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  • Sacco and Vanzetti

    Peter Miller's concise and thoughtful 2005 documentary reexamines the notorious Sacco and Vanzetti case from the perspective of a post-9/11 world, where concern over public safety has once again empowered xenophobes and reactionaries to trample on the rights of immigrants. more...
  • Sadie Thompson (NR)

    Raoul Walsh's notorious silent feature (1928) was the first screen adaptation of Somerset Maugham's Rain and barely survived Hays Office scissoring, though audiences got past some of the bowdlerization by lip-reading the racy dialogue. more...
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  • Scarlet Street

    Fritz Lang's most harrowing study of guilt and damnation, this 1945 feature is a remake of Jean Renoir's La Chienne, with Edward G. Robinson as a quietly suffering bookkeeper who encounters fate in the form of a calculating prostitute (Joan Bennett) and her pimp (Dan Duryea). more...
  • The School of Rock (PG-13)

    Broadly speaking, this 2003 comedy is Richard Linklater's French Cancan—that is to say, a humanist's joyful exploration of the musical in which the actors' personalities resonate as much as the characters they play. more...
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  • Seven Chances

    Buster Keaton is a bachelor who stands to inherit a fortune if he finds himself a bride by seven o'clock in this 1925 silent feature, which Dave Kehr has described as “a cubist comedy . . . more...
  • The Seven Year Itch

    Although it was directed by Billy Wilder, this 1955 CinemaScope classic sometimes seems presided over by Frank Tashlin, with its satire of 50s puritanism and its use of wimpy Tom Ewell as the married and harried book editor driven to dreams and distraction by his upstairs neighbor (Marilyn Monroe, magnificent) while his wife and son are on holiday. more...
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  • Sex Is Comedy

    This 2002 provocation from director-writer Catherine Breillat is so perversely enjoyable it gives the lie to her image as a serious, politically incorrect purveyor of pornographic instincts. 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...
  • Shaolin Soccer

    This wacky Hong Kong comedy (2001) ran 111 minutes in its initial Asian release, but Miramax Films deleted 24 of them and rewrote the subtitles for its domestic rollout. more...
  • She Done Him Wrong

    A superior vehicle for Mae West, based on her stage success and filmed by Lowell Sherman, a director whose skill in subtle suggestiveness was rendered obsolete by the arrival of the production code. more...