Who are the greatest filmmakers working today? We lost a bunch of great ones just over the past year, including Edward Yang, Ingmar Bergman, Michelangelo Antonioni and Ousmane Sembene. And it seems like studios are less and less concerned with developing talent than they are with making instantly disposable garbage like Superhero Movie, Shutter, 21, 10,000 BC, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, College Road Trip, Never Back Down, Fool's Gold, Jumper, etc.

But even in these dismal early months of the year, the current list of movies shows at least half a dozen filmmakers that I'd put on the list of the all time greats. This isn't a complete list, of course. Several of today's very best (David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Abbas Kiarostami, Clint Eastwood, Terry Zwigoff, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Sofia Coppola, etc.) don't have films in current release, so consider this a starter kit.

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