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2012 Stories by Michelle Orange

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  • Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

    published December 12, 2012

    One of the most poignant details nested in Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet, Jesse Vile's expertly measured, emotional look at the life of a... More >>

  • Trashed

    published December 12, 2012

    What but a sense of shame about the trash each of us produces could account for the relief of disposing of it and the speed at which its memory... More >>

  • Saving America's Horses: A Nation Betrayed

    published December 5, 2012

    The images of animal suffering and mistreatment presented throughout Saving America's Horses: A Nation Betrayed inspire sadness and... More >>

  • The Loving Story

    published December 5, 2012

    Well-timed and well crafted in equal measures, The Loving Story is a thoughtful, terrifically intimate account of the case that... More >>

  • Parked

    published November 28, 2012

    One of two Irelands generally presides at the movies: There's the sun-fed plush greens and surf-battered cliffs of a period or otherwise rustic... More >>

  • Hitler's Children

    published November 14, 2012

    The title has its own legacy: Hitler's Children was first used for a 1943 RKO propaganda feature, then a biography of West Germany's... More >>

  • Who Bombed Judi Bari?

    published November 14, 2012

    'I'm weak and getting weaker," the late environmental activist Judi Bari says at the beginning of Who Bombed Judi Bari? Cancer, and not... More >>

  • The Law in These Parts

    published November 14, 2012

    Dialectical and precise to the point of exhaustion, The Law in These Parts applies a cold anger to one of the geopolitical world's most... More >>

  • DOC NYC Again Holds a Mirror to its Hometown

    published November 7, 2012

    No sooner than DOC NYC spilled onto the scene in 2010 did the city's largest dedicated documentary festival find a steady set of legs. For its... More >>

  • Here I Learned to Love

    published October 31, 2012

    A slight but powerful entry in the family-history-as-world-history archives, Here I Learned to Love follows two brothers, now in their... More >>

  • Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

    published October 24, 2012

    A decade’s fretting and futzing and the few ecstatic moments rendered along the way are compressed into 77 minutes in Gregory Crewdson:... More >>

  • Hackers Evolve in We Are Legion

    published October 17, 2012

    Future anthropologists might describe the first 10 years of widespread Internet use as a decade defined by the embarrassment of coming to terms... More >>

  • Brooklyn Castle

    published October 17, 2012

    He's only glimpsed briefly in Brooklyn Castle, Katie Dellamaggiore's magnanimous look into the agonies and ecstasies of the country's... More >>

  • Unmasked: Judeophobia

    published October 17, 2012

    If the subhead and sub-subhead of Unmasked: Judeophobia—The Threat to Civilization don't make it clear, director Gloria... More >>

  • A Whisper to a Roar

    published October 10, 2012

    An expertly drawn primer on the soft dictatorships that constrained five different countries and the peaceful revolutions that sought to... More >>

  • Primum Non Nocere

    published September 26, 2012

    In the hours after the 9/11 attacks, New York City hospitals and blood banks filled with willing donors hoping to be of use on a helpless day.... More >>

  • Dear Mandela

    published September 19, 2012

    Dear Mandela, the first documentary from co-directors Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza, begins in chaos: Rubber bullets have been fired into... More >>

  • Blinky & Me

    published September 19, 2012

    By his own account, animator Yoram Gross’s signal creation—a gray-tufted, cheeky koala named Blinky Bill—is the Mickey Mouse of... More >>

  • Switch

    published September 19, 2012

    A methodical, occasionally remedial survey of the energy crisis and its possible solutions, Switch fits a subject often treated polemically... More >>

  • Girl Model

    published September 5, 2012

    Although the title of directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's dual portrait of two players in the underage-modeling world might suggest an... More >>

  • Side by Side

    published August 29, 2012

    It's a credit to Side by Side—an impressively thorough, expertly assembled survey of the debate surrounding the movie industry's... More >>

  • Neighboring Sounds

    published August 22, 2012

    A single, affluent block in the oceanfront city of Recife, Brazil, and its residents are the subject of Neighboring Sounds,... More >>

  • Wild Horse, Wild Ride

    published August 22, 2012

    For George Gregory—one of nine participants in the Fort Worth, Texas, horse-training competition profiled in Wild Horse, Wild... More >>

  • The Matchmaker

    published August 15, 2012

    An old-fashioned Mediterranean coming-of-age story set in the young heart of the Levant, The Matchmaker combines the tender tone of a film... More >>

  • This Time

    published August 8, 2012

    Even artists have their own working class—those hustlers with relatively steady work, ever waiting on that one merciful break—and... More >>

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