Santa Fe Reporter - Yay <![CDATA[All the Lights on - Tracing The Boston Globe’s pursuit of church abuse]]>
By: Lucas Iberico Lozada
The often-tedious work of investigative journalism is transformed into a gripping drama in the nimbly plotted Spotlight.
<![CDATA[Out of Obscurity - 'Tab Hunter Confidential' documents star's life as gay man in 1950s Hollywood]]>
By: Alex De Vore
Tab Hunter is one of those movie star names we all kind of vaguely know, but he has mostly faded into the land of Tinsel Town obscurity.]]>
<![CDATA[The Return - Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s first film in nearly a decade is an abstract martial-arts epic]]>
By: Adam Katzman
After an eight-year hiatus, director Hou Hsiao-Hsien is back with a martial-arts movie, though it is one as reverent to genre trappings as Andrei Tarkovsky was to science fiction.]]>
<![CDATA[Taking Patriarchy to the Cleaners - Streep and Mulligan put on their big-girl bloomers for 'Suffragette']]>
By: Amy Wolfe
Working tirelessly in a laundry since the age of 7, Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) finally puts her iron down and takes up political activism in Suffragette.]]>
<![CDATA[Shoot First, Ask Questions Later - 'Peace Officer' takes a hard look at police violence]]>
By: David Riedel
Anyone with a penchant for mistrusting police will find plenty to like in Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber’s Peace Officer.]]>
<![CDATA[A Good Leg to Stand On - Finders Keepers tells a bizarre story in a simple, straightforward manner]]>
By: David Riedel
Finders Keepers tells a story so outrageous that it would be impossible to make up.]]>
<![CDATA[Upstairs/Downstairs - A beautiful performance makes up for an also-ran story in The Second Mother]]>
By: David Riedel
The Second Mother’s upstairs-downstairs tale won’t win points for originality. ]]>
<![CDATA[Looking for the Light - In 'Blind', a woman copes with losing her sight and a skewed perception of herself]]>
By: David Riedel
Blind isn’t without its problems, but it’s a compelling, unique view of a singular experience and the pain that comes along with it.]]>
<![CDATA[This Grandma Isn't Going to Bake Cookies for You - Lily Tomlin is great in 'Grandma']]>
By: David Riedel
Grandma jumps along to become one of the surprises of the year.]]>
<![CDATA[One Hit-and-Run, a Bunch of Dirty Cops and a Funeral - 'A Hard Day' has a fresh take on some cinematic tropes ]]>
By: David Riedel
A Hard Day delivers the shocks and thrills, with a couple moments that are so jarring you may actually jump out of your seat.]]>
<![CDATA[Eek! - That’s the best one-word description of 'The Tribe']]>
By: David Riedel
The Tribe is well crafted and smartly filmed and has heavy doses of nihilism and fatalism, all things that are right up this critic’s alley.]]>
<![CDATA[From the Ashes a Betrayal - Director Christian Petzold shows his influences but makes 'Phoenix' his own ]]>
By: David Riedel
Phoenix is beautifully acted, and asks that the audience think for itself instead of leading it around.]]>
<![CDATA[Baa Baa Smart Sheep! - 'Shaun the Sheep' is delightful]]>
By: David Riedel
If only every children's movie were Shaun the Sheep. Expect it on lots of “Best of” lists this year.]]>
<![CDATA[Manically Depressed - 'Infinitely Polar Bear' understands mental illness and, better yet, isn’t afraid of it]]>
By: David Riedel
Maya Forbes, who wrote and directed Infinitely Polar Bear, made a great film rooted in her personal experiences.]]>
<![CDATA[A Film Critic Tried to Come up with a Snappy Headline… - Just go see 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence']]>
By: David Riedel
Whatever dumb adjectives I come up with to describe it, writer-director Roy Andersson has made a masterpiece.]]>
<![CDATA[A Bike Lane Runs Through It - Dutch doc 'The New Rijksmuseum' reveals how art institutions do and don’t work ]]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
Though it actually observes people falling asleep in meetings, the film itself is not boring.]]>
<![CDATA[Well, They Seem Nice - Let’s all make new friends with 'The Overnight']]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
The establishment of intimacy, with all its confusions, frustrations and consolations, is just what interests writer-director Patrick Brice, who juices this minimal scenario with maximum efficiency.]]>
<![CDATA[Emotion Graphics - With 'Inside Out', Pixar once again gets into your heart and head]]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
A nimble ensemble piece, Inside Out exemplifies the platitudes of teamwork that seem baked in to the famously by-committee studio that produced it.]]>
<![CDATA[Wastrels of the Upper West Side - Arielle Holmes gets discovered in 'Heaven Knows What']]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
Heaven Knows What is a quasi-documentary of homeless young addicts adrift in the area that once was known as Needle Park.]]>
<![CDATA[Mother of Gwyneth Paltrow Appears Confusingly Sensible - Blythe Danner’s lack of lead roles until 'I’ll See You in My Dreams' seems like excessive karmic retribution for bringing kook into world ]]>
By: Jonathan Kiefer
Here’s a refreshingly uncommon movie protagonist: a retiree and widow, wistfully reclusive even in the company of three bridge buddies and one fledged daughter.]]>