Film Reviews

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold A portrait of essayist Joan Didion and her self-respect. Imagination
11/8/16 Thought-provoking documentary by 18 directors on the drama, the varied political talk of citizens, and the surprises of Election Day 2016. Meaning
Bill Nye: Science Guy An edifying glimpse into the life and work of a TV celebrity now passionately sounding the alarm about climate change. Questing
Motherland An eye-opening documentary about the plight of poor women giving birth in the busiest maternity ward in the world. Nurturing
Jane A soul-stirring cinematic tribute to Jane Goodall and her reverence for chimpanzees. Reverence
The Great Day Documentary about four children who test their bodies, minds, and spirits in pursuit of their dreams. Nurturing
Human Flow A meditative and visually stunning overview of the plight of refugees around the world. Compassion
Monogamish A documentary about the quest for love in monogamy and other options. Love
Take My Nose... Please! A wide-ranging purview of plastic surgery, conveyed through the stories of the many female comedians who have tried it. Transformation
Earth: One Amazing Day A beautifully photographed documentary with amazing footage of animals illustrating the survival of the fittest. Openness
I Am Another You Documentary about a young man whose quest for freedom masks major mental problems. Questing
AlphaGo A snappy and mind-boggling documentary about a 3000-year-old board game and a A.I. program. Attention
Dolores A deft and compelling documentary about one of America's premier Latino labor leaders and civil rights activists. Justice
School Life A thoroughly entertaining documentary set in an Irish prep school where two eccentric teachers draw out the students' creativity Teachers
The Last Dalai Lama? An edifying and uplifting documentary on the spiritual insights, practices, and epiphanies of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Compassion
Almost Sunrise A profound and hopeful documentary about the challenges faced by soldiers returning from war. Shadow
Last Men in Aleppo An unflinching, grippingly realistic, and heart-rending documentary about the senseless carnage of war. Compassion
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press A hard-hitting documentary exposing the multi-leveled attack on the media by the rich and the powerful. Justice
Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry A spiritually abundant documentary on the life and work of a humble rural seer. Meaning
Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami… A dynamic documentary about the visionary Vedic scholar who launched the Hare Krishna movement. Devotion
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