When independent films feature a small town and a huge corporation at their core, they are usually depicted as foes like David and Goliath – the good and the average against the lumbering giant.
"Local Hero" from 1983 comes to mind, as does "Promised Land," the recent movie about fracking in the Midwest. "The Grand Seduction," however, reverses that formula, proving that the battle lines aren’t always drawn that cleanly.
The wait is over. You can breathe easy once again. Up to Date's art, independent, foreign and documentary film critics have broken down the year's best flicks and given us their ten favorites from 2011, in no particular order.
All that holiday spending might have you feeling a little dirty in these few weeks between Black Friday and Super Saturday, traditionally the second-biggest shopping day of the year. To help cleanse your soul, and to add a bit more culture to your life than you might get cruising the aisles of Wal-Mart, we've invited our film critics into the studio to catch you up on the latest independent, foreign and documentary films in area theaters.