THE SECRET WORLD OF FOLEY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 13 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! “The Secret World of Foley” pulls the curtain back from one aspect of filmmaking, and showcases two artists who love to put the sound of magic into the movies….


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

THE CHILEAN ELVIS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! There are no gimmicks here, just an admirable, barebones slice of impersonatin’ life.


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

FAST ICE: RESCUE FROM ANTARCTICA

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 20 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! Talking heads abound (expedition leaders, a historian, marine ecologists, just-plain-passengers, etc.) but so does the ice. It is vast. And it’s not even IMAX!


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

YOU WON’T REGRET THAT TATTOO

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 13 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! It’s not much—talking heads (and body parts) for most of its 13 minutes, but the eight subjects who reveal themselves to her camera are a fascinating bunch….


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

AMANDA F***ING PALMER ON THE ROCKS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 17 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! Timoner does a nice clean edit of the various controversies surrounding Palmer, using nice visual flourishes in-between talking heads, performance snippets, press conferences, backstage interviews, and occasional animations….


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

SATI

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 25 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! The rawness of depression is examined in this downer of a film…


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

THE PHOTO MAN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 7 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! What a lovely, short glimpse of a man saving our lives in his own, personal way….


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

BEYOND RECOGNITION: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF A FACE TRANSPLANT

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 19 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! You may be familiar with this story. It’s an inspirational three-parter, with more to come.


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

RONALD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! You may not be a fan of McDonald’s, but you’ll love “Ronald.” Send in this clown.


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

WE ARE THE BEST!

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

The teenage actors nail their natural, giddy-sad coming-of-age performances and Moodyson flavors the film with fine direction of its young stars…


Posted on June 17, 2014 by

SHOWFOLK

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 23 minutes

“Showfolk” is best described as an extended public service announcement, and that’s probably what the MPTF wanted. Something straight arrow and talking head.


Posted on June 14, 2014 by

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL – NEW FILMS, NEW DIRECTOR, NEW SPONSOR

Now in its 12th year, AFI DOCS (formerly SilverDocs) is still morphing into a new kind of festival. Sure, it’s always been about documentaries, and this year there will be 84 films unreeling on all three screens at the ever-glorious AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, off Metro’s Red Line in Silver Spring, and at the numerous venues in DC’s downtown Penn Quarter district…



Posted on June 13, 2014 by

WILD BOAR

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 26 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS SELECTION! Darkly humorous, this documentary is all about the curious mixology of obsessive compulsive personalities and road kill…


Posted on June 11, 2014 by

LULLABY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 117 minutes

Inspired by events within his own family, Andrew Levitas’ feature directorial debut transforms his own script into a movie that wears its heart on its sleeve…


Posted on June 9, 2014 by

WORDS AND PICTURES

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 116 minutes

Opposites attract. “Words and Pictures”? Not so much…


Posted on June 7, 2014 by

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