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Elvis Mitchell on the Top Films of 2006

This week, Maria Hinojosa talks to Elvis Mitchell about the year in film. Mitchell reveals his top picks to see over the holidays, the role of politics in film, the legacy of Robert Altman, and what to look forward to in 2007.

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A Few of Elvis's 2006 Favorites

» Babel

» Blood Diamond

» Half Nelson

» Pan's Labyrinth

Elvis on Film Festivals

In his conversation with Hinojosa, Mitchell encourages our audience to visit their local film festivals. "You can go see a movie and not know from the trailer how it's going to end, and not know who's in it ... Go and avail yourself. It's what movies are supposed to be," he said.

We've listed some of Mitchell's recommended American film festivals below. You can also find local film festivals in your state on

» State-by-state listing of film festivals

» Chicago Film Festival

» Cleveland International Film Festival - Cleveland, Ohio

» New York Film Festival

» San Francisco International Film Festival

» Seattle International Film Festival

» Sundance Film Festival

» Tribeca Film Festival

About Elvis Mitchell

Elvis Mitchell. Photo by Marc Goldstein for
Elvis Mitchell. Photo by Marc Goldstein for
Film critic Elvis Mitchell hosts public radio's show "The Treatment" and is the entertainment critic of NPR's "Weekend Edition." He was previously a film critic for The New York Times, as well as the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and The Detroit Free Press.

Mitchell has also been the host of "Independent Focus," a program on the Independent Film Channel, and has appeared regularly on a number of other TV and radio programs. A graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Mitchell has also written on film for Rolling Stone, GQ and Interview magazines.

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