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Review: Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

There's no sex or drugs, just a lot of professionalism.
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 08, 2013

Review: Call Me Kuchu

David France's powerful How To Survive a Plague, recording the battle to obtain treatment in the early days of the AIDS crisis, has deservedly been nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar.
Survival skills
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 22, 2013

Review: How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire

Daniel Edelstyn launched this film project after reading the spirited diary of his late grandmother, Maroussia Zorokovich, whose wealthy Jewish family split from Ukraine as the Bolsheviks were taking control.

By GERALD PEARY  |  February 22, 2013

Review: Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary

For this year's program of Oscar-nominated documentary shorts, it's best to bring tissues. Things can get emotional.
Brief encounters
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 01, 2013

Documentary revives the AIDS fight in archival footage

More than 30 "archival cinematographers" are credited at the end of David France's Oscar-nominated documentary, How to Survive a Plague .
Fighting back
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 18, 2013

Interview: History lesson with Ken Burns

Many recall the "wilding" incident in 1989, in which five non-white teenagers were convicted of raping and nearly killing a woman jogging in Central Park.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 14, 2012


Review: The Central Park Five

It wasn't the Mississippi Delta but enlightened, liberal New York City where, in 1989, five Harlem and Bronx teenage boys, black and Latino, were arrested, bullied by the police, and intimidated into making false confessions that they had raped and brut
Rough justice
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 14, 2012

Review: Addicted To Fame

In this documentary, a pop culture curio that plays out like a pulpy exposé, director David Giancola investigates the mayhem that took place on the set of his troubled 2007 indie picture, Illegal Aliens , a movie that would be all but forgotten if not

By MONICA CASTILLO  |  December 07, 2012

This is not a prison: Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film

Incarceration inspires Jafar Panahi.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 30, 2012

Jafar Panahi: This Is Not a Retrospective

After being confined to his Tehran apartment and banned from his profession in 2010, director Jafar Panahi has become known more as a victim of Iranian human-rights abuse than as a great filmmaker.
Circle games
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 30, 2012

Review: The Waiting Room

 If people believe Mitt Romney's assertion that emergency rooms are a solution for the uninsured, this is a powerful rebuke.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 30, 2012


Review: Brooklyn Castle

Katie Dellamaggiore's sweet, winning documentary spends one year with the chess team at Intermediate School 318, an inner-city junior high in Brooklyn, where despite a 70 percent poverty rate, the kids, grades 6-9, routinely win national championships.

By GERALD PEARY  |  November 16, 2012

Review: Chasing Ice

National Geographic photographer James Balog, acclaimed for his work on vanishing animal species, goes for even mightier concerns in this valiant documentary: to provide irrefutable visual evidence of the magnitude of man-made global warming.

By GERALD PEARY  |  November 16, 2012

Review: Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

Photographer Gregory Crewdson makes pictures that do everything a movie does except move.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 16, 2012

Review: Beauty Is Embarrassing

This is a rare documentary in which the camerawork and editing (and lively animation) are as dynamic as its subject.

By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 19, 2012

Premiere: Two Years At Sea

London-based filmmaker Ben Rivers has proven a restless creator.

By MAX GOLDBERG  |  October 19, 2012

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Review: The Other Dream Team

American audiences will be delighted to see how the Grateful Dead helped pay for the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic team, including supplying tie-dyed T-shirts. But only Lithuanians will thrill to the movie's climax...

By GERALD PEARY  |  October 12, 2012

Review: Girl Model

As seen in David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's somber, sometimes poetic, Fred Wiseman-like documentary, the international model trade ranks just above human trafficking in legitimacy.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012

Only connect: The Boston Palestine Film Festival

The Middle East, as usual, is a mess, but its cinema, both Israeli and Palestinian, offers hope.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
Short Takes: Escape Fire

Review: Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

Matthew Heineman and Susan Frömke's documentary tackles a familiar topic but doesn't weigh in on the Obamacare issue so contentious in the upcoming election.

By TOM MEEK  |  October 05, 2012

Review: Head Games

Legendary documentarian Steve James ( Hoop Dreams ) again turns his camera on the dark side of America's obsession with sports, this time looking at the rash of suicides and dementia linked to concussions.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012

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Review: How to Survive a Plague

In 1987, 26-year-old Peter Staley, a closeted Wall Street trader, was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Given less than two years to live, he addressed the International AIDS Conference . . . three years later. He's still alive.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 05, 2012

Review: Knuckleball!

For a film that's centered around such a silly-looking pitch, Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary is packed with considerable drama.
Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 21, 2012

Review: Step Up to the Plate

It's a corny American title for Paul Lacoste's French documentary, Entre les Bras , about the father-and-son chefs, Michel and Sébastien Bras, behind a Michelin three-star restaurant in the L'Aubrac region of France.
Paul Lacoste's French documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 21, 2012

Review: Detropia

Detropia is word play for "dystopia," and that's the overview here of the crumbling, crime-ridden, largely unemployed phantom of a Michigan city, which has lost half its population since 1955.
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady 's documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 14, 2012

Review: 2016: Obama's America

Walking into Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's political hatchet job, I overheard a woman exiting an earlier showing, breathlessly informing someone on her cell phone that "it's not a movie — it's a documentary!"
Not much of a movie or a documentary
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 07, 2012


Review: It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl

In 50 years, Theodor Herzl predicted in his diary during the First Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897, he would be recognized as the founder of the first Jewish state.
Richard Trank's documentary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 07, 2012

Review: Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

Matthew Akers's provocative documentary opens with an image we don't see that often: a long close-up of a human face.
Matthew Akers's provocative documentary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 31, 2012


Filmmaker Craig Zobel ( Great World of Sound ) takes the infamous Stanley Milgram psychology experiments — showing how decent Americans will do the most vile, Nazi-like things if they are following orders — and uses these as a basis of a thoroughly dis

By GERALD PEARY  |  August 24, 2012

Sushi: The Global Catch

Director Mark S. Hall begins his documentary by focusing on the traditions and history of raw-fish preparation, as demonstrated by Mamoru Sugiyama, master chef at Tokyo's Sushiko Restaurant.
Mark S. Hall's documentary
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 24, 2012