Entries tagged with “Film Reviews”

Film Review: Symbiotic Earth

How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat and Started a Scientific Revolution

Film Review: Te Ata

This handsome, well-mounted biopic of Frances Thompson Fisher, a Chickasaw actress from Oklahoma who persisted against all odds to become a major international performer in the ear…

Film Review: The Antidote

The AntidoteDirected by Kahane Cooperman, John HoffmanCINETIC/BRAND NEW STORY The subtitle of The Antidote is “Stories of Kindness, Decency and the Power of Community in Ameri…

Film Review: The Armor of Light

The Armor of LightAbigail DisneyFork FilmsAbigail Disney’s emotionally overwhelming documentary portrays one of the more surprising political and religious alliances of recent year…

Film Review: The Departure

Each unanswered call could be one more person on the edge who desperately needs his help.

Film Review: The Divine Order

As she gradually finds her voice, the women around her join forces in solidarity.

Film Review: The Human Face of Big Data

The Human Face of Big DataSandy SmolanRoco FilmsSandy Smolan’s documentary plays at times like an infomercial for Big Data—the technological phenomenon by which the millions of bit…

Film Review: The Man Who Saved the World

The Man Who Saved the WorldPeter AnthonyStatement FilmIt might be hard to believe, but Stanislav Petrov lives up to the hyperbolic title of the documentary about him. Petrov was a …

Film Review: The Mustang

Superb acting and tight directing elevate this film about an inmate training a wild mustang.

Film Review: The Pearl Button

The Pearl ButtonPatricio GuzmanKino LorberThe Chilean director Patricio Guzman has spent his career chronicling the murders, tortures, and other injustices committed in his country…

Film Review: The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West

The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey WestBarry StrugatzFirst Run FeaturesIn 1964, a 63-year-old Chinese academic and doctor named Cheng Man-Ching moved to New York and began to teach t…

Film Review: The Providers

“Last year, 70,000 deaths in rural America could have been prevented with better access to health care.” Those words open Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin’s The Providers, which loo…

Film Review: The Resilient Heart

Dr. Valentin Fuster has dedicated his life to promoting cardiovascular health, and he’s convinced that the way to do it is to get to people on a philosophical and moral level. Susa…

Film Review: The Seagull

MICHAEL MAYER’S frantic but atmospheric new film version of the classic play still makes the mistake of so many Anton Chekhov adaptations, which is to deemphasize the comedy. Chekh…

Film Review: The Search for Freedom

Directed by Jon LongITM FILM AND THE EARTH NETWORK We’ve gotten lots of documentaries about surfing, skating, and other types of action sports over the years—from the Endles…

Film Review: This Changes Everything

This Changes EverythingAvi LewisAbramoramaThere have been hundreds of environmental documentaries over the years, but This Changes Everything kicks off with an interesting philosop…

Film Review: Unacceptable Levels - Do You Know What's in Your Water Supply?

DIRECTED BY ED BROWN Director Ed Brown is not your typical activist, nor is he one of those thought leader types who pretend to have all the answers. As he presents himself in thi…

Film Review: Walk With Me

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (his rich, mellifluous baritone is immediately recognizable), this beautifully immersive documentary was produced over three years among the Buddhi…

Film Review: Weed The People

Its playful title notwithstanding, Weed the People is a tough watch—but it’s definitely worth sticking with it. Abby Epstein’s documentary looks at the use of medical marijua…

Film Review: What Lies Upstream

The cynical collusion between corporations and government to gut the regulations that keep our water safe and clean is tackled in compelling, infuriating fashion in Cullen Hoback’s…