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Bob Balaban

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Me, NatalieMe, Natalie (1969)
Dir. Fred Coe
Feat. Patty Duke, James Farentino, Salome Jens
Thoughtful, though occasionally mawkish coming–of–age tale with Patty Duke as a young woman struggling with low self esteem and fighting…
ParentsParents (1989) Aro Favourite
Dir. Bob Balaban
Feat. Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis
Frightening piece of horror kitsch about a boy who suspects his parents are cannibals. Splendid, stylised direction and set design make this a…
GreedyGreedy (1994)
Dir. Jonathan Lynn
Feat. Michael J. Fox, Kirk Douglas, Nancy Travis
Slapdash comedy with Douglas as a wealthy elderly man who's family compete to secure his vast inheritance.
Late Shift, TheLate Shift, The (1995) Recommended
Dir. Betty Thomas
Feat. Kathy Bates, John Michael Higgins, Bob Balaban
Searing, insightful fact–based drama that charts the jostle for late–night supremacy between David Letterman and Jay Leno after the…
Last Good Time, TheLast Good Time, The (1995)
Dir. Bob Balaban
Feat. Armin Mueller-Stahl, Olivia d'Abo, Maureen Stapleton
Affecting tale of complementary opposites – a young woman takes refuge in the apartment of a longtime widower (Armin Mueller–Stahl),…
Waiting for GuffmanWaiting for Guffman (1997) Aro Favourite
Dir. Christopher Guest
Feat. Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey
A comic treasure from the writer/star of "This is Spinal Tap", here lining up the fictional US burg of Blaine, Missouri in his satirical sights, as…
Deconstructing HarryDeconstructing Harry (1998)
Dir. Woody Allen
Feat. Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Bob Balaban
Woody Allen's most unruly comedy in years is an excoriating satire on his 'public–image': morally–depraved author Harry Blok, in a…
Majestic, TheMajestic, The (2001)
Dir. Frank Darabont
Feat. Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Bob Balaban
Jim Carrey chose the wrong horse on which to saddle his dramatic aspirations with this “Capra–esque” tale of a blacklisted…
Mighty Wind, AMighty Wind, A (2003) Recommended
Dir. Christopher Guest
Feat. Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean
Writer–director Christopher Guest and his repertory of actors return for another cheerful send–up of an American subculture – this time…
Marie and BruceMarie and Bruce (2004)
Dir. Tom Cairns
Feat. Julianne Moore, Matthew Broderick, Bob Balaban
A portrait of a sharply declining marriage, with Matthew Broderick and Julianne Moore as diametrically opposed partners clinging to the remaining…
Exonerated, The Exonerated, The (2005)
Dir. Bob Balaban
Feat. Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover, Delroy Lindo
Jarring prison drama focusing on six death row inmates that are exonerated just before their executions due to new evidence becoming available.…
RageRage (2009)
Dir. Sally Potter
Feat. Lily Cole, Steve Buscemi, Jude Law
Another arthouse conceit from dir. Sally Potter (ORLANDO, YES), comprised entirely of monologues from insiders at New York fashion house, who recall…
HowlHowl (2010) Recommended
Dir. Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Feat. James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm
A fitting celebration and account of the making and hostile reception of Allen Ginsberg's famously controversial poem, with James Franco superb as…
ImogeneImogene (Girl Most Likely) (2012)
Dir. Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Feat. Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon
Kristen Wiig plays a downtrodden playwright consigned to the care of her eccentric mother after she fakes a suicide attempt in this offbeat comedy…
Monuments Men, TheMonuments Men, The (2014)
Dir. George Clooney
Feat. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray
George Clooney directs and stars in this stirring WWII adventure based on the deeds of a team of Allied art historians who go behind enemy lines to…
Show Me a Hero (TV Mini-Series)Show Me a Hero (TV Mini-Series) (2015) Recommended
Dir. Paul Haggis
Feat. Oscar Isaac, Peter Riegert, Alfred Molina
Extraordinary true story of the political fight to build public housing in white middle–class neighbourhoods in 1980's New York. From the…

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