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What we saw at Sundance, part 3: Crossed borders and different lives

Themes of mortality, nature, change, and solidarity lit up the screens at the annual Park City fest.

What we saw at Sundance, Part 2: A side-trip to Slamdance

Pet moms, super-typhoons, Indian tacos, dying malls and more at Park City's feisty alternative fest.

What we saw at Sundance, part 1: Wild rides and deep looks

Our annual trip to the fest turned up dreamy features, experimental masterworks, and a strikingly intelligent horror doc.

Ficks’ Picks: The best flicks of 2019

From Inuk to Tasmania, blockbuster to experimental, this year's list ranges widely and highlights breathtaking films.

Ficks’ Picks: The best of the Toronto International Film Fest!

Screen gems from Portugal to India, directors from Noah Baumbach to Deborah Stratman—and one wily Joker.

Watching at CROSSROADS 2019: Avant-garde film festival returns

Our guide to Cinematheque's annual extravaganza of experimental films—this time around deeply personal and even nostalgic.

What we saw at Sundance (and Slamdance), part 4: Narrative features

The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Cat Sticks, Honey Boy, The Farewell... plus our top 10 of the whole shebang

What we saw at Sundance, Part 3: MiDNiTE MOViES and Beyond!

From 'The Wolf Hour' to 'The Death of Dick Long' (and a great shorts program), our critic takes in some future cult favorites.

What we saw at Sundance, part 2: Documentaries

A Macedonian beekeeper, a Taliban refugee, feisty Satanists, the life of N. Scott Momaday, a 1969 Memphis bluesfest...

What we saw at Sundance, Part 1

From Wayuu crime lords to a colonial Australian thriller: Our critic caught 30 features and 20 shorts in one week.