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  • Academy Award Nominated Animation Short Films 2007

    Five short animations: from France, Samuel Tourneux's Even Pigeons Go to Heaven, in which an old man journeys to heaven in a spacecraft; from Russia, Alexander Petrov's My Love, a 19th-century romance; from the UK and Poland, Suzie Templeton's Peter & the Wolf, adapted from the Prokofiev piece; and from Canada, Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski's Madame Tutli-Putli, the story of a nightmarish train ride, and Josh Raskin's I Met the Walrus, whose audio consists of a teenager's impromptu interview with John Lennon in 1969. more...
  • Academy Award Nominated Live Action Short Films 2007

    Like a good short story, a good short film embraces the limitations of its form instead of struggling against them, which may explain why, of the four films I was able to preview on this program of Oscar nominees, the worst turned out to be the longest while the best was among the shortest. more...
  • Academy Awards nomination panel

    A "lively discussion" about the 2014 Oscar nominations, with Alison Cuddy of WBEZ, J.R. Jones of the Chicago Reader,, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune, Steve Prokopy of Ain't It Cool News, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of MUBI.com, and Betsy Steinberg of the Illinois Film Office. more...
  • 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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  • Acapulco Rock

    Like so many contemporary French filmmakers, Laurent Tuel presents marginalized characters trapped in a violent and morally bankrupt Paris. more...
  • 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...
  • Acceptable Levels

    John Davies's Irish feature criticizes the media's treatment of the ongoing violence in Belfast through the story of an English camera crew that arrives to do a TV documentary on a typical Catholic child (1983). more...
  • Accepted

    Sublimely stupid, this collegiate farce plays like a cross between Animal House and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, though the undercurrent of adolescent rage kept reminding me of Wild in the Streets, the 60s trash classic about teenagers taking over the U.S. government. more...
  • Access Orbit—Program 1: Identity

    This program of ten videos by young, mostly “minority” people, organized by the media activist group Paper Tiger Television, focuses on the familiar themes of personal and group identity. more...