PATRICK- the pug that is the central character of this film is utterly charming and I want to adopt him..
HOLY GHOST FIRE-This film record of Randy Wolford’s final service is deeply disturbing- its literally the final service of a Pentecostal minister who is bitten by a snake and slowly dies on screen while the congregation prays... it will challenge what you think about belief.
SLIP ROAD wonderful short film about a man who goes into the forest to make a deal with a being...and I want to know more- so will you.
GHOST LIGHT- awesome horror comedy about a theater company running into supernatural problems. A great cast has a great time and so do we in the audience.
HAPPY FACE - a story about finding a family in unexpected places is an absolute delight that I have been pushing all year.
DOLLHOUSE: THE ERADICATION OF FEMALE SUBJECTIVITY FROM AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE - it may not be the best film of the year but this film will challenge your notions of gender and misogyny in society.
WHY MUST THE SUN SET? - The best Dave McKean/ Neil Gaiman story they never told
NIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS- I would have sworn that we never needed a crazy Santa film-then I saw this film.
GOLDA- incredible portrait of Golda Meier based on a long hidden interview that will change how you see her.
HEALING FROM HATE- Excellent look at former white supremacists trying to help people change and get out of the movement.
MISEDUCATION OF BINDU- unexpected coming of age film is one of a kind as the filmmakers decided to tell their story and as a result it is a joy for everyone
LEO DAVINCI- a great animated film that came out of nowhere. Its well written and great fun.
MONSTERS- three men break into a house in Morocco to rob it- or not. What is really going on is the film and it rocks the house in unexpected ways.
ASSAULT ON THE PAY TRAIN- Brazilian crime drama from the 1960's follows what happens after the robbery happens. Why isn't this on more people's radar and why isn't it hailed as a classic of world cinema?
FULL DRESS- awesome thriller that is impossible to describe because to do so will require I tell you what its about and I can't because the ride is blast.
SEE YOU YESTERDAY- Spike Lee produced time travel film is one of the best ever in the genre because it truly deals with issues regarding messing with time.
ATLANTICS- One of a kind film concerns lost love and ghosts and it's magical
CROWN VIC- forget the fact that all the events could never take place in one night and you'll love this police drama
IN BRIGHT AXIOM- documentary about a social experiment/game that is a hell of a ride.
IN THE ABSENCE- soul crushing documentary short about the sinking of Korean ferry made up of phone calls, texts and video. It will probably win the Oscar.
FORD VS FERRARI- Best big Hollywood film I saw this year
SHOOTING THE MAFIA- the history of the mafia and the efforts to stop it as seen through the work and life of one photo-journalist
LIFELINE- portrait of artist Clyfford Still will alter how you see art
RAUL TABURIN - small scale gem about a bicycle builder who can't ride a bike. Utterly charming.
SKID ROW MARATHON- wonderful portrait of running club for men and women in shelters that builds their self esteem and helps them change their lives.
THE DOG DOC - glorious portrait of a veterinarian in upstate New York who never gives up on an animal.