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Sundance Roundup: From Best to Mediocre

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik January 29, 2007 at 2:09AM

Sundance Roundup: From Best to Mediocre
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During five full days at Sundance (plus opening night), I saw a total of 18 movies. That's an average of about three and half movies per day -- not an obscene amount, but enough to feel I'd accomplished something without doing injustice to the movies themselves. I filed 10 reviews for indieWIRE (see links below) and five reports for the Wall Street Journal Online (I've never been so busy). Below is a list of my top movies, ranked most to least interesting. I can happily say I only saw one movie I'd call "bad"; I didn't walk out of anything (though I intentionally steered clear of films that I thought I wouldn't like, i.e. "Hounddog").

Best
"Zoo"

Strong
"Starting out in the Evening"
"Manda Bhala"
"The Savages"
"Ghosts of Abu Ghraib"
"The Pool"

Solid
"Joshua"
"Weapons"
"Rocket Science"
"Son of Rambow"
"Banished"
"Protagonist"
"Chicago 10"

Fair
"Year of the Dog"
"On the Road with Judas"
"Never Forever"
"Grace is Gone" -- if you're curious, here is follow-up blog about my review here.

Weak
"The Night Buffalo"

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