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The Aristocrats (Not rated)

Director: Paul Provenza. With Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Bill Maher, the Smothers Brothers. (92 min.)

Sterritt ** Comedians tell, discuss, and banter about their profession's most notorious dirty joke. Mighty monotonous after a while.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Not rated)

Director: Dai Sijie. With Zhou Xun, Liu Ye, Chen Kun, Wang Hong Wei. (110 min.)

Sterritt ** Friendship, rivalry, and romance blossom in a Chinese reeducation camp during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. The story is winning but the telling, with Dai adapting and directing from his own novel, is too sentimental in the long run. In Mandarin and French with subtitles.

The Conformist (R)

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci. With Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dominique Sanda, Pierre Clémenti, Stefania Sandrelli. (115 min.)

Sterritt **** One of the great Bertolucci's most acclaimed films, this 1970 political thriller focuses on a man whose wish to be part of the crowd makes him first a Mussolini follower and then a potential assassin. Trintignant gives a legendary performance. In Italian with subtitles.

Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen (Not rated)

Director: Michael Palm. With Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman, Ann Savage, Joe Dante. (77 min.)

Sterritt *** Nonfiction look at the enormously gifted maker of ultralow-budget movies like "The Black Cat" and "Detour," along with less brilliant efforts. The subject and the film clips are great, although the documentary as a whole is a bit gimmicky.

Must Love Dogs (PG-13)

Director: Gary David Goldberg. With Diane Lane, John Cusack, Stockard Channing, Christopher Plummer. (108 min.)


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