A serious, sharply mounted drama that gets more engrossing as it moves along.
"Fruitvale" is the hands-down champ at Sundance 2013, and its 26-year-old director, Ryan Coogler, is the toast of the town. It's based on the story of Oscar Grant, a young black man shot in the back by Oakland transportation police on New Year's Day 2009. Starting with actual cell phone footage of the death, it unreels into fiction to retrace the last hours of his life. Go here for a story by Entertainment Weekly.
There are many categories at Sundance. Here are the trailers for the top ones. Click here for the complete list of 2012 winners.
"Fruitvale," winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic, and the category's Audience Award.
"Blood Brother," winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, and the cateory's Audience Award:
"A River Changes Course" from Cambodia, winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary:
"Jiseul" from South Korea, winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic:
The Audience Award, winner of the World Cinema Dramatic: "The Square (Al Midan)," from Egypt, winner of the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary: , U.S.A.
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A review of the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" revival that's now playing on Netflix.