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  • About 111 Girls

    Bahman Ghobadi (Rhino Season) produced this 2012 drama about a group of women in Iranian Kurdistan who threaten a mass suicide to protest government policies that have left them without husbands. more...
  • About Cherry (NR)

    Dramas about the porn industry range from expressions of puritanical rage (Paul Schrader's Hardcore) to celebrations of open sexuality (Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights); this one manages to avoid both extremes, as well as anything else that might make it worth watching. more...
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  • About Elly
  • About Elly

    Just prior to the Oscar-winning A Separation, Asghar Farhadi directed this 2009 drama, and though not as tightly constructed as its successor, it's another suspenseful domestic intrigue deeply rooted in traditional Iranian mores and social codes. more...
  • About Last Night . . . (R)

    Adapting David Mamet's play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, screenwriters Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue have done an admirable job of turning an unfilmable piece into a polished commercial product (1986), yet so much of the flavor of the original has been lost that you wonder why they bothered with the Mamet in the first place. more...
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  • About Time (R)

    Upon reaching adulthood, a milquetoast daydreamer (Domhnall Gleeson) learns that he can travel through his own past and uses this power to seduce the perfect woman (Rachel McAdams), perform secret favors for his friends, and spend more time with his dear old dad (Bill Nighy, suggesting Jack Lemmon at his most cloying). more...
  • The Absent One

    The Dept. Q Trilogy, based on three best-selling crime novels by Danish writer Jussi Adler-Olsen, draws comparisons with Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo franchise: set in Scandinavia and featuring a sullen male protagonist, it's violent, hard-boiled, and psychologically disturbing. more...
  • Abuse of Weakness
  • Abuse of Weakness

    French director Catherine Breillat, adapting her own memoir, revisits her 2004 stroke, her grueling rehabilitation, and the subsequent turn of events in which she began collaborating on a film project with the notorious confidence man Christophe Rocancourt and got bilked out of 700,000 Euros. more...
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  • The Academy of Muses
  • The Academy of Muses

    José Luis Guerin's breakthrough feature, In the City of Sylvia (2007), was largely wordless, but this subsequent effort (2015) is fiercely verbal, an interminable colloquy conducted inside and outside a philology class taught by a forceful middle-aged academic (Raffaele Pinto). more...
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  • Accatone!

    Pier Paolo Pasolini's first film is neo-neorealism, set in the slums and back alleys familiar from De Sica and Fellini but directed with a cold dispassion that belongs to Pasolini alone. more...
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  • Accattone

    Pier Paolo Pasolini's debut feature is a neo-realist examination of a pimp living in Rome. more...
  • An Acceptable Loss
  • An Acceptable Loss (R)

    Shot in Chicago and on Northwestern University's Evanston campus, this speculative political thriller stumbles through most of its first hour, during which a disgraced former national security analyst (Tika Sumpter) comes out of retirement to accept a distinguished academic appointment, only to arouse protests and attract the sinister attention of a furtive graduate student (Ben Tavassoli). more...
  • Accident

    Joseph Losey's coldly funny puzzle movie (1967), about the erotic entanglements of Oxford as superbly entangled by scenarist Harold Pinter. more...
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