A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Moving beyond the denial stage of affliction
Starring: Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Katherine Cassavetes ♦ 4 stars

MOLLY’S GAME

Aaron Sorkin and Jessica Chastain have no excuses for this travesty
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner ♦ 1 star

SHOAH

A filmmaker opts against editing, for better or worse
Featuring: Simon Srebnik, Abraham Bomba, Filip Müller, Rudolf Vrba ♦ 3 stars

THE WAY WE WERE

Admit it, you can’t get the song out of your head
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Lois Chiles ♦ 3.5 stars

THAT GAL... WHO WAS IN THAT THING

Pre-#MeToo, women spoke of showing off physical features to land roles
Featuring: Paget Brewster, Donna Massetti, Roma Maffia ♦ 3.5 stars

OBIT.

Journalism’s bourgeoisie complain about untimely deaths
Featuring: Bruce Weber, Margalit Fox, Jeff Roth ♦ 3 stars

DAY FOR NIGHT

The only thing that can stop a bad movie is a little hanky panky
Starring: François Truffaut, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Dani ♦ 4 stars

CLAIRE’S KNEE

Stunning visuals make this one for the ages
Starring: Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, Laurence de Monaghan ♦ 3.5 stars

SÁTÁNTANGÓ

Béla Tarr pushes the boundaries as well as the clock
Starring: Mihály Vig, Miklós Székely, Erika Bók, Peter Berling ♦ 4 stars

BILL WALTON, BASKETBALL’S GREATEST

The ultimate BMOC’s “Back from the Dead” warns of underachievement
Featuring: Bill Walton, John Wooden, Maurice Lucas ♦ 4 stars

LACOMBE, LUCIEN
(and THE SORROW AND THE PITY)

When the Germans didn’t seem like the worst option
Featuring: Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holger Löwenadler ♦ 4 stars/4 stars

DON’T THINK TWICE

Comedy can be a very serious business
Starring: Mike Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key ♦ 4 stars

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

The grief is endless; so’s the movie
Starring: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams ♦ 2 stars

THE PAPER CHASE

If you can’t marry your prof, maybe his daughter will do
Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman ♦ 4 stars

BARRY LYNDON

When you cease to care, the odds are in your favor
Starring: Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee ♦ 4 stars

MARGARET

Girl, you’ll be a woman ... already
Starring: Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Matt Damon ♦ 3 stars

SAVE THE TIGER

Criminality is just one of the burning issues in searing ’70s portrait
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, Laurie Heineman ♦ 4 stars

THE BLING RING

A dive into the shallow end of the criminality pool
Starring: Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard   ♦   4 stars

WHIPLASH

One degenerate’s approval should not be the cymbal of success
Starring: J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Paul Reiser   ♦   4 stars

SELMA

Too much a re-creation, its most vivid images are the ending footage
Starring: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth   ♦   3 stars

NIGHTCRAWLER

How far a young entrepreneur can go just by leaving one thing behind
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton   ♦   3.5 stars

THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN

A pair of left-leaning megastars introduce Morning in America
Starring: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Willie Nelson   ♦   3.5 stars

THE PLAYER

Jerks and slackers can make a killing in Hollywood
Starring: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward   ♦   3.5 stars

WALL STREET

Gordon Gekko can’t be sold short in this flawed depiction of greed
Starring: Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Martin Sheen ♦ 3.5 stars

PATTON

Defense of the institution is The Most Important Film Ever Made
Starring: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young   ♦   4 stars

GRAN TORINO

Clint still can draw a gun like no other in this pleasing tale of tolerance
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Christopher Carley   ♦   3.5 stars

BROADCAST NEWS

An ethical breach derails a relationship that never should’ve happened
Starring: William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks, Jack Nicholson   ♦   2.5 stars

A FEW GOOD MEN

“Patton” extension denounces old-school military but enjoys the sexism
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollak ♦ 4 stars

THE DOORS

An Oscar-snubbed performance so good, Jim Morrison doesn’t deserve it
Starring: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathleen Quinlan   ♦   3.5 stars

THE SECRET OF MY SUCCE$S

Underrated corporate-climbing caper thrives on winging it
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Margaret Whitton   ♦   3 stars

50/50

Half-baked therapist dramedy has a heart
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick   ♦   2.5 stars

THE GODFATHER

History’s most celebrated gangster film is a cleverly disguised tragedy
Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall   ♦   4 stars

THE WRESTLER

Poignant story, but the cable TV guys are better at producing wrestling drama
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood   ♦   3.5 stars

THE READER

A young man finds himself in position to render a verdict on a nation’s guilt
Starring: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Bruno Ganz   ♦   3.5 stars

MILK

Splendid documentary material doesn’t pack a Hollywood punch
Starring: Sean Penn, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch   ♦   3 stars

THE VISITOR

Different people live in different worlds, even when sharing an apartment
Starring: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Hiam Abbass, Danai Gurira   ♦   3 stars

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

Woe to be young again — this reverse-chronology epic might not age well
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton   ♦   2.5 stars

