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Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Documentaries, Program B
A man carves majestic caves in sandstone rocks, and a prison hospice sees a lifer to the end.
"...Two short documentaries, each of which runs about 40 minutes, are included..."

Feb. 7, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Documentaries and the Cult of Personality
How documentarians pick a winner
"...us to want to enter. Having seen so many documentaries recently I began to believe that personality is the..."

March 12, 2008 Screens Post by Josh Rosenblatt

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program A
Breaion King arrest doc heads up the Oscar short list

Feb. 9, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program B
Horror and hope in America's underdog communities

Feb. 9, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program A
Let the voting begin

Feb. 10, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program B
Be the most knowledgeable voter at your Oscar party

Feb. 10, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Programs A & B

Feb. 10, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program A
Let the voting begin

Feb. 5, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program B
Be the most knowledgeable voter at your Oscar party

Feb. 5, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Programs A & B

Feb. 5, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Documentaries, Program A
Three remarkable stories of people's reaction to oppression.

Feb. 7, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

50 Documentaries to See Before You Die
Morgan Spurlock leads the way

May 24, 2011 Screens Post by Belinda Acosta

The Real World: Documentaries

Feb. 25, 2000 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Manufactured Landscapes
With the eye of an artist, photographer Edward Burtynsky views the effects of China's industrial incursions into its natural landscape.
"...the sensation you’re in uncharted waters. After all, few documentaries seek the sublime and meditative in something as dreary..."

Sept. 7, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Story of the Weeping Camel
A story about a Mongolian camel and her newborn calf becomes a transfixing lesson about the rhythms of life.
"...in much the same way as Robert Flaherty’s classic documentaries, Nanook of the North and Man of Aran, in..."

July 16, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
"...Directed by: Jerry Aronson. After numerous documentaries tracing the lively literary exploits of Beat icons William..."

Feb. 25, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The House I Live In
Eugene Jarecki examines America's war on drugs and the collateral and self-inflicted damage it has caused within one African-American family.
"...by President Nixon. We’ve seen 40 years, too, of documentaries both for and against said war, but I can..."

Oct. 26, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Academy Award-Nominated Documentary Shorts 2005
A rare opportunity to see what's considered the best in the field of short docs; plus all four nominees have a socio-political bent.
"...that continues to heal. Like the first two short documentaries, “The Mushroom Club” (D: Steven Okazaki) could also use..."

April 7, 2006 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Shanghai Ghetto
"...Amir Mann. Shanghai Ghetto is one of those feature documentaries that’s intrinsically interesting because of its subject matter but..."

May 30, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Queer Culture From the 1970s to 70
Three documentaries highlight a generation of gay icons
"...he was close with. The documentary, like Schwarz's other documentaries, is satisfyingly slick and peppered with minirevelations. The emotional..."

March 8, 2013 Screens Feature by Andy Campbell

Ben Is Back
The opioid crisis invades a family Christmas in this timely drama
"...is due without being heavy-handed (save that for the documentaries), while casting the addict in a kind yet realistic..."

Dec. 21, 2018 Movie Review by Danielle White

Monrovia, Indiana
Frederick Wiseman's passive observation gets mired in rural life
"...Paradoxically, the impersonality of Frederick Wiseman’s documentaries is what makes watching them such an intensely personal..."

Nov. 16, 2018 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

A Private War
Rosamund Pike captures war journalist Marie Colvin
"...Take the director of fearless documentaries like Cartel Land and City of Ghosts (Heineman) and..."

Nov. 9, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
The genius of the original bad boy of tennis, deconstructed
"...This year has seen a number of popular documentaries concerning the lives of notable figures: Fred Rogers, Whitney..."

Sept. 7, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo
Doc on the men behind the astronauts
"...Day Today. He went on to work on many documentaries, much of them science-related, so it’s no shock that..."

April 14, 2017 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Dont Look Back Turns 50
AFS screens D.A. Pennebaker’s early Bob Dylan doc at the Paramount
"...of England, is a template for all the music documentaries that would come afterward. Released in 1967, the film..."

Jan. 17, 2017 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tower
Austin-made doc re-creates the UT Tower massacre with stunningly powerful immediacy
"...Director Keith Maitland’s film is one of the finest documentaries ever made, and it’s also one of the most..."

Oct. 21, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Barista
Baristas compete for fame and glory, and the camera catches it all
"...Barista is the latest in a trending mini-industry of documentaries about rarefied food and drink cultures. (See also: Hey..."

Nov. 6, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

21 Years: Richard Linklater
A subject as worthy of a documentary as this one is deserves a more thoughtful approach than this star-studded tribute.
"...It’s perhaps surprising that there aren’t more Linklater documentaries out there, considering how substantial, influential, and plain fucking..."

Nov. 14, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Stories We Tell
Canadian filmmaker and actress Sarah Polley goes looking for her biological father and comes homes with a wise and poetic documentary about the nature of truth.
"...he wrote, Polley constructs one of the most lyrical documentaries to come along in a while. The story she..."

June 7, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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