• Another Year

Does Alex Gibney sleep? Last year the muckraking documentary maker premiered not one but two important theatrical features—Casino Jack and the United States of Money and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer—as well as a shorter segment for the omnibus documentary Freakonomics. Casino Jack, about the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, was covered in my long review from the December 31 issue, while Client 9 is the subject of my long review this week.

Also in this week’s issue you’ll find Critic’s Choice boxes for three new releases: Another Year, the latest from Britain’s greatest filmmaker, Mike Leigh; The Illusionist, an animated feature by Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) that’s based on a script by the French comic master Jacques Tati; and Marwencol, a fascinating documentary about a brain-damaged man who worked through his trauma by building a 1/6th-scale replica of a Belgian village during World War II. Trailers for all three of these follow the post.