Show Business: The Year's Best

ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE. All about a middle-aged widow and her smart-mouthed son trying to make a new life for themselves. Directed with raucous, stops-out vitality by Martin Scorsese and fiercely well acted by Ellen Burstyn, Diane Ladd and Harvey Keitel.

BARRY LYNDON. One of Stanley Kubrick's most audacious excursions, about a rake's progress and comeuppance. The movie is stunningly beautiful and bleakly—sometimes madly—funny. Though the pace is deliberately slow and careful, Barry Lyndon is finally an exciting film because Kubrick's gift for poetic irony charges every scene.

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