Water

    Israeli director Eytan Fox follows up his art-house hit Yossi & Jagger (2002) with this nervy generational drama that urges Jews to let go of the Holocaust (2004). more...
  • Walk the Line

    Like the previous year's Ray, this electrifying 2005 biopic of Johnny Cash reduces its complicated hero to a walking childhood trauma, attributing his 60s drug addiction to an older brother's accidental death in a circular-saw accident. more...
  • Walkabout

    Abandoned in the outback, a teenage girl and her younger brother learn about sex, death, and nature from an aborigine boy. more...
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