FROZEN RIVER

A desperate family is on thin ice in this powerful portrayal of the poor
Starring: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Michael O’Keefe   ♦   4 stars

DOUBT

An unbreakable nun’s strongest suspicions are put to the test
Starring: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman ♦ 3.5 stars

FROST/NIXON

It’s David vs. Goliath in the combative arena of ... TV interviewing
Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon   ♦   2.5 stars

I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG

Can this dazzling woman’s criminal background be for real?
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius   ♦   4 stars

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

An orphan in India makes the most of his less-than-1-in-4 shot in life
Starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto, Irrfan Khan   ♦   3.5 stars

THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

A child near a concentration camp wonders about those ‘farmers’
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis   ♦   3.5 stars

CHANGELING

The mother of all actresses faces a horrifying search for son
Starring: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Michael Kelly   ♦   4 stars

W.

It’s Bush satire vs. Bush fatigue in this tardy caricature
Starring: Josh Brolin, James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss   ♦   2.5 stars

RACHEL GETTING MARRIED

Sisters spar over their dueling psychological practices
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger   ♦   4 stars

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK

A theater director confronts life’s script
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton ♦ 3 stars

THE NAMESAKE

An Indian father finds a Russian author more powerful than his son does
Starring: Tabu, Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan, Jacinda Barrett, Sahira Nair   ♦   3 stars

WALL-E

What on Earth could happen to the human race?
Starring: Ben Burtt (voice), Elissa Knight (voice), Jeff Garlin (voice)   ♦   3 stars

THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN

Collision of raunch vs. values delivers two of the most rewarding scenes in memory
Starring: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Seth Rogen, Kat Dennings   ♦   4 stars

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

A newer cause hits close to home for a former ’70s radical
Starring: Robert Redford, Julie Christie, Shia LaBeouf   ♦   2.5 stars

KNIGHT OF CUPS

Terrence Malick’s script doesn’t begin to explain a screenwriter’s life
Starring: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman ♦ 3.5 stars

RAIN MAN

Raymond Babbitt steals hearts, while brother Charlie steals the show
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino, Jerry Molen   ♦   4 stars

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Time travel tale poses big question — do we really have the capacitor to change?
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover   ♦   4 stars

ULEE’S GOLD

Bee-lieve it: The healing of a broken family is as sweet as the Tupelo honey
Starring: Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson, Christine Dunford   ♦   4 stars

HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG

Two people from opposite worlds can’t bear to lose their home
Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Shohreh Aghdashloo   ♦   4 stars

ROUNDERS

Drop law school and a gorgeous girlfriend to play poker in Vegas. Sounds like a plan.
Starring: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich   ♦   3 stars

IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH

For one unit, getting home from Iraq is only half the battle
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Susan Sarandon   ♦   3 stars

NOTORIOUS

An American agent may care more about a mission than his beautiful contact
Starring: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern   ♦   4 stars

NORTH BY NORTHWEST

Whoever Kaplan is, he’s got nothing on Cary Grant
Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason   ♦   4 stars

THE CANDIDATE

Long before Barack Obama, this satire would get your vote
Starring: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter   ♦   4 stars

DIE HARD

One of cinema’s greatest villains meets one of its greatest heroes
Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia   ♦   3.5 stars

CHINATOWN

The unforgettable 1970s noir of unfathomable decadence
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston   ♦   4 stars

GOOD WILL HUNTING

Society tries to push a genius whose deep scars haven’t healed
Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver   ♦   3.5 stars

THE QUEEN

God — and Blair — save the sovereign from a P.R. disaster
Starring: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Helen McCrory ♦ 3 stars

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

Tony Manero conquers at least one demon while exploring if it’s all Bay Ridge’s fault
Starring: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller   ♦   4 stars

MARIA FULL OF GRACE

A 17-year-old going on 37 needs every one of those years
Starring: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yenny Paola Vega, Patricia Rae   ♦   4 stars

CASABLANCA

A triumph of love and sacrifice over romance and passion
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains   ♦   4 stars

PULP FICTION

Truth is, this aspiring B movie is one of the funniest ever
Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis   ♦   4 stars

THE MALTESE FALCON

Famous noir vies to be the stuff legendary films are made of
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet   ♦   3.5 stars

LOVE & MERCY

Sometimes a man needs a woman to stand up for himself
Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano, John Cusack   ♦   3 stars

IRON MAN

A triumph of what a man can accomplish when he puts his mind to it
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow   ♦   3.5 stars

ROBERT EVANS: THE KID
STAYS IN THE PICTURE

A giant of judging art implies collaboration brings the greatest results

SHIRLEY JONES: A MEMOIR

Dysfunctional, sex-fueled family wasn’t exactly the Partridges

MARATHON MAN

A young Jewish man battles a Nazi in a farfetched endurance test
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider   ♦   2.5 stars

ROOM

Claustrophobia and stigma are a powerful 1-2 punch
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen ♦ 4 stars

ROAD HOUSE

Opinions vary, but this is the best butt-kickin’ film ever made
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Ben Gazzara, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott   ♦   3.5 stars




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