THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

“The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” builds a strong case against the American government, whose insatiable ability to continually undermine its basic democratic principles caused the sad demise of one of the internet’s great heroes…


Posted on June 26, 2014 by

THE HOME TEAM

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 9 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! Deftly blending an array of interesting folk, some TV footage, headline pans, effective use of slo mo, and, or course, shots of the games and the crowd, you’re just about ready to move to Murray when the film ends…


Posted on June 21, 2014 by

THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 16 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! This is raw filmmaking at its finest…


Posted on June 21, 2014 by

FONT MEN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! Fonts are what dreams are made of…


Posted on June 21, 2014 by

A PLACE CALLED PLUTO

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

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! At just 10 minutes, this is just a taste, a heartfelt one, of the tragedy this disease unleashes…


Posted on June 20, 2014 by

JOANNA

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 40 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! Yes, you’ll eventually shed a tear. The dead don’t cry, just us, the living. Joanna Salyga was a saint….


Posted on June 20, 2014 by

21 DAYS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 22 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! Damian Kocur’s strangely whimsical “21 Days [21 Dni]” (is) about Michal, a shy man with a mouthful of dental braces and a crease down the middle of his forehead, and his very unusual plan to find love in a sea of desperation…


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

CHERRY POP: THE STORY OF THE WORLD’S FANCIEST CAT

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! Well, you know that this short is going to be fun when the kitty kat kitsch starts flowing across the screen and the credits are scripted in pink (although that’s a Miami thing, too)…


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

THE VISIT

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! “The Visit” (originally “Odwiedziny”) is a bold and simple film. And a rather sad one…


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

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

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

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

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

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