Topics :: documentary

Finding Fela!

By Louise Adams | Friday Aug 1, 2014
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney documents the activist musician, as well as the Broadway musical made about his life, in the rich, two-hour portrait.

Alive Inside

By Kilian Melloy | Friday Jul 18, 2014
Elders suffering dementia, and younger people medically institutionalized thanks to mental illness or degenerative diseases, are at risk of simply being medically warehoused. But they still have the potential for rich inner life -- and music could be key.

Big Joy: The Adventures Of James Broughton

By Michael Cox | Thursday Jul 17, 2014
James Broughton, along with Maya Deren, is one of the premiere names in experimental film, revolutionizing the medium early on. "Big Joy" chronicles the filmmaker's life and his decision to not only "follow his own weird," but accept living as a gay man.

The Unknown Known

By Michael Cox | Wednesday Jul 16, 2014
A strikingly executed installment in Errol Morris' meditations on war and the personalities that shape it. As "Standard Operating Procedure" examines the image as a weapon, this film scrutinizes the power of words in psychological warfare.

The Final Member

By Michael Cox | Wednesday Jul 16, 2014
Tom Mitchell has agreed to donate his penis to the world's only museum exclusively dedicated to the male member in this thought-provoking documentary about the self-worth and the gratification a man receives from his genitalia.

Generation Iron

By Phil Hall | Monday Jul 7, 2014
Die-hard gym rats might enjoy viewing their bulky heroes in this cinematic setting. But for those with little or no interest in the subject, the film will fail to bring converts into the fold.

Life Itself

By Kevin Taft | Friday Jul 4, 2014
A beautifully heartbreaking look at the life and career of beloved film critic Roger Ebert.

Bound By Flesh

By Kevin Taft | Friday Jun 27, 2014
A beautifuly despondant look at Daisy and Violet Hilton -- conjoined twins who became international sensations during the heyday of side-show acts and vaudeville.

Tim’s Vermeer

By Louise Adams | Friday Jun 27, 2014
Tech entrepreneur and inventor Tim Jenison pursues his obsession to find out how Dutch master Johannes Vermeer was able to create such photo-realism and lush light in his limited output.

Whitey: United States Of America V. James J. Bulger

By Charlie Nash | Friday Jun 27, 2014
"Whitey: The United States vs. James J. Bulger" is a persuasive and riveting documentary on one of the most notorious gangsters in contemporary history.