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Documentaries

Movie Review: ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution’ Is Insightful, Timely

Huey P. Newton and Eldridge Cleaver are dead, Bobby Seale is 78, Kathleen Cleaver is 70, the events that turned all of them into national figures are decades in the past. So how is it that ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ comes off as the most relevant and contemporary of documentaries?

September 25, 2015

Filmmaker Cautions: Donald Trump Is Nothing To Laugh About

Donald Trump, despite his bombastic, occasionally laughable persona, can be quite dangerous, Baxter said in an interview, and it’s important for people to realize that.

June 22, 2015

‘Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers For Democracy’ — Fighting For Freedom With A Jest And A Pencil

‘Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers For Power,’ a new documentary, shows how the cartoon’s power to mock authority makes it one of the most potent weapons in democracy’s defense.

April 13, 2015

Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘Going Clear’

This week sees the premiere of the HBO documentary ‘Going Clear,’ inspired by Lawrence Wright’s 2013 immensely thorough and disquieting book.

March 29, 2015

TV Review: HBO’s ‘Going Clear’ Details Scientology’s Theater Of The Surreal

Scientology won’t be destroyed when ‘Going Clear’, filmmaker Alex Gibney’s documentary, airs on Sunday. And that’s really too bad.

March 27, 2015

Robert Durst Murder Case Complicated By HBO’s Big Role

Robert Durst caught on microphone muttering to himself, “Killed them all, of course.”

March 16, 2015

Albert Maysles, Director Of ‘Gimme Shelter,’ Dies

Albert Maysles, pioneer of cinéma vérité, has died.

March 6, 2015

In The Midst Of Life: The Oscar-Nominated Short Docs

We review the Oscar-Nominated short docs, many of which explore the proximity of death.

February 20, 2015

‘Kids For Cash’ Hit Close To Home For Documentary’s Maker

By Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — The story at the heart of “Kids For Cash” — judges taking kickbacks from the developer of a private juvenile detention center, then funneling thousands of children there — happened right in Robert May’s backyard. A producer with a New York-based distribution company, SenArt Films, and a track […]

February 19, 2014