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Sunday, January 5 2014

The Best Films of 2013

After a shaky start, 2013 ended up a stellar cinematic year, covering subjects as varied as young love, '70s (and '80s and '90s) con men, our country's horrific history of slavery, and perhaps most importantly, giant robots battling equally elephantine alien monster.


Wednesday, December 4 2013

Why 'Blackfish' Is a Documentary Worth Watching, Even if You Know the Story

This substantial documentary displays the genre at its most vital: telling a story for a subject incapable of voicing complaint.

Friday, July 19 2013

'Blackfish' Swims with Killer Whales and the Company That Keeps Them

Blackfish -- an advocacy film in the best sense of the word -- makes the persuasive case that this whale and others suffer ongoing trauma at the hands of the humans who keep them.

Tuesday, April 30 2013

SFIFF Day 2: 'Blackfish' + 'The Act of Killing'

Should documentaries adopt the traditional story structure found in narrative cinema? Two films at SFIFF provide a powerful argument for why documentaries should be treated as much more than straightforward narratives.


Friday, August 16 2013

'Blackfish' Is a Terrifying Whale of a Tale

Blackfish is what happens when human arrogance trumps harsh natural reality.

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