7. "Project Nim"
Director: James Marsh
Two of the movie year's great tortured heroes aren't men, they're chimpanzees. Caesar in the praiseworthy blockbuster "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and Nim Chimpsky in James Marsh's superb documentary "Project Nim." The story of Nim—a chimp raised like a human for scientific study—turns out to be as much about human failings, foibles and arrogance as it does about a chimp's need to be a chimp. Marsh stylishly assembles fascinating interviews and archival footage to capture every funny, insightful and heartbreaking turn.
Read the Metromix review of "Project Nim"