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Kim Nguyen Canada, 2012

Mugino's rating of the film War Witch

This has been a year of extraordinary performances by girls ("Beasts of the Southern Wild", "Just the Wind") among which Rachel Mwanza is a standout. War movies sometimes rely too much on the horrors alone to evoke emotion -- a cheap trick like gore in horror movies -- but Nguyen illuminates a spectrum of human experience, including unexpected humor and tenderness. This is Canadian multiculturalism at its best.