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  • Back to School (PG-13)

    Rodney Dangerfield as an amiably crass, nouveau riche businessman (he owns a chain of “tall and fat” shops) who joins his son (Keith Gordon) at a midwestern university to get the college degree he never had time for (1986). more...
  • Barbara (PG-13)

    German suspense director Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow) has found an ideal setting for his quietly oppressive tone: East Germany in 1980. more...
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  • Barbershop: The Next Cut (PG-13)

    The fourth entry in the Barbershop franchise delivers keen social commentary, bringing back many of the key players from the 2002 and 2004 installments (the 2005 spin-off Beauty Shop is best forgotten). more...
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  • Barbershop 2: Back in Business (PG-13)

    Barbershop painted an affectionate portrait of a black community centered on a 40-year-old barbershop in South Shore; this sequel ups the ante, asking whether urban renewal means anything now other than turning neighborhoods into giant malls. more...
  • Bathtubs Over Broadway
  • Bathtubs Over Broadway (PG-13)

    Before David Letterman's rise to mainstream TV megastardom, his humor appealed largely to nerds and geeks, obsessives and completionists who yearned to be hip, even if they were still ambivalent about that urge. more...
  • Batman (PG-13)

    Tim Burton directs Michael Keaton in the title role (1989). more...
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  • Batman Begins (PG-13)

    After the putrid neon circus of Batman & Robin (1997), Warner Brothers suspended the Batman movie franchise, but eventually psychological noir director Christopher Nolan (Memento) persuaded the studio to go back to square one with a realistic treatment of the crime fighter's creation myth. more...
  • Batman Returns (PG-13)

    More of the same, but nowhere near as good (funny, disturbing, obsessive) as the uneven original, revealing arrested development on every level. more...
  • Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)

    Packed with gung ho war-movie clichés and subpar shock-and-awe visual effects, this terminally stupid sci-fi adventure pits an army of tentacled aliens piloting Transformer-style robots against a platoon of stoic warriors from the Fifth Marines' Second Battalion (the legendary "Retreat, hell!" battalion of World War I). more...
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Battle of the Sexes (PG-13)

    The 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King was a made-for-TV carnival, broadcast on ABC and viewed by some 90 million people, which makes it excellent material for a movie (even as the war rages on). more...