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Counting down to our Year in Review issue, we present our picks in a variety of genres, wrapping up on December 27 with the year's worst movies.
This time tomorrow: the year's best comedy.Fake It So Real Robert Greene’s often hilarious documentary about amateur wrestlers in suburban North Carolina reminded me of golden-era Jonathan Demme in its laid-back vibe and affection for all-American eccentrics. Few people went to see it during its weeklong run at Facets in April, probably because the summary led viewers to believe it was just about wrestling. That was their loss, as Fake It is above all a crowd-pleaser. A portrait of goofy regional cultural thriving in spite of economic recession, the movie would have made a great double bill with Magic Mike, one of the biggest hits of the summer. —Ben Sachs Searching for Sugar Man I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for this nonstop, and the story it accompanies onscreen is fascinating. Mexican-American folk rocker Sixto Rodriguez released two superlative LPs in the early 70s before his career fizzled out; two decades later he became a cult hero in South Africa and made a triumphant return to the stage. Filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul constructs this as a mystery story, revealing that in the intervening years Rodriguez returned to his native Detroit, earned a philosophy degree, ran for city council, and ultimately turned to demolition work. His comeback reminds you that art can simmer for years before a new audience brings it to a boil. —J.R. Jones