DVD Reviews

Earth: One Amazing Day A beautifully photographed documentary with amazing footage of animals illustrating the survival of the fittest. Openness
National Bird A profile of three whistleblowers who are very critical of America's secret drone program. Shadow
Karl Marx City A poignant documentary about round-the-clock surveillance in the German Democratic Republic. Shadow
California Typewriter An entertaining documentary about people who love typewriters. Enthusiasm
The Settlers A poignant look at the religious foundations of the settler movement in the West Bank. Faith
Kedi A magical and immensely endearing documentary about the love affair between the people of Istanbul and the stray cats who wander the streets of the city. Love
The Good Postman A documentary that exposes bigotry, fear, and anger as toxic forces in a dying village in Bulgaria. Shadow
The Wrong Light An expose of the unethical exploitation of two young Thai girls by an amoral entrepreneur. Justice
Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan A magical documentary about a prima ballerina in New York City and the challenges she faces at age 46. You
Warning: This Drug May Kill You A harrowing report on the epidemic of prescription drug addiction and the increase of overdose deaths. Shadow
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story A charming documentary about a long-married Hollywood