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The History Boys: Ahead of the Class

We’ve
all been there, The History Boys seem to say, no matter
where we’ve come from.

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When Reagan Babies Fight Back! Another State of Mind

With punk today absorbed into the mainstream, can another alternative music culture appear? 1983’s Another State of Mind shows how it can be done.

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Her Majesty, The Queen

Helen Mirren has the goods to be the queen – all the others merely players in her court.

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Sex and the Chateau: Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette

kirsten dunst as marie antoinette

What all of this adds up to is a biography of feeling, rather than fact, and a charming one at that.

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Finding Woody: Allen’s Play It Again, Sam

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in bed

1971’s Play it Again, Sam previews how Woody Allen would soon elevate his comic acumen into masterful studies of tragic romance.

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Idlewild: Act Like You Know

Trust OutKast to steal the familiarity out of a passage that has long-since been deemed cliché and to grant it new meaning.

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Jandek on Corwood: When the Private is Public, and Still Unknown

This DVD profiles a musician whose personal work has continued to mystify, scare and inspire, with music written by a recluse who has truly been an outsider.

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The Departed: Less than Perfect, but All is Forgiven

In The Departed, nobody rides for free, and very few survive. And in this knock-down drag-out between a character and his environment, you should put your money on the neighborhood.

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On the Road with Little Miss Sunshine

The ensemble cast of Little Miss Sunshine embraces the absurdity of family life, from Proust to pornography.

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The Illusionist: The Bamboozle has Captured Us

How often we become mindless sheep who find entertainment in the weirdest of places.

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The Jesus Video

Essentially, the Jesus movie consists of nothing more than a pretty-boy Shakespearean with a prominent forehead wandering aimlessly around Israel and muttering half-heartedly about eternity while a bunch of people with disheveled hair act as if they are in awe of his prowess.

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Germany Year Zero

History is constantly torn between science and art. Sometimes, people try to resolve this dilemma by pulling art, and fiction in particular, toward the scientific, sometimes, by stressing the artistic side of science, and, sometimes, by calling it a void argument. But how do we avoid a question inscribed in the ambiguity of the very […]

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