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Entries tagged with “Film Reviews”

Film Review: A Tale of Love and Darkness

A Tale of Love and DarknessNatalie PortmanFocus FeaturesAdapted from Israeli writer Amos Oz’s hefty 2002 memoir, this intimate historical drama is set in the years immediately foll…

Film Review: Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America

Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & AmericaMatt OrnsteinSound & Vision“How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?” That’s the hypothetical question that renowned…

Film Review: After Spring

After SpringDirected by Ellen Martinez and Steph ChingBusBoy ProductionsDocumenting the day-to-day lives of the families and administrators at Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, d…

Film Review: Aloft

AloftDirected by Claudia LlosaSONY PICTURE CLASSICSPeruvian director Claudia Llosa’s moody, ethereal drama is a curious, sad little tale. It follows two timelines: In one, a s…

Film Review: Because I Was a Painter

Because I Was a PainterDirected by Christophe CognetUNIFRANCE FILMSChristophe Cognet’s quiet, almost experimental documentary asks that eternal question, “Can an artistic depiction…

Film Review: Bending the Arc

Bending the ArcKief Davidson and Pedro KosImpact Partners FilmThis is a great, great story. About 30 years ago, a team of dedicated individuals—two young doctors named Paul Farmer …

Film Review: Bugs

BugsDirected by Andreas JohnsenRosforth FilmsOpening with a culinary feast involving bowls of soldier fly larvae, locust tabbouleh, and dung beetle stew, Andreas Johnsen’s fascinat…

Film Review: Catching the Sun

Catching the SunThe Race for the Clean Energy FutureShalini Kantayya7th Empire MediaFor years, when we talked about solar power, it was either as some kind of hippy-dippy, bac…

Film Review: Chasing Coral

Jeff Orlowski’s suspenseful and heartbreaking documentary focuses on the phenomenon of “coral bleaching”—the process by which dying corals turn white and fall apart—and…

Film Review: HappyFilm

HappyFilmDirected by Ben Nabors, Stefan Sagmeister, Hillman CurtisSoSo ProductionsInternationally renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister’s introspective documentary focuses on…

Film Review: I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your NegroRaoul PeckVelvet FilmAt the time of his death in 1987, the great novelist and essayist James Baldwin left an unfinished 30-page manuscript called Remember This H…

Film Review: In Pursuit of Silence

What exactly is silence? Patrick Shen’s hypnotic documentary, shot around the world, seeks to explore both the scientific and psychological concepts of silence, and posits the idea…

Film Review: Landfill Harmonic

Landfill HarmonicGraham Townsley and Brad AllgoodMeetai FilmsThe Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a group of young Paraguayan musicians who play instruments created out of items foun…

Film Review: Love Is a Verb

Love Is a VerbTerry Spencer Hesser and Stephan MazurekDark Sky FilmsThe Muslim thinker and academic Fetullah Gulen has been a controversial figure in his homeland of Turkey for&nbs…

Film Review: Marie Curie

The Courage of Knowledge

Film Review: Natural Resistance

Natural ResistanceDirected by Jonathan NossiterGOATWORKS FILMSMore than a decade ago, director Jonathan Nossiter released Mondovino, an ambitious, fascinating documentary look at t…

Film Review: Nise: The Heart of Madness

Nise da Silveira was a Brazilian psychiatrist who revolutionized the way mental patients were treated in the 1940s and ’50s. This elegantly made biopic shows her struggles against …

Film Review: Planetary

PlanetaryDirected by Guy ReidPLANETARY COLLECTIVEDirector Guy Reid’s documentary fuses the highly aestheticized style of such classics like Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka—with their word…

Film Review: Sacred

Director Thomas Lennon’s film examines the role of faith by following various rituals from different religions and countries. Shot by more than forty crews from all over the world,…

Film Review: Serenade for Haiti

Serenade for HaitiOwsley BrownOwsley Brown PresentsOver the years, Sainte Trinité Music School in Port au Prince, Haiti, has served as both a critical institution of learning and a…

Film Review: The Armor of Light

The Armor of LightAbigail DisneyFork FilmsAbigail Disney’s emotionally overwhelming documentary portrays one of the more surprising political and religious alliances of recent year…

Film Review: The Human Face of Big Data

The Human Face of Big DataSandy SmolanRoco FilmsSandy Smolan’s documentary plays at times like an infomercial for Big Data—the technological phenomenon by which the millions of bit…

Film Review: The Man Who Saved the World

The Man Who Saved the WorldPeter AnthonyStatement FilmIt might be hard to believe, but Stanislav Petrov lives up to the hyperbolic title of the documentary about him. Petrov was a …

Film Review: The Pearl Button

The Pearl ButtonPatricio GuzmanKino LorberThe Chilean director Patricio Guzman has spent his career chronicling the murders, tortures, and other injustices committed in his country…

Film Review: The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West

The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey WestBarry StrugatzFirst Run FeaturesIn 1964, a 63-year-old Chinese academic and doctor named Cheng Man-Ching moved to New York and began to teach t…

Film Review: The Resilient Heart

Dr. Valentin Fuster has dedicated his life to promoting cardiovascular health, and he’s convinced that the way to do it is to get to people on a philosophical and moral level. Susa…

Film Review: This Changes Everything

This Changes EverythingAvi LewisAbramoramaThere have been hundreds of environmental documentaries over the years, but This Changes Everything kicks off with an interesting philosop…

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