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Homeless (Hassler, 2015)

If the quickest metric of a directorial debut is to which films it invites comparison, the news about Clay Hassler’s Homeless is very, very good. [Read more...]


Because I Was a Painter (Cognet, 2014)

In contemplating art by concentration camp survivors, this austere yet affecting documentary offers a novel contribution to our understanding of the Holocaust. [Read more...]


24 Days (Arcady, 2014)

A terrifying kidnapping for ransom raises fears about renewed anti-Semitism. [Read more...]

Publicity Photo from the Pitch Perfect 2 Facebook page.

When “No” Means “Hell Yeah!”: Why I’ll Pass on Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2 sends some confusing–and disappointing–messages in its trailer. [Read more...]

Vinh Nguyen, a former ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) soldier, now a war reenactor

In Country (Attie and O’Hara, 2014)

War reenactment…huh…yeah…what is it good for? “Possibly something,” is the reply emanating from this documentary tracking a group of Vietnam War reenactors in Oregon. [Read more...]


Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Christians may enjoy seeing a cult get exposed, but they should be wary of this documentaries none-too-hidden subtext. [Read more...]

An endanged Buddha at Mes Aynak

2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Day 3: Outsider Art, Afghan Archeology, African Democracy, and the Black Panthers

My last day in Durham featured documentaries about artwork by institutionalized psychiatric patients, an imperiled archeology dig near Kabul, the battle to maintain democracy in Senegal, and a comprehensive history of the Black Panthers. [Read more...]

Marcia and Trisha Shattuck, in "From This Day Forward"

2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Day 2: Afghan Soldiers, Evel Knievel, and an Unconventional Marriage

Today’s documentaries showed us brave filmmaking in Afghanistan, a flawed biography of a legendary American stuntman, and a daughter’s joyous, smile-inducing reflections on the marriage between her mother and transgender father. [Read more...]


(Dis)honesty: The Truth About Lies (Melamede, 2015)

A famous G. K. Chesterton quote states, “Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.” [Read more...]

A still from "Tiger Tiger"

2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Day 1: Lies, Tigers, and Mountains, Oh My!

Today’s trio of films featured a journey inside the deceiving mind, as well as adventures in the forests and mountains of South Asia. [Read more...]