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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. Birth Of The Living Dead 2013 What distinguishes this doc from much of the tedious critical prose Romero has inspired is the fan-boy and fan-girl ardor that fuels its smarts - both behind and in front of the camera. full review
  4. 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
  5. Bridegroom 2013 A gripping documentary that pivots on brutal familial homophobia ... full review
  6. Call Me Kuchu 2013 Equally gut-wrenching and inspiring, the documentary Call Me Kuchu beams right from Uganda, the global hypocenter in the ongoing and intensifying struggle over LGBT rights. full review
  7. 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
  8. Evidence 2013 The film isn't as smart as it thinks it is, and its characters are painfully generic. full review
  9. Genius On Hold 2013 A far-reaching narrative of government venality and big-business greed that's all mapped succinctly but substantively. full review
  10. Good Ol' Freda 2013 A surprisingly satisfying and moving experience. full review
  11. 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
  12. I Do 2013 Ross's on-the-nose script offers little subtext or nuance, and the film-for all the inherent drama of the situation-has very little real-life grit. full review
  13. Informant 2013 Informant is riveting as it slowly assembles a damning profile of its subject. It's also timely. full review
  14. The Lifeguard 2013 From concept to execution to tone, writer-director Liz W. Garcia's The Lifeguard is a lifeless misfire. full review
  15. Narco Cultura 2013 The breadth of director Shaul Schwarz's documentary Narco Cultura is staggering. full review
  16. Rubberneck 2013 Unsettling [and] tough-minded ... full review
  17. 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
  18. Stranded 2013 Trite dialogue, stock characters, and bad-to-middling special effects make Stranded more tedious than scary or nerve-wracking. full review
  19. 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
  20. War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State 2013 Accessible without sacrificing nuance or intelligence. full review
  21. Wrong Cops 2013 A tedious exercise in self-consciously hip lowbrow comedy. full review
  22. 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
  23. The American Scream 2012 Though not must-see cinema, it is entertaining and affecting. full review
  24. 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
  25. Craigslist Joe 2012 Craigslist Joe is sweet, moving, and frustrating. full review
  26. 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
  27. Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story 2012 It is pure hagiography. full review
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. The Giant Mechanical Man 2012 Fischer ... imbues Janice with a wounded soulfulness that cuts right through the cliches. full review
  31. High Ground 2012 [An] impressively restrained documentary ... full review
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. Surviving Progress 2011 The anticapitalism prognosis is grim, and the hope offered is slim indeed. full review
  36. 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
  37. Descent 2007 A well-acted trifle straining to be a hard-hitting morality play. full review
  38. /titles/197695 It's decently acted, delivers some well-executed jolts, doesn't insult the viewer's intelligence, and is mercifully free of ironic distance. full review
  39. /titles/197225 Griffith can break your heart as a good woman staggering under the weight of life, especially after her character places her last bit of faith in a dangerously damaged man. full review
  40. /titles/198141 A documentary that is by turns exasperating, illuminating, and intentionally infuriating. full review
  41. /titles/197727 It's an admittedly hagiographic film, an unabashed celebration of the man and his work and worldview. The few mild naysayers are largely set up to be knocked down, but as such the film is invigorating. full review
  42. /titles/197283 This is a film in which characters are flung out of character solely for cheap laughs and rarely actually listen or talk to one another. full review
  43. /titles/197587 A must-see documentary. full review
  44. /titles/197667 Absorbing and moving. full review

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