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Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic

  1. Crime After Crime 2011 It reminds us, once again, that little can be quite so riveting as a well-told story from a compelling talking head. full review
  2. The Flowers of War 2011 "The Flowers of War" seems like a pretty good film until you begin to think about it. full review
  3. Pina 2011 For anyone with an interest in dance, "Pina" is a must-see. For anyone not interested in contemporary dance, "Pina" is a should-see. It could change your mind. full review
  4. The Whistleblower 2010 You come away from watching the film with a moral bellyache. full review
  5. Civic Duty 2007 It does build up considerable suspense and tension; Renfroe has learned well from Hitchcock. full review
  6. The Devil Came on Horseback 2007 The Devil Came on Horseback is a documentary about the genocide in that part of Africa, and the film's strength is that it shows us the horror, rather than tells us about it. It's painful to watch. full review
  7. The Rape of Europa 2007 It's long for a documentary, almost two hours, but it has a big story to tell. full review
  8. 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama 2006 The film never rises above the spiritual or intellectual level of a TV news anchor. It is a dispiriting film to watch, if you have any real interest in the subject. full review
  9. Golden Door 2006 The film never really coheres, and although some scenes are amazing, the total is slow, ponderous and sometimes silly. full review
  10. Old Joy 2005 It plays for a scant 73 minutes, but if feels as long as a Wagner opera. full review
  11. Downfall (Der Untergang) 2004 Hirschbiegel and Ganz are not apologizing for Nazism. They are trying to come to terms with the fact that the evils of Nazism were invented and carried out by human beings. full review
  12. Me and You and Everyone We Know 2004 One leaves the theater grateful to have shared the time with these characters on-screen, but hoping we won't meet them in the lobby. full review
  13. Morvern Callar 2002 Morton finds a wealth of nuance in anomie and neurasthenia.
  14. Love the Hard Way 2001 One of those films where great acting and occasionally brilliant dialogue attempt to overcome an unbelievable plot and a cowardly Hollywood ending.