Sarah Polley elevates navel-gazing autobiography to something sublime. With two first-rate features under her belt (Away With Her, Take This Waltz), the actress-turned-director has quickly established herself as one of the most exciting filmmakers of the new decade. Now, with this family documentary, she further proves her keen eye, innovative style, and fearless intelligence. Using friends, family members, and colleagues to provide a collective memory of her parent's relationship, Polley ferrets out some family secrets without letting anyone’s agenda or viewpoint dominate. It's an intimate, enthralling and surprisingly egoless affair that invites you in rather than insist you care. (JEFF MEYERS)
They don't call SIFF America's biggest film festival just for kicks. Besides corralling 273 films (plus multiple shorts packages) from all over the globe, the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival is three and a half weeks long, which means you have almost an entire month to dive into SIFF, get sick of it and ignore it for a while, then dive back in all over again.
As ever, there's a ton of stuff worth seeing, from glorious art films to splashy documentaries to craptastic cult fare. The opening-night gala brings Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, which has... MORE!