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Baadasssss! (2004)

Raggedy-ass re-enactment of the making of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, the 1971 blaxploitation blip by Melvin Van Peebles. There's certainly a behind-the-scenes story to tell (and writer-director-star Mario Van Peebles, Melvin's son, has a highly personal angle), but the slapdash dramatizations and pseudodocumentary interviews hardly help the credibility. With Rainn ... (R)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Baaghi: A Rebel For Love (2016)

Sabir Khan directs this update of the 1990 film about a love triangle — this time at a martial arts academy instead of a brothel. In Hindi. (NR)

None stars

Baar Baar Dekho (2016)

Nitya Mehra takes on true love with a story about a couple who find that life accelerates once they gets married. In Hindi with English subtitles. (NR)

None stars

The Babadook (2014)

If you want horror to be horrifying — scary, as opposed to simply tense or shocking — then it helps to shine a light into the those real-life dark corners that people would rather not investigate. The Babadook does just that, gazing steadily upon the strained and fraying mother-love that ... (NR)

4.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Babe (1995)

Quaint animal tale, freshly, ripely illustrated by prior documentarian Chris Noonan, about an orphaned porker who, taken in tow by a sheepdog, revolutionizes the business of herding when he introduces reason and politeness into it. Sometimes the cuteness gets overaggressive, but the absence of any obligatory child actor minimizes the ... (G)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

The Babe (1992)

A/k/a The Bambino. A/k/a The Sultan of Swat. A/k/a George Herman Ruth. A from-the-beginning biographical approach (the abandonment at Saint Mary's Industrial School for Boys, the breaking of the chapel window by batted ball, etc.), plus some child-in-a-candy-store psychological analysis. John Goodman starts out too old (and too fat) for ... (PG)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Babel (2006)

Communication problems the world over. An American tourist is struck by rifle fire in Morocco, arousing erroneous worries of terrorism. An illegal-alien nanny drags along the two towheads in her care to a Mexican wedding, and runs afoul of the Border Patrol on their return. And a horny pantyless deaf-mute ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

Before and after all else, this is simply a sequel, with some of the common symptoms of sequelitis: a swelling of the head, a puffing-up of the body, an overall putting-on of pounds. The critics' exaggeration of the original's modest charms can only have aggravated the situation. (The same director, ... (G)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Babette's Feast (1987)

Gabriel Axel's film, from a story by Isak Dinesen, treats of two spinsterly sisters devoted to Good Works on the Jutland Coast near the end of the last century, of how they came to have a French maid, and of how the maid, after fourteen years of gratuitous service, came ... (G)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Babies (2010)

A kind of nature documentary that looks at the human species the way another documentary might look at apes: a human-nature documentary, if you like. The French filmmaker Thomas Balmès follows four newborns from far-flung corners of the globe — a Namibian, a Mongolian, a Japanese, an American — from ... (PG)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Babu Bangaram (2016)

Telugu action/comedy/romance film written and directed by Maruthi. Starring Daggubati Venkatesh and Nayanthara. (NR)

None stars

Baby Blue Marine (1976)

The Norman Rockwell paintings displayed behind the credits may be seen as a bad omen; and the ensuing storyline, sure enough, proves to be Preston Sturges's Hail the Conquering Hero played with a solemnly straight face. Jan-Michael Vincent, a St. Loo rube with a head tapered like a brontosaurus, is ... (PG)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Baby Boom (1987)

An ad-agency workaholic (female) inherits an infant from her only living -- but now dead -- relative. The feminist movement would seem to have made great strides when a woman can be portrayed as being the equal in parental ineptitude of the men in, say, Three Men and a Cradle ... (PG)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd