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The Edge of “Night Tide”

Literally as well as figuratively, Curtis Harrington’s first feature—the stilted but effectively moody nocturne “Night Tide”, newly out in a restored Blu-Ray—is a product of the Hollywood fringe.

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On Screen, Around the Quad: “At Berkeley”

Frederick Wiseman, now well into his 80s, returned to school a few years ago, “At Berkeley.” For the better part of the Fall 2009 semester (and perhaps into 2010), America’s preeminent documentary filmmaker audited America’s preeminent public university, distilling 250 hours of footage into a four-hour mosaic.

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Something “Wicker” This Way Comes

Restored on its 40th anniversary in director Robin Hardy’s “final cut” and, courtesy of Rialto, back in release, “The Wicker Man”—explicated here by Graham Fuller—is the culminating work in a tradition that never gotten its due, namely Brit Goth.

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“Enough Said” is More Than That

Two small screen titans, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini, team for a rueful — at times acerbic — comedy of mature love and love in “Enough Said,” writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s strongest movie since “Lovely & Amazing”.

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“Newlyweeds” is Weally Good

“Newlyweeds,” the unfortunately-titled, unsentimental but comic Bedstuy-set doper romcom, written and directed by Shaka King, got a mixed response at Sundance, a friendlier one at BAM, and deserves to draw some crowds at Film Forum where it’s having its theatrical premiere, September 18 through October 1.

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Before “Jaws” there was Sam Fuller’s “Shark”

“Shark,” originally called “Caine” and re-released as “Man-Eater,” is the first movie that Samuel Fuller made after the slap in the face that was “The Naked Kiss” effectively terminated his Hollywood career. It was shot in Manzanillo, Mexico during the Summer of Love and returns to us now courtesy of the intrepid catalog scroungers of Olive Films.

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“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”: Bee-yoo-ti-ful Dreamers, I’d Say

Lauded at Sundance, where Variety compared it “a lost artifact freshly unearthed from the 1970s,” David Lowry’s second feature, the awkwardly titled “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” aspires to the magic hour quality of the late Hollywood new wave, with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara playing Bob Guthrie and Ruth Muldoon, a good-looking, ultra-twangy pair of romantic outlaws.

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Civil Rights in America: You Are There

Counting down to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (something which, if boyhood memory serves, was televised live, at least in New York) and the Martin Luther King speech which rivals the Gettysburg Address as the most famous in U.S. history, BAMcinématek has an amazing, impressively researched series opening tomorrow, August 13, and continuing through August 28.

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Bujalski’s Latest Gambit: “Computer Chess”

A double or maybe a triple nerd-fest, influential independent Andrew Bujalski’s typically deadpan “Computer Chess” is a small movie with a comic novel premise and a near cosmic theme.

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Jem Cohen’s “Museum Hours”: Take a Look

Not quite sui generis but certainly unclassifiable, “Museum Hours”—the latest feature by experimental filmmaker Jem Cohen—might best be described an exercise in framing, although even that makes the movie seem more formal and less welcoming than it is.

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