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  • Alice in Wonderland 3D

    Tim Burton has dropped the Mad Hatter's "clean cup" bit from this adaptation of Lewis Carroll, though he does find time for a leaden narrative frame in which Alice, reimagined here as a young woman, is pressured by her family to accept the marriage proposal of a chinless goon. more...
  • Alien 3 (R)

    Although there's a lot of unpleasantness here to maintain the tradition of this SF thriller's predecessors, one finds neither the high-tech effects of the first nor the quality direction of the second, and few of the thrills in either; just about all that music-video veteran David Fincher has to show for himself in his feature debut is clumsy elliptical cutting and alien-point-of-view shots. more...
  • Altered States
  • Altered States (R)

    This Ken Russell film (1980) is just as much a camp joke as Lisztomania or Mahler, but this time nobody's laughing, perhaps because Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay provided the first recognizably realistic context for Russell's obsessions since Women in Love. more...
  • The Amazing Transparent Man

    The French call movies like this films maudits, "damned films," born under a black cloud with no more chance to be seen and appreciated than a Thalidomide baby. more...
  • Batteries Not Included (PG)

    Matthew Robbins acquits himself honorably as cowriter and director of this gentle 1987 fantasy about miniature spaceships that land on a tenement in Manhattan's Lower East Side and save the tenants from imminent expulsion and disaster at the hands of greedy real estate developers. more...
  • Battle Royale (NR)

    Set in the near future, Kinji Fukasaku's 2000 Japanese feature concerns a government plan to combat rising juvenile delinquency by kidnapping teenagers, sending them to a deserted island, arming them, and ordering them to kill one another, with the lone survivor returning to society. more...
  • Battledream Chronicle (NR)

    Alain Bidard's 2015 Afro-Futurist animated film from Martinique is set in a future where most of the population are slaves who are compelled to earn money playing in a virtual video game, until one young slave decides to rebel. more...
  • Beyond the Time Barrier

    Improvised around standing sets at the Texas State Fairground, Edgar G. Ulmer's deep-discount science fiction film (1960) projects his themes to a barren, blasted future, where a visitor from the 20th century (Robert Clarke) is trapped in an underground city of sterile postnuclear mutants (some from stock footage lifted out of Island of Lost Souls). more...
  • Big Man Japan (PG-13)

    Whenever Tokyo is getting torn up by a giant monster—from the look of things, about once a week—the defense department summons Masaru Daisato, a weary civil servant who climbs into purple underpants the size of a billboard, receives a massive jolt of electricity, and turns into a towering Kewpie doll known as Big Man Japan. more...