Category Archives: Recommendations

On VOD: LITTLE WHITE LIE

little whiteComing to VOD today, Tuesday, March 31: LITTLE WHITE LIE

Lacey Schwartz’s personal exploration of the impact of family secrets bowed at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival last year. It went on to screen at DOC NYC, New Orleans, Sidewalk, Black Harvest, BlackStar, Martha’s Vineyard African American, and Philadelphia Jewish fests, among others. It now comes to iTunes.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: HOOP DREAMS

hoop restoredComing to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31: HOOP DREAMS

Steve James’ classic exploration of the athletic aspirations of two young men debuted at Sundance in 1994, taking home the Audience Award for Best Documentary. It went on to screen at Toronto and the New York Film Festival. Though it was not recognized by the Academy, it won critical and audience acclaim and remains one of the seminal works of nonfiction of the past 25 years. Recently restored for its 20th anniversary, it now is re-released on home video formats.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On Cable: GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

going clearComing to HBO this Sunday, March 29: GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

Alex Gibney’s unearthing of the secrets of the contentious organization had its world premiere at Sundance this year. Is has also screened at True/False, Big Sky, and Martha’s Vineyard, and has been released theatrically.

My pre-Sundance profile of the doc may be found here.

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In Theatres: FREEWAY: CRACK IN THE SYSTEM

Freeway-530x317Coming to NYC’s Maysles Cinema for a week run beginning today, Thursday, March 26: FREEWAY: CRACK IN THE SYSTEM

Marc Levin’s chronicle of one man’s pivotal role in the crack epidemic made its premiere at Los Angeles’ Pan African Film Festival. It also screened as part of NYC’s Stranger Than Fiction series and on Al Jazeera America.

I previously wrote about the film here.

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On Cable: DREAMCATCHER

dreamcatcherComing to Showtime tomorrow, Friday, March 27: DREAMCATCHER

Kim Longinotto’s candid look at a woman’s mission to help others out of exploitation had its world premiere at Sundance this year, winning the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award. It has gone on to screen at Rotterdam, Glasgow, ZagrebDox, Thessaloniki, and One World.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: GATES OF HEAVEN

Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray in a new edition: GATES OF HEAVEN

Errol Morris’ poignant meditation on pet cemeteries screened in the New York Film Festival in 1978. The film went on to a successful theatrical release, despite Werner Herzog’s playful chiding, as documented in the late Les Blank’s WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE. Criterion now re-releases the film in a “director-approved” box set edition with special features, including Blank’s short, together with the Morris’ 1981 VERNON, FLORIDA.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: THE THIN BLUE LINE

Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray in a new edition: THE THIN BLUE LINE

Errol Morris’ pioneering murder investigation study debuted in 1988. Its theatrical run via Miramax made it a success with critics and audiences, and helped result in a re-examination of the case. Criterion now re-releases the film in a “director-approved” edition with special features.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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