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Old Movies to See

  1. The Big Combo

    This 1955 film noir borders on total abstraction for most of its length and then achieves it in an astonishing final scene—a…

  2. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

    When I first read about Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, it was described as a sequel to Bad Lieutenant, Abel…

  3. American Violet

    A state-of-the-art Hollywood issue drama (2010), with strong performances all around and a script that digs deep into the problems of criminal…

  4. Bread and Roses

    Who wants to think about Mexican janitors—illegal aliens, working in the buildings where movie stars do business with their agents—who decide to…

  5. Bright Leaves

    Apart from the groundbreaking Sherman's March (1986), this is the best entry yet in Ross McElwee's ongoing autobiographical saga: it's funny, profound,…

  6. Sex Is Comedy

    This 2002 provocation from director-writer Catherine Breillat is so perversely enjoyable it gives the lie to her image as a serious, politically…