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Michelle Orange, Village Voice

  1. Generation War 2014 Viewers require more from the plight of these characters ... than the film is equipped to give. full review
  2. The Source Family 2013 With some focus and critical perspective, The Source Family might have documented more than a spectacle of its time. full review
  3. The Square 2013 The Square moves quickly, its reams of raw footage complemented by fleet and skillful editing. full review
  4. Art Is...The Permanent Revolution 2012 [A] lightly argued but forcefully illustrated look at the historical and philosophical interplay between the artisanal process and political art. full review
  5. Girl Model 2012 The radiant sadness of its two subjects-one a soulfully impassive stripling, one a symmetrical husk-forms the center of Girl Model, and that is enough. full review
  6. Hitler's Children 2012 Hitler's Children is a powerful and well-judged presentation of the stories and their impossibilities. full review
  7. Last Call at the Oasis 2012 A many-lensed look at the coming water-supply crisis. full review
  8. The Loving Story 2012 A thoughtful, terrifically intimate account of the case that dismantled this country's anti-miscegenation laws 100 years after the abolition of slavery. full review
  9. October Baby 2012 A slick piece of pro-life propaganda, it has relatively luxe production values, painfully earnest performances, and a drippy "inspirational" score. full review
  10. Side by Side 2012 Even disinterested viewers will have complicated feelings about the aesthetic, practical, and philosophical questions director Chris Kenneally poses about his subject. full review
  11. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 Rap confirms the art of the form from the inside. Only time can sort out the rest. full review
  12. A Whisper To A Roar 2012 An expertly drawn primer on the soft dictatorships that constrained five different countries and the peaceful revolutions that sought to expunge them ... full review
  13. Cat Run 2011 Director John Stockwell uses split screens, a blaxploitation soundtrack, and hammy, Get Smart sound effects to put some old-school spring in Cat Run's step. It makes for an odd combination with the film's ecstatic, viscera-laden violence. full review
  14. Forks Over Knives 2011 Beyond the film's awkward reliance on stock footage and explanations of basic biology is an interesting overview of the work of two men, scientist Colin Campbell and surgeon Caldwell Esselstyn. full review
  15. Going Down In La-la Land 2011 A lo-fi feature blend of True West Hollywood Story and a gay fairy tale. full review
  16. Hell and Back Again 2011 Working alone with a camera and his ingenuity, Dennis captured the surreality of firefights with an invisible enemy and the frustration of displaced civilians. full review
  17. Revenge of the Electric Car 2011 In lieu of a business case for ethics, it tells the story of that rare moment when the bottom line finally dovetails with the greater good. full review
  18. Sympathy for Delicious 2011 An urban parable in the underlit indie tradition, Sympathy for Delicious treats sketchy, moribund storytelling as divine inspiration. full review
  19. That's What I Am 2011 The writing hits the weeds on occasion, but Pavone evokes with feeling adolescence as a series of outlandish physical punishments and sweetly remembered firsts. full review
  20. A Bag of Hammers 2010 A few striking performances-Ritter, Preston, and Canterbury are especially great-smooth out what might have been a much bumpier ride. full review
  21. Henry's Crime 2010 Henry's Crime has a little too much in common with its aimless namesake. full review
  22. Knucklehead 2010 A schmaltzy family comedy that won't pass the smell test for kids, parents, or even stoner second cousins. full review
  23. Today's Special 2010 Cheerful in outline and yet prone to maudlin bulges in its middle. full review
  24. Mr. Untouchable 2007 A fascinating first-person account of drug kingpin and ruthless gangster Nicky Barnes, whose outrageous story of rise, rule, rage, and revenge requires no such stylistic filler. full review
  25. Crossing the Line 2006 The reflective sequences veer between stylishly effective and drearily overstated. full review
  26. Into Great Silence 2005 Into Great Silence moves into the realm of humble observation. Groning traces the passing of the seasons with beauty shots of God's creations, from snow drifts and rain puddles to flower petals and kitten whiskers. full review

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