The Best So Far, Film in 2012

I see quite a few films every year, and while many are OK, just a few stand out, and a few are real stinkers. I won’t call out the worst ones here, or for that matter the average films, but I want to point out some of my favorites so if you happen to come upon them at the multiplex, or at the video store, you can watch with confidence that it will be worth your time.


West of Memphis

Queen of Versailles


Jiro Dreams of Sushi


Marina Ambramovic: The Artist is Present



Paul Williams Still Alive




Moonrise Kingdom





Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Sundance Film Festival 2012

With 21 films under my belt from their year’s Sundance Film Festival I am happy to report that there are some excellent films heading our way in the near future. Below is a list of the good, the OK and the bad…you’ve been warned!

The good stuff:

• Goats (Filmed in Tucson, a Tucson story!)

• West of Memphis – Documentary

• Queen of Versailles – Documentary

• The Pact – Horror flick

• The Raid – Action flick

• Wrong (My favorite narrative film)

• Save the Date

• Bachelorette (Really great comedy, like Bridesmaids)


So-So films I saw:

• Wish You Were Here

• Madrid, 1987

• Nobody Walks

• Black Rock

• Detropia – Documentary


AVOID these films:

• I am Not A Hipster

• Lay The Favorite

• Simon Killer

• The End of Love

• Red Lights

• The Perception of Moving Targets (So Bad…)


Other Films I heard good buzz about:

• Beasts of the Southern Wild

• Liberal Arts

• For A good time Call

• Arbitrage

• Robot and Frank

• Celeste and Jesse Forever

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Spring Film Release Dates

Check out the “Film Release” page for the latest updates on winter and Spring film releases in Tucson. Release dates for films from February through April are now on line!

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Picks!

• “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps” Arizona Theatre Company New comedic play that’s part Hitchcock and part Monty Python www.ArizonaTheatre.Org January 14 – Feb. 4

• “Maurice Sevigny & Chuck Albanese” Mensch, Clark & Rothschild New art exhibit by two former UA Deans 520-624-8886 to schedule a tour Now through March

• “International Jewish Film Festival” Jewish Community Center Dozens of films from around the world on a variety of topics JCC auditorium & other locations www.TucsonJCC.Org January 12-21

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This Weekend’s Arts & Culture Picks

• “Drivescapes” Jeff Smith @ Temple Gallery

New photo exhibit By Tucson Photographer

January 6 – Feb. 21


• “Shipwrecked: An Entertainment” Rogue Theatre

New production of a play that blurs the line between fact & fiction

Rogue Theatre

January 5-22

 • “MasterWorks Concert: Variations on Tchaikovsky” TSO

Guest cellist Mark Votapek performs with TSO

Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium

January 7 & 8 

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My Top 15 films of 2011

Here in no particular order are my favorite films in 2011. See the previous post for my top documentary picks….Out of 175-200 films it’s hard to keep to just 15…..

Tree of Life

The Descendants

The Artist

Albert Nobbs

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Sound of My Voice


Margin Call

Take Shelter

Brighton Rock



We Need To Talk About Kevin

Ides of March

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close



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Best Documentary films of 2011

I saw more documentary films in 2011 than ever before and here is a list of some of my favorites this year:

Inside Job




Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Project NIM


Page One

Bill Cunningham New York


Anatomy Of Vince Guaraldi

Being Elmo

Look for them on Netflix, well worth your time…


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