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.

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…

Kids for Cash Review

Kids for Cash Review

RATING: (3 STARS) For the uninitiated, the “Kids for Cash” judicial scandal took place over a…

Mitt Review

Mitt Review

RATING: (3 STARS) Though it’s chronicling years of recent Republican political history, Mitt is a mostly…

Muscle Shoals Review

Muscle Shoals Review

RATING: (4 STARS) “It’s like the songs come out of the mud.” That’s Bono, trying to…

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

In my latest Essential Docs piece for Sound on Sight, I took a look at the…

After Tiller Review

After Tiller Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) There are few topics—hell, there are few words—out there that engender as much…

Man with a Movie Camera

Man with a Movie Camera

I’ve begun writing a column for Sound on Sight called “Essential Docs.” It’s exactly what you…

Running From Crazy Review

Running From Crazy Review

RATING: (3 STARS) Early on in Barbara Kopple‘s latest documentary, Running From Crazy, actress Mariel Hemingway…

Blackfish Review

Blackfish Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) Blackfish does everything a good documentary should. It’s enlightening and thorough. It engages…

Dirty Wars Review

Dirty Wars Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Dirty Wars is a devastating experience. It’s a film that chews up your…

Call Me Kuchu Review

Call Me Kuchu Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) There’s courage, and then there’s what the men and women at the center…

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks Review

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks Review

Like most of prolific director Alex Gibney‘s documentaries, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is…

Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie Review

Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie Review

“Is this a passing fancy or is this in front of the wave?” Former Today Show…

State 194 Review

State 194 Review

An almost impossibly hopeful film, Dan Setton’s State 194 dissects the current state of the Israel-Palestine…

Oxyana Review

Oxyana Review

Drug addiction, particularly to prescription pain medication like OxyContin, has become so commonplace in Oceana, West…

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