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Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

  1. Augustine 2013 The film is something of a paradox, simultaneously passionate and dispassionate, its ending tethered to both bruised triumph and a sense of things falling apart. full review
  2. Big Words 2013 Full of ideas on art, politics, relationships, and the construction of identity, it's that rare film in which black characters aren't amped-up caricatures. full review
  3. Breakfast With Curtis 2013 A coming-of-age film that defies the trends and traps that have lately made that genre almost insufferable in American cinema. full review
  4. Bridegroom 2013 A gripping documentary that pivots on brutal familial homophobia ... full review
  5. Dirty Wars 2013 Dirty Wars is essential viewing for anyone who wants to know how we wage war right now; it's also a chilling prologue for what's likely a global future of endless war and blowback. full review
  6. Good Ol' Freda 2013 A surprisingly satisfying and moving experience. full review
  7. Graceland 2013 Writer-director Ron Morales just misses equilibrium in the visually arresting Filipino thriller Graceland. full review
  8. The Happy Sad 2013 The cast is terrific-a uniformly perfect combination of eye candy and talent-and the script is filled with wonderfully raw, discomfiting conversations ... full review
  9. Informant 2013 Informant is riveting as it slowly assembles a damning profile of its subject. It's also timely. full review
  10. The Lifeguard 2013 From concept to execution to tone, writer-director Liz W. Garcia's The Lifeguard is a lifeless misfire. full review
  11. Narco Cultura 2013 The breadth of director Shaul Schwarz's documentary Narco Cultura is staggering. full review
  12. Rubberneck 2013 Unsettling [and] tough-minded ... full review
  13. The Secret Disco Revolution 2013 The film isn't as smart on the issue of race as it needs to be, and its feminist read of the music and scene feels forced in places, but as an entry-level conversation starter, it gets the job done. full review
  14. Stranded 2013 Trite dialogue, stock characters, and bad-to-middling special effects make Stranded more tedious than scary or nerve-wracking. full review
  15. Venus And Serena 2013 The film works best as a primer, as it would take a miniseries to do justice to all that the sisters have accomplished in the face of obvious obstacles and naked double standards. full review
  16. War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State 2013 Accessible without sacrificing nuance or intelligence. full review
  17. Wrong Cops 2013 A tedious exercise in self-consciously hip lowbrow comedy. full review
  18. All Together 2012 Well-acted and directed, with melancholy grooved insights that will only be news to the young and narcissistic, Together is a pleasant way to while away an afternoon and see some old pros in great form. full review
  19. The American Scream 2012 Though not must-see cinema, it is entertaining and affecting. full review
  20. Barrymore 2012 A wistful look at faded dreams and opportunities lost due to both the vagaries of the business and self-sabotage. full review
  21. Cheerful Weather For The Wedding 2012 The costumes are gorgeous, and the settings are plush, but the acting is merely serviceable, and the film lacks either the wit or the energy of its predecessors. full review
  22. Craigslist Joe 2012 Craigslist Joe is sweet, moving, and frustrating. full review
  23. Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey 2012 It's a moving tale made more so because even after he's "won," Pineda maintains a clear-eyed pragmatism about what living a fairy tale costs. full review
  24. Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story 2012 It is pure hagiography. full review
  25. The Forgiveness of Blood 2012 Marston demonstrated his ability to sustain almost unbearable dramatic tension in his debut feature film, Maria Full of Grace. His sophomore effort, The Forgiveness of Blood, illustrates an impressive deepening of that skill. full review
  26. The Front Line 2012 Quick, unexpected flashes engross the viewer in this Korean War tale even as the script is filled with conventional war movie tropes and types. full review
  27. The Giant Mechanical Man 2012 Fischer ... imbues Janice with a wounded soulfulness that cuts right through the cliches. full review
  28. High Ground 2012 [An] impressively restrained documentary ... full review
  29. Painted Skin: The Resurrection 2012 The whole thing can be hard to follow, but the energy (and pulchritude) of the cast make it a perfectly fine bit of popcorn escapism. full review
  30. An African Election 2011 What makes the film especially resonate now is the frustration with the status quo that is consistently voiced by the people on the street. full review
  31. The Big Fix 2011 Fix stretches into a mandatory-viewing critique of widespread government corruption... full review
  32. Farmageddon 2011 A lesser effort in the burgeoning canon, it's still effective in its goals: illuminating how denigrated and dangerous our food supply is. full review
  33. One Fall 2011 The cast is engaging, and there are a few light-chuckle moments, but the script needed another rewrite, and the film itself needed to be guided by a thornier sensibility than Fuller's. full review
  34. Surviving Progress 2011 The anticapitalism prognosis is grim, and the hope offered is slim indeed. full review
  35. Where Soldiers Come From 2011 Much of what's presented is familiar territory, but it's the moments that fracture prejudices and expectations that stick with you. full review
  36. The Killing Jar 2010 The film has no pulse and feels interminable, with its stilted dialogue, static staging, and usually fine actors who are horrendous here. full review
  37. Descent 2007 A well-acted trifle straining to be a hard-hitting morality play. full review

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