Fried Green Tomatoes is a thoroughly enjoyable movie-going experience, replete with laughter, tears, triumph, and tragedy...

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Apt Pupil has the capability to disturb. In some instances, such as with Schindler's List and Happiness, saying this about a movie is the highest possible compliment. In this case, however, it is not well-meant. Apt Pupil offends because of the exploitative manner in which it addresses Holocaust- related themes...

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Agnieszka Holland's "Europa, Europa" brings freshness, immediacy and outrage to the growing body of films about the Holocaust. An incredible story in the way that only true stories can be, it is based on the memoirs of Solomon Perel who survived the war through a chain of extraordinary events.

The first moments of "Europa, Europa" recount Solly's circumcision, a physically brutal act in itself, yet nothing compared to the events he will experience later in his life...

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Director Alan Parker tackles this adapation of William Wharton's novel, which retains much of the source material's texture and complexity. Matthew Modine is Birdy, who comes back from Vietnam mentally shattered and deludes himself into thinking that he is a bird, an animal that has obsessed him since childhood...

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Woody Allen. The name alone is enough to induce awe and admiration in anyone who has even the slightest interest in movies. The man has been going at it for some 61 years now, and has a pretty decent track record. Bar the occasional dud, you can be pretty sure you're in for a good time, whenever you watch one of his movies.

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Robert De Niro gets top billing, but young Leonardo DiCaprio is the revelation of This Boy's Life, an astute, often painful drama of growing up in the 1950s Pacific Northwest, based on the autobiographical novel by Tobias Woolf...

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Happiness is a 1998 black comedy film written and directed by Todd Solondz, that portrays the lives of three sisters, their families and those around them. The film was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for "its bold tracking of controversial contemporary themes, richly-layered subtext, and remarkable fluidity of visual style," and the cast received the National Board of Review award for best ensemble performance...

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Equal parts sly identity crisis, suspenseful cross-continental chase, and cool romance, 'North by Northwest' is one of Alfred Hitchcock's most enjoyable films. Done with the irreverent brand of humor that the director made his trademark, the film balances somewhere between suspense thriller and urbane comedy, its considerable wit both complementing and fueling its intrigue...

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Willem Dafoe plays Jesus Christ in this extraordinarily controversial adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis's novel. The film depicts a sometimes reluctant, self-doubting Jesus, gradually coming to accept His divinity and the inexorability of His ultimate fate...

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Krzysztof Kieslowski's Blind Chance was originally titled Przypadek. Boguslaw Linda plays a young man at a crossroads of his life; whatever choice he makes for his future has the potential of ending in disaster...

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