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.

Into the Abyss

Into the Abyss

Into the Abyss, the second and better of two 2011 documentaries (after Cave of Forgotten Dreams)…

The War Room

The War Room

Presented in a shockingly hands-off fashion, The War Room is the most insightful look at politics…

Semper Fi: Always Faithful

Semper Fi: Always Faithful

Told through the eyes of a still-grieving father, Semper Fi: Always Faithful is more than just…

Hell and Back Again

Hell and Back Again

Though structurally interesting, Danfung Dennis’ Oscar-nominated documentary Hell and Back Again suffers from a number of…

Project Nim

Project Nim

On the surface, James Marsh’s Project Nim, is about a group of people’s quest to teach…

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

If nothing else, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 proves there is such a thing as truth…

The Interrupters

The Interrupters

If you haven’t yet heard of The Interrupters, you haven’t been paying close enough attention to…

How to Die in Oregon

How to Die in Oregon

How to Die in Oregon is a painful movie to watch. It opens with a celebration…

Battle for Brooklyn

Battle for Brooklyn

The first two things you’re immediately struck by in Battle for Brooklyn are the senses of…

The People vs. George Lucas

The People vs. George Lucas

The People vs. George Lucas attempts to give a voice to the silenced Star Wars fans…

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

In Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Werner Herzog—a master documentarian by all accounts—chronicles the discovery and study…

Buck

Buck

It’s easy to see why a lot of people love Buck, but I found it a…

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

It’s hard not to be fascinated by If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth…

Under Fire: Journalists in Combat

Under Fire: Journalists in Combat

Films as hard-hitting as Under Fire: Journalists in Combat don’t come along very often. Here’s a…

Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham New York

Few 2011 films—or documentaries in general—are quite as charming as Bill Cunningham New York. Most non-fiction…

Tabloid

Tabloid

Though not quite on par with last year’s Exit Through the Gift Shop, Errol Morris’ Tabloid…

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