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Sunday, January 22 2012

The 40 Best Films of 2011

2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.


Thursday, January 12 2012

The Best Indie / International Films of 2011

The year's best independent and international films are highlighted by a duo from iconic director Werner Herzog, a staggeringly brilliant frontier-western and a score of top-notch documentaries that illustrate how filmmaking continues to reach new highs.


Wednesday, April 27 2011

On Truth and Lies and the Full Frame Film Festival 2011

What is the connection between cloned puppies and a 32-year-old sex in chains story? This and other questions raised at this year’s Full Frame Film Festival.


Reviews

Tuesday, March 6 2012

'Project Nim': Just Enough Monkeying Around

The issues may not be immediately relevant to the moment, but the human element of Project Nim, combined with its expert direction, make it a must-see documentary.


Friday, July 8 2011

'Project Nim' Presents No Ordinary Chimp

Project Nim doesn't try to reconcile its different understandings of Nim -- as an experiment, a child, a projection of various selves, and a complex, independent being. Instead, it shows how they shape and are shaped by the people who believe them.


Friday, August 8 2008

Man on Wire

In Man on Wire, Philippe Petit's life story is set in a much broader context, both historical and immediate, a time recollected from so many angles that the reconstruction begins to feel like another sort of stunt.


Wednesday, June 21 2006

The King (2005)

Though Elvis seems impelled by the memory of his dead Mexican mother and trained to deliver a certain calculated violence, his power is illusory.


Blogs

Tuesday, September 14 2010

The Ugly Underneath: 'Red Riding' (Blu-ray)

Red Riding is a series of minor victories, each rotten apple uncovered helping to remove the unrelenting stink from almost a decade of ethical decay.


Tuesday, September 16 2008

'Wire' is a Wonder

A daredevil, by definition, defies death. He cheats the Grim Reaper at his own particular brand of bluffing. This also means, by reciprocal inference, he


News

Tuesday, January 25 2011

At Sundance, a science documentary revives language questions

LOS ANGELES — Among the offerings at this year's Sundance Film Festival is a documentary about a trailblazing chimpanzee named Nim Chimpsky who played a key


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