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  • The Big Lebowski (R)

    Probably the Coen brothers' most enjoyable movie—glittering with imagination, cleverness, and filmmaking skill—though, as in their other films, the warm feelings they generate around a couple of salt-of-the-earth types don't apply to anyone else in the cast: you might as well be scraping them off your shoe. more...
  • Brokeback Mountain (R)

    Two cowboys (Jake Gyllenhaal, good, and Heath Ledger, exceptional) share a night of passion while working briefly as sheepherders in 1963, then spend the remainder of their otherwise straight lives tragically concealing their affair. more...
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  • Casino Jack (R)

    Not to be confused with Alex Gibney's recent documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money, this is the dramatic take on Jack Abramoff's high-rolling career as a Washington lobbyist and his precipitous fall amid charges of fraud, conspiracy, and tax evasion. more...
  • Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (R)

    Political sex scandals erupt so frequently and evaporate so quickly that we tend to file them away in the bulging folder of American hypocrisy and forget, but the brilliant muckraker Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack and the United States of Money) refuses to let go of the "Love Guv" fracas that brought down New York governor Eliot Spitzer. more...
  • Compliance (R)

    Craig Zobel—whose crafty debut feature Great World of Sound (2007) played at the Chicago film festival but never opened here theatrically—takes on the unenviable task of dramatizing a story that defies credulity even though it's quite true. more...
  • End of Watch (R)

    I'm not sure who appointed David Ayer poet laureate for the LAPD, but at least he takes the job seriously; along with the usual mean-streets bluster and brutality, his cop-thriller screenplays (Training Day, Dark Blue) conscientiously record the hardening effects of a thankless and frequently pointless job. more...