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  • American Movie (R)

    Wisconsin filmmaker Mark Borchardt tries to raise money for a feature by finishing a short called Coven in this intimate 1999 documentary directed and shot by Chris Smith (American Job). more...
  • The American Soldier

    Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder described this 1970 film as “what's left in the minds of the German people who see a lot of American gangster films.” What's left, apparently, is some of the seediest mise-en-scene I've ever encountered—flat, grainy, spatially incomprehensible, and way too dark. more...
  • Anvil! The Story of Anvil

    An early-80s contemporary of Anthrax, Slayer, Metallica, and Megadeth, the Canadian speed-metal band Anvil never made the big time, and 25 years after the band's commercial peak, documentary maker (and former Anvil roadie) Sacha Gervasi finds the two founding members—Robb Reiner and Steven “Lips” Kudlow—hacking out a lower-middle-class existence in Scarborough, Ontario, still dreaming of rock stardom. more...
  • The Army of Crime (NR)

    Jean-Pierre Melville's French thriller Army of Shadows (1969) angered some with its frank depiction of the moral compromises sustained by French resistance fighters during the Nazi occupation; two generations later, French Armenian filmmaker Robert Guediguian delivers another epic drama of the resistance, though his 2009 film stresses the commitment and sacrifice of a real-life terror cell commanded by the Armenian poet Missak Manouchian (Simon Abkarian). more...
  • The Art of the Steal (NR)

    Philadelphia pharmaceutical baron Albert C. Barnes saw greatness in the canvases of Matisse and Van Gogh long before the curatorial caste caught on to post-Impressionism, and before he died he took great pains to protect his world-class art collection from both the grasping Philly establishment and the eyes of the unwashed millions. more...
  • Arthur and the Invisibles

    An enterprising ten-year-old (Freddie Highmore), hoping to save his granny (Mia Farrow) from a foreclosure on her house, shrinks himself and enters the land of the tiny Minimoys in her backyard to recover some rubies buried by his grandfather. more...
  • As Tears Go By

    A low-level hood (Andy Lau) tries to maintain his equilibrium as he's pulled in one direction by his stable, provincial cousin (Maggie Cheung) and in another by his volatile pal (Jacky Cheung). more...
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  • The Ascent

    Brooding close-ups concentrate our attention on character psychology in this final film (1976) by Soviet director Larissa Shepitko, about Russian partisans struggling against German occupiers in the winter of 1942. more...