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  • Being There (PG)

    Peter Sellers gives one of his finest portrayals as an untutored victim of environmental isolation, living his life entirely within the walls of a Washington house and its garden, with television providing his only link to the outside world. more...
  • Bend It Like Beckham (PG-13)

    This comedy about an Anglo-Indian girl who wants to play professional soccer has been a crowd pleaser in the soccer-crazed UK, but the crowd I saw it with seemed more delighted by its affectionate satire of tradition-minded Indians living in Britain, a subculture well-known to writer-director Gurinder Chadha (Bhaji on the Beach). more...
  • Boy

    Eagle Vs Shark (2007), the first feature by New Zealand comedian Taika Waititi, struck me as a fairly obvious knockoff of Napoleon Dynamite, the reigning cult comedy of the day. more...
  • Breaking Away (PG)

    A modest 1979 film about four teenagers (Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, and Jackie Earle Hailey) whose transition to responsible adulthood is impaired by the peculiar circumstances of their adolescence—they've grown up as downtrodden townies in the university community of Bloomington, Indiana (here given Ivy League status). more...
  • A Brilliant Young Mind
  • A Brilliant Young Mind (NR)

    A strong cast (Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Rafe Spall) elevates this sweet British drama about a meek, autistic boy (Asa Butterfield of Hugo) who discovers an extraordinary talent for math. more...
  • Buzzard
  • Buzzard

    Since Frownland (2007), director Ronald Bronstein's divisive and darkly comic character study of a New York door-to-door salesman who alienates everyone he encounters, the best American independent films have tended to revolve around protagonists whose surly demeanor gets them relegated to the margins of society. more...