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B. Ruby Rich

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85% La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room) (2002) Nanni Moretti has made a career's worth of film grounded in humor, but here he has turned serious.‐ The Nation
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95% Monsoon Wedding (2002) Deliriously joyous.‐ The Nation
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96% Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) (2001) Here, [Cantet] seems to tell us, nothing can compare with the violence experienced by any human caught up in mindless white-collar management, whether working or laid off.‐ The Nation
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88% La Cienaga (2001) La Ciénaga does what cinema at its best can do: It reveals a universe we've never even imagined and then gets us to look differently at both the society and medium we'd underestimated.‐ The Nation
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74% Fat Girl (2001) From its tranquil beginning to its shocking finish, Fat Girl shows Breillat to be a world-class artist working at the top of her form -- even when the lessons of gender, sexuality and social custom may be hard to swallow.‐ The Nation
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No Score Yet Dear Fidel (2000) The confused editing might boggle the mind, but Dear Fidel's central subject never fails to fascinate.‐ The Nation
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91% Crime After Crime (2011) The documentary and the case became entangled in fascinating ways and suggest that filmmakers may have more power than they usually think they do.‐ Film Quarterly
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99% The Interrupters (2011) A one-woman peace squad, [Ameena Matthews] burns up the screen whenever she's on it.‐ Film Quarterly
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92% The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) The result is astonishing, for stereotypes have long since replaced the vivid realities of that moment; now, revivified, its actors spin back into action, misconceptions corrected, history set straight.‐ Film Quarterly
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86% Gatos Viejos (Old Cats) (2011) A masterful cast, patient camera, narrative immediacy, and tremendous compassion all combine to make Old Cats an utter jewel of a drama. I haven't been able to get it out of my mind.‐ Film Quarterly
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72% The Future (2011) Despite the brilliant July touches... the tone became too winsome, the narrative too forced, the performances too twee.‐ Film Quarterly
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57% Perfect Sense (2012) Scottish director David Mackenzie's Perfect Sense, play with the best kind of futurism: just like today, except for one crucial difference.‐ Film Quarterly
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65% Another Earth (2011) All believably rendered with great economy.‐ Film Quarterly
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93% Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (2012) Pointed jokes and sweetheart ending mark Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same as a modern-day lesbian fairy tale.‐ Film Quarterly
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86% Circumstance (2011) With an eye for detail and atmosphere reminiscent of Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta, [Maryam] Keshavarz nimbly reworks the diaspora narrative with a fresh, stylish, sexy style.‐ Film Quarterly
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95% Pariah (2011) The tone is tragicomic, the genre is coming-of-age, and the execution is impeccable.‐ Film Quarterly
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96% 5 Broken Cameras (2012) A documentary that needs to be seen in the U.S. and around the world: its evidence of the campaign of terror waged on Palestinian villages in Gaza by the Israeli military is incontrovertible.‐ Film Quarterly
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No Score Yet Joven y alocada (Young and Wild) (2012) Young and Wild is an impressive artistic achievement that etches a lineage back to Lucrecia Martel's The Holy Girl and Catherine Breillat's A Real Young Girl.‐ Film Quarterly
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89% Keep the Lights On (2012) This gay domestic drama is a fascinating turn for Sachs.‐ Film Quarterly
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98% How to Survive a Plague (2012) For anybody who doubts that individuals can combat giant governmental and corporate forces and win, this is a great how-to manual.‐ Film Quarterly
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No Score Yet We're Not Broke (2012) The history is shocking, the data stunning.‐ Film Quarterly
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94% The House I Live In (2012) Elegantly edited [and] thoroughly researched... Deservedly took the jury award for best U.S. documentary.‐ Film Quarterly
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87% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) A monumentally original fable.‐ Film Quarterly
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44% Big Sur (2013) Sparked an awareness of drama and documentary's interconnectedness and the impossibility of truly separating their elements in a digital age.‐ Film Quarterly
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94% Stories We Tell (2013) The pay-off that Polley leads us to is real enough to hang a movie on.‐ Film Quarterly
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100% Salma (2013) A haunting look at one remarkable woman's survival and triumph.‐ Film Quarterly
