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Spotlight: The Idle Rich

Are the very rich different from the rest of us? The films in this week’s Spotlight certainly make it look that way. They satirize and skewer the one percent in merciless detail — their greed and gluttony, moral failings, mental shortcomings, and spectacular, soul-killing selfishness.

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English movie from 2022: Triangle of Sadness

Triangle of Sadness

Ruben Östlund
2022 Sweden, France, United Kingdom
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Italian movie from 1974: Swept Away

Swept Away

Lina Wertmüller
1974 Italy
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French movie from 1939: The Rules of the Game

The Rules of the Game

Jean Renoir
1939 France
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Spotlight: Volcanoes

From disaster flicks to documentaries, from Mount Vesuvius to Mount Paektu, to Mount Doom, this week we‘re watching movies about volcanoes. With computer generated imagery, stop-motion animation, and spectacular live action footage, these filmmakers attempt to capture the singularly cinematic phenomenon of fire-breathing mountains.

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English movie from 2014: Pompeii

Pompeii

Paul W. S. Anderson
2014 Canada, Germany, United States
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English movie from 2022: The Northman

The Northman

Robert Eggers
2022 United States
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English movie from 2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Peter Jackson
2003 New Zealand, United States
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English movie from 1967: You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice

Lewis Gilbert
1967 United Kingdom, United States, Japan
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Japanese movie from 1967: Gamera vs. Gyaos

Gamera vs. Gyaos

Noriaki Yuasa
1967 Japan
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Korean movie from 2019: Ashfall

Ashfall

Lee Hae-jun
2019 Korea
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Spanish movie from 2015: Ixcanul

Ixcanul

Jayro Bustamante
2015 Guatemala, France
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Italian movie from 1954: Journey to Italy

Journey to Italy

Roberto Rossellini
1954 Italy, France
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SEE ALL: Volcanoes

Spotlight: Cities: New York

New York has served as a port of entry, both literally and imaginatively, for people from around the world coming to America. These films tell their stories, and in so doing, offer a kaleidoscopic vision of the city from the outside in.

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English movie from 2008: Man on Wire

Man on Wire

James Marsh
2008 United Kingdom, United States
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Spanish movie from 2020: Son of Monarchs

Son of Monarchs

Alexis Gambis
2020 Mexico, United States
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French movie from 1959: Two Men in Manhattan

Two Men in Manhattan

Jean-Pierre Melville
1959 France
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English movie from 2010: Chico & Rita

Chico & Rita

Fernando Trueba
2010 Spain, United Kingdom
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Spotlight: More is More

At a time of year that lends itself to over-indulgence, we offer a slate of films that take a "more is more" approach. Over-the-top, campy, and melodramatic, these films invite the viewer to embrace the excess and worry about the consequences in the morning.

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Italian movie from 1986: Summer Night with Greek Profile, Almond Eyes and Scent of Basil

Summer Night with Greek Profile, Almond Eyes and Scent of Basil

Lina Wertmüller
1986 Italy
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French movie from 1978: La Cage aux Folles

La Cage aux Folles

Édouard Molinaro
1978 France, Italy
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French movie from 1977: That Obscure Object of Desire

That Obscure Object of Desire

Luis Buñuel
1977 France, Spain
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Japanese movie from 1985: The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

Makoto Tezuka
1985 Japan
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SEE ALL: More is More

Spotlight: The End Times

As 2022 careens to a close, we present a selection of films about endings of all kinds -- from the end of childhood to the end of the world, and all the many things that end along the way.

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English movie from 2011: The Artist

The Artist

Michel Hazanavicius
2011 France, United States, Belgium
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English movie from 2018: Sharkwater Extinction

Sharkwater Extinction

Rob Stewart
2018 Canada
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French movie from 1987: Au Revoir les Enfants

Au Revoir les Enfants

Louis Malle
1987 France, West Germany, Italy
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SEE ALL: The End Times

Spotlight: World Cup 2022

With a billion people estimated to watch the World Cup, soccer is everywhere this month. With that in mind, we present these soccer stories from around the world, ranging from documentaries on the star players, to dramas about the impact of those players on the rest of us.

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English movie from 2002: Bend It Like Beckham

Bend It Like Beckham

Gurinder Chadha
2002 United Kingdom, Germany, United States
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Spotlight: Movies about Math

Abstract thinking is one of those activities that is notoriously difficult to represent onscreen in a compelling way. And yet mathematicians have been among the most important and consequential figures in human history – what could be more cinematic? These films try to do justice to their stories.

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English movie from 2014: The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

James Marsh
2014 United Kingdom, Japan, United States
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English movie from 2014: The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

Morten Tyldum
2014 United Kingdom, United States
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English movie from 2016: The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity

Matt Brown
2016 United Kingdom, United States
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English movie from 2008: The Oxford Murders

The Oxford Murders

Álex de la Iglesia
2008 Spain, United Kingdom, France
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Spotlight: No Mans Land

In honor of Veterans Day, we offer this selection of films about war and the toll it takes on soldiers and civilians alike. These 12 films address conflicts around the world, from those that ended over a century ago to those playing out in the present day.

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Serbian movie from 2021: Quo Vadis, Aida?

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Jasmila Žbanić
2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania
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Estonian movie from 2013: Tangerines

Tangerines

Zaza Urushadze
2013 Estonia, Georgia
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Hebrew movie from 2017: Foxtrot

Foxtrot

Samuel Maoz
2017 Israel, Switzerland, Germany
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Ukrainian movie from 2020: The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

Iryna Tsilyk
2020 Ukraine, Lithuania
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SEE ALL: No Mans Land

Spotlight: Cuffing Season

Cuffing season, the time of year when people are more likely to start new romantic relationships, is upon us! Whether you’ve found someone to cuddle up to as the weather gets colder or are remaining single and uncuffed, we offer these films about the early stages of courtship.

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Swahili movie from 2018: Rafiki

Rafiki

Wanuri Kahiu
2018 Kenya, South Africa, Germany
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French movie from 2019: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Céline Sciamma
2019 France
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French movie from 2021: A Tale of Love and Desire

A Tale of Love and Desire

Leyla Bouzid
2021 France, Tunisia
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SEE ALL: Cuffing Season