(3 Stars) An intriguing, but small film. Not a major effort.
(3.5 Stars) A somewhat troubling film about the unjust impact of long sentences on Black families.
(4 Stars) An important story about government and corporate corruption and the role of the press in exposing it.
(4.5 Stars) A startling and innovative approach to learning about animals. May make you cry!
(4 Stars) A remarkable film documenting how a summer camp experience turned into a national political movement. A movie of commitment and hope.
(4 Stars) Well told story of the culture clash when a Chinese business tries to run an American factory.
(4.5 Stars) A personal and insightful look into the fragile democracy of Brazil with lessons for the US.
(5 Stars) A powerful and personal journal of five years in Aleppo. Best Syrian-war documentary yet.
(3 Stars) Well done, but perhaps not necessary.
(4 Stars) A powerful message packaged in a little film.
(3.5 Stars) Winner of the Documentary Oscar, it tells a riveting tale of Hannock’s climb of El Capitan. It is an awesome story, but I’m not sure how much movie skill was involved here.
(2.5 Stars) A morally disturbing film about how terrorism is passed down generations, but it doesn’t help explain how it started.
(3.5 Stars) Documentary of young skateboarders growing up in a decaying industrial town. Much admired by both audiences and critics.
(4 Stars) My favorite of this year’s documentaries, this is a decade-long study of rural black culture in Mississippi told in a very different movie style similar to Cubism.
(2 Stars) Interesting, and fairly standard documentary, but a bit overly sympathetic to the subject. Everyone has a few flaws.