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100% The Stuart Hall Project (2013) In the end, audiences not well versed in the intricacies of Hall's career, and even some who are, will be lost - but then found through the remarkable scenes and sounds of a lifetime of Hall speeches, television interviews, and thoughts.‐ Film Quarterly
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83% Google and the World Brain (2013) Clearly the editing wasn't finished... yet the passions captured over 24 months by Nezhat's cameras and a battalion of local chroniclers were undeniable.‐ Film Quarterly
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92% After Tiller (2013) This portrayal of [the doctors'] work, dedication, and grace under pressure is heart-breaking in so many ways.‐ Film Quarterly
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79% Anita (2014) Anita's ace in the hole is its archival footage, especially the riveting scenes of Hill's original testimony.‐ Film Quarterly
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100% Pit Stop (2013) Yen Tan's gift for long takes and his comfort with silences makes demands on the audience that films ought to make - and pays them back with a surprising happy ending.‐ Film Quarterly
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75% Concussion (2013) A crazy set-up, but this is one part screwball comedy, one part sex romp, so it works.‐ Film Quarterly
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58% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) [Travis] Matthews made a sophisticated bit of sexual time-travel that allowed Franco to create another bit of self-reflection.‐ Film Quarterly
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No Score Yet Humain, Trop Humain (1973) Malle fails to fulfill his promises, constantly opting for a cute portrait, a beautiful movement or - finally - a closing freeze frame to embody his message. Unfortunately, showing the audience a pretty image does not necessarily supply any meaning.‐ Jump Cut
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No Score Yet Retrato de Teresa (Portrait of Teresa) (1979) Back in the U.S., where the image of woman in Hollywood has changed all the way from Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore to An Unmarried Woman back to Kramer Versus Kramer ... well, Portrait of Teresa looks awfully good.‐ Jump Cut
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98% Apocalypse Now (1979) One of the pleasures of Apocalypse Now is that Coppola never settles for a single explanation.‐ Jump Cut
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100% La Muerte de un burócrata (Death of a Bureaucrat) (1966) Death of a Bureaucrat is a fanciful satire that takes on the excesses of Kafkaesque bureaucracy at the same time that it pays loving homage to the excesses of early cinematic comedies.‐ Jump Cut
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82% Emporte-moi (Set Me Free) (1999) Pool has reached a new level entirely as writer-director of deeply emotional yet lightly humorous storytelling. Best of all, she's taken a genre known for its softness, the coming-of-age film, and put some bite into it.‐ San Francisco Bay Guardian
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35% Woman on Top (2000) Shut off the analytic sector of your brain, and the rest of you can, have a thoroughly pleasant night out at the movie theater.‐ San Francisco Bay Guardian
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96% Sound and Fury (2000) This is an intensely riveting, eye-and ear-opening journey into the culture of the deaf -- and the political battles unleashed there by the latest technological wonder.‐ San Francisco Bay Guardian
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85% Bend It Like Beckham (2003) Beckham pointedly punctures English, Indian, and immigrant foibles despite a few jokes that are broad enough to hit the side of a barn.‐ San Francisco Bay Guardian
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85% Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It Over There?) (2001) It's a hilarious conceit, which Tsai carries through with smart cinematic wit.‐ The Nation
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75% La espalda del mundo (The Back of the World) (2002) Utterly free of didacticism, The Back of the World brushes its subjects with the luminosity of an oil painting. It's impossible to exit the theater unmoved.‐ The Nation
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No Score Yet Leaving No Trace (Sin Dejar Huella) (2001) In this breezy road movie, Novaro finds plenty of opportunities to poke delicious fun at the state of affairs in her country.‐ The Nation
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81% Waking Life (2001) Linklater and his animation collaborators have clearly had a lot of fun, morphing characters into their own conversational subjects, destabilizing their environs, throwing the material world into question.‐ The Nation
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82% The Sleepy Time Gal (2001) Much of the pleasure of viewing The Sleepy Time Gal lies in the transcendent performance of the great Jacqueline Bisset, who plays the eponymous heroine.‐ The Nation
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89% Trembling Before G-d (2001) Happily, the film has a hero: Rabbi Steven Greenberg, the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi, whose joyousness stands in marked contrast to the pervasive suffering.‐ The Nation
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83% The Believer (2002) A traditional but well-made examination of one Danny Balint, a disgruntled yeshiva student turned skinhead thug.‐ The Nation
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81% The Business of Strangers (2001) A tense chamber-piece.‐ The Nation
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77% Tape (2001) It's a wonderfully tense tale, played out with humor and sarcasm.‐ The Nation
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