Documentaries

Not reviews, but rather dissections of non-fiction filmmaking that’s both new and old, including films from directors like Errol Morris, Ken Burns, Werner Herzog, Alex Gibney, D.A. Pennebaker, and Steve James.

American Dream Review

American Dream Review

The Cinessential writes a related review each week for the film it’s highlighting. For Harlan County…

Listen to Me Marlon Review

Listen to Me Marlon Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) Listen to Me Marlon is a one-of-a-kind documentary. There have been plenty of…

Ballet 422 Review

Ballet 422 Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) There’s a sequence two-thirds into Ballet 422, Jody Lee Lipes’ hands-off documentary chronicling…

The Wolfpack Review

The Wolfpack Review

RATING: (2 STARS) There’s a beautiful story somewhere in the mess that is The Wolfpack. There’s…

Amy Review

Amy Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) I remember where I was when I found out Amy Winehouse died. At…

Let’s Talk About 2014’s Awesome Documentaries

Let’s Talk About 2014’s Awesome Documentaries

“This has been a banner year for documentary filmmaking.” Fans of the genre—myself included—have been saying…

The Battered Bastards of Baseball Review

The Battered Bastards of Baseball Review

RATING: (3 STARS) It’s a shame “For the Love of the Game” is already spoken for…

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Review

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) There are a lot of obvious and superficial similarities between Elaine Stritch: Shoot…

Life Itself Review

Life Itself Review

RATING: (4 STARS) “A film like Hoop Dreams is what the movies are for. It takes…

10 Criterion Documentaries You Should Buy This Month

10 Criterion Documentaries You Should Buy This Month

My latest post for Sound on Sight (and first in a while) went up over the…

The Case Against 8 Review

The Case Against 8 Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) Documentaries of well-covered (or heavily covered, depending on your view on the state…

Tribeca 2014: ‘When the Garden Was Eden’

Tribeca 2014: ‘When the Garden Was Eden’

Over at Sound on Sight, I’ve written a review of the latest 30 for 30 documentary,…

Tribeca 2014: ‘Next Goal Wins’

Tribeca 2014: ‘Next Goal Wins’

My 2014 Tribeca Film Festival continues over at Sound on Sight with my review of the…

Tribeca 2014: ‘All About Ann’

Tribeca 2014: ‘All About Ann’

Over at Sound on Sight, my coverage of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival began yesterday with…

5 Essential 30 for 30 Documentaries

5 Essential 30 for 30 Documentaries

Over at Sound on Sight, I wrote a piece on the best of ESPN’s incredible 30…

Night and Fog Review

Night and Fog Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Alain Resnais originally didn’t want to make Night and Fog, and following its…

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