Reviewed in February 2010
Top Ten List: #6 of 2009 (U.S. releases)
Top Ten List: #4 of 2009 (world premieres)
Director: Andrew Bujalski. Cast: Tilly Hatcher, Maggie Hatcher, Alex Karpovsky, Katy O'Connor, Anne Dodge, Kyle Henry, Nathan Zellner, David Zellner, Christy Moore, Janet Pierson, Bob Byington, D.J. Taitelbaum, Atietie Tonwe. Screenplay: Andrew Bujalski.

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I saw Andrew Bujalski's Beeswax more out of a sense of obligation to make my first contact with the Mumblecore movement than out of any vehement certainty that this low-fi, determinedly offhanded aesthetic would quite be my cup of tea. Imagine my surprise that Beeswax emerges as easily one of my favorite films of the year, jovially button-holing the audience into one of the richest, funniest, and easiest-breathing portraits of human behavior that late-decade American cinema has gifted us. A–

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