Mark Holcomb, Village Voice

  1. 5 Broken Cameras 2012 Startlingly intimate and direct, this first-person doc by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi requires multiple viewings for anyone eager to work out how it could have been shot with such precision and visual ingenuity under such plainly chaotic conditions. full review
  2. The ABCs of Death 2012 What's unexpected is how thoroughly The ABCs of Death's ample duds overshadow its treasures, and how uninspired it feels as a whole. full review
  3. The Assault 2012 The Assault is so tense, it seems to pass in a single held breath-so quickly, in fact, that you don't register its narrative flimsiness until later on. full review
  4. Citizen Gangster 2012 Morlando shows commendable focus (even Cox dials it down), and his movie's modest aspirations nicely reflect the condition in which Boyd, his damaged charisma spent, finally thrives. full review
  5. Detachment 2012 The movie's motives might be admirable, but its execution is so bogged down in impenetrable old-white-guy self-pity that the real problems facing public education and its practitioners get buried in the wallow. full review
  6. Perfect Sense 2012 Satisfyingly ambiguous and starkly tactile in its inquiry into where sensation ends and identity begins, David Mackenzie's rampaging-virus movie doesn't dodge genre potholes so much as it stays off that road entirely. full review
  7. Pink Ribbons, Inc. 2012 Above all, Pink Ribbons, Inc. is an argument for reintroducing into the public discourse the uncertainty, fear, and complexity that cancer sufferers and their loved ones know all too well. full review
  8. Sleepless Night 2012 Jardin ... brings a restless intelligence and disciplined glee to Sleepless Night that far surpasses its cinematic influences. full review
  9. Whores' Glory 2012 Whores' Glory demystifies trick turning with a bluntness and sneaky artistry that's sure to make even the most jaded of us choke on our next sitcom-hooker-joke chuckle. full review
  10. Buck 2011 Despite these odds, Brannaman grew into a preternaturally gentle adult who channels hard-earned patience and compassion into his work. full review
  11. Burke and Hare 2011 Landis renders his Burke and Hare sociopolitically toothless and bizarrely insensitive. full review
  12. Armadillo 2010 While much of Armadillo echoes last year's Restrepo, the unprecedented access of director Janus Metz and cameraman Lars Skree reveals the alternating waves of frontline tedium and terror with fresh immediacy. full review
  13. Bill Cunningham New York 2010 No passion for fashion is required to enjoy this absorbing portrait of legendary New York Times "On the Street" photographer Bill Cunningham, but a sense of history and tragedy might help. full review
  14. Black Death 2010 The movie's real coup is in how it repeatedly shifts our allegiance from Christians to pagans, interrogating the unfathomably still-popular notion that barbarism is best countered with more of the same. full review
  15. Without A Paddle 2004 How do you siphon the laffs from a surefire gut-busting premise like city slickers stuck in the sticks? ... you assemble a cut-rate Three Stooges, inject tired '80s nostalgia and some moralistic goo about carpe-ing the diem. full review
  16. Beyond Borders 2003 It all becomes little more than feel-good-about- feeling-bad window dressing, like an issue of Utne Reader in Dolby Surround Sound. full review
  17. Bukowski: Born into This 2002 Charles Bukowski, the bard of post-war L.A.'s working-class underbelly, was no ordinary cult writer, and John Dullaghan's thorough, compelling doc Bukowski: Born Into This does a credible job of showing why. full review
  18. Ram Dass: Fierce Grace 2002 A sober and affecting chronicle of the leveling effect of loss. full review

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