Sunday, January 22 2012
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.
Tuesday, January 17 2012
In another strong year, crime and punishment take on heart and heroism for the right to be called 2011's best male film acting work.
Thursday, January 12 2012
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.
Thursday, January 15 2009
The most remarkable films of 2008 were small, smart, and complicated. While they're surely worth seeking out for their own pleasures, they also represent the sort of movies that will find theatrical releases even harder to manage in the shrinking economy.
Wednesday, January 14 2009
With many indie/international films receiving more and more mainstream approval from unfamiliar audiences, many of the titles here could be considered part of the overall 2008 Best Of. But their individuality and multicultural appeal keep them a quality concept apart.
Monday, December 2 2013
Kelly Reichardt has established herself as a singular and essential voice in modern cinema by being a master of the miniature, a maestro of The Moment.
Thursday, January 5 2012
Kelly Reichardt has crafted a new American classic that bends the rules of one of its most beloved genres.
Monday, April 18 2011
Violence -- potential and inevitable -- shapes each moment in this extraordinary film. Rarely visible and never cathartic, this violence is instead like the land that offers possibility and lays down limits for the emigrants.
Thursday, December 11 2008
Surviving traumas, Wendy (Michelle Williams) serves as both detailed portrait and metaphorical expanse. Her pain is specific but also vague, her loss exact and all-encompassing.
Tuesday, December 5 2006
While the film appears to focus on an evolving friendship, it is, as well, a meditation on political and moral ideals, as these give way to questions and frustrations, self-reflection and, perhaps, self-understanding.
Wednesday, November 3 2010
Kelly Reichardt's Meek’s Cutoff is an outsider's Western. If we were looking for a female counterpart to Gus Van Sant, I think we may have found her.
Monday, April 25 2011
MINNEAPOLIS — We're accustomed to stories about the settling of the American West being told in a certain way. There will be resolute men sitting on
Wednesday, January 28 2009
Only a few minutes into "Wendy and Lucy," there's no doubt that Michelle Williams - playing a hard-luck vagabond stuck in a Pacific Northwest town