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Easy Rider

This is the movie by which Hollywood discovered the commercial power of “youth culture.” Fonda and Hopper’s now-classic film hit the old guard with the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Saturday Night Fever

Today mostly regarded as disco camp, Saturday Night Fever should rank as one of the great American films. John Travolta seized his moment in his...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Shallow Grave

From its opening titles -- set against the propulsive rhythms of a techno theme by Leftfield -- you know you're in for something different, something...

Marc Savlov, Review


Dad loves this movie and so do I. We disagree on our readings and interpretations (he thinks I go overboard and dredge up signs and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Under Suspicion

This English film calls itself film noir but the filmmakers seem to have missed some of the basics. Oh, it starts out alright. It's set...

Kathleen Maher, Review

Zero Patience

Finally, a movie that's truly unlike anything we've seen before: Zero Patience is a movie musical about AIDS. Yes, a musical, as in that singing,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review


The famous Chilean poet is on the run in this biopic

Kimberley Jones, Review

Losing Ground

A marital crisis between a philosophy professor and her artist husband erupts when the painter's model enters the equation and forces a re-examination of sexual...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review


Thomas Harris' first serial-killer film adaptation.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review


Double-billed with Hitchcock's Vertigo, Brian De Palma's Obsession provides the perfect complement. Obsession is a direct "tribute" to the transubstantiation of identity that occurs in...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

River's Edge

Disturbing condensation of starkly youth anomie in the wake of a girl's murder, a conspiracy of boys, and the counsel of Dennis Hopper, who dances with a blow-up sex doll in the woods.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The War

To paraphrase an old slogan: The War is not healthy for children or other movie-goers. Despite its no-doubt good intentions and its wholesome PG-13 rating,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This is the quintessential spaghetti western and also concludes Leone’s great trilogy, which began with Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More. Long,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Ten Commandments

DeMille's Technicolor version of this Biblical tale is a durable and star-studded extravaganza. The movie sports Oscars for its special effects.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Schindler's List

Spielberg marshals all his formidable storytelling talents and puts them at the service of an epic human drama.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

King of the Hill

A young boy who's separated from his family spends time in a dilapidated hotel in this Depression-era drama. Soderbergh's film is a lyrical piece of well-crafted passion that doesn't shirk the bleak realities of the time

Marc Savlov, Review

Wax, Or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees

Harder to describe than it is to understand, this new cult favorite combines elements of science fiction, cyberpunk aesthetics, post-industrial moral metaphors, Burroughsian cut-ups technique...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review


The spoof that launched a thousand parodies – this is the one that's 100% funny....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Breakfast Club

Before lapsing into the land of the insipid, where the reigning presumption is that in order to make films which speak to young people everything...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

More lethal than a nuclear-waste dump, Kubrick's komedy at least kills us with laughter. Thirty-five years after its making, this film seems even more insidiously...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

When people think fondly of John Hughes, it's movies like Ferris Bueller that they're thinking of. This one's drenched in Eighties-style teen spirit. Matthew Broderick...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Golem

This rarely screened silent film is based on the Jewish folktale of the golem. Remembered as a high point in German Expressionism, with dramatically painted sets and crowd scenes and stylized acting. The Golem is played by co-director Wegener, who also directed this story a couple of other times.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review


White is the second part of Polish filmmaker Kieslowski's three-color trilogy. Based on the French Tricolor of blue, white, and red, Kieslowski (The Double Life...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

More grumpy old men here. Well, Harris's Frank is not exactly grumpy. He's a hard-drinking, loud-talking, woman chasing Irish ex-sailor, who has ended up, at...

Louis Black, Review

The Unknown

Made four years before Tod Browning made his legendary film Freaks, this Lon Chaney [Sr.] horror work is a hidden gem. The presence of young...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Wizard of Oz W/pink Floyd

This special midnight screeing of America's beloved classic will be played with the soundtrack from Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. Ah, but...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Altered States

In this uneasy blend of the extreme visuals of director Ken Russell and the bloated dramaturgy of writer Paddy Chayefsky (who disowned this adaptation of his novel), Hurt plays an agnostic psychophysiologist who’s willing to try anything to find life’s answers: sensory deprivation tanks, mushrooms, you name it.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

You Can't Take It With You

Based on the antic stage play by George S. Kaufmann and Moss Hart, this Capra film earned Oscars for the film and the director. With her impeccable timing and idiosyncratic delivery, Jean Arthur plays a girl who must introduce her fiancé and his parents to her decidedly eccentric family.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Barton Fink

This Coen brothers' comedy has a wicked sense of retribution.

Steve Davis, Review

Safety Last

Due to a scheduling conflict, Harold Lloyd's Safety Last will screen instead of The Navigator. The live musical accompaniment will be performed by the Garreth...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Gimme Shelter

This film, which captures that awful moment at Altamont, is a documentary that seemingly captures the very moment when the peace-and-love generation lost its naivete and innocence.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Wes Craven's New Nightmare

It's been ten years and five mediocre sequels since Craven and the then-fledgling New Line Cinema released the original -- and superlative -- A Nightmare...

Marc Savlov, Review

Four Weddings and a Funeral

This romantic comedy is as intoxicated by words, dialogue, and characters as by love.

Louis Black, Review

Valley Girl

This is one of the great teen romance movies: It’s Romeo and Juliet played out between an L.A. punk rocker and a Valley girl. Cage has never appeared more soulful.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Watch it

Flynn's debut as writer-director perhaps should have been subtitled Men Who Fear Intimacy and Commitment, and the Women Who Don't Want to Resist Them, for...

Pamela Bruce, Review

Back to the Future

One of the most beloved movies of the Eighties (helmed by the future director of Forrest Gump), Back to the Future entertainingly deals with the...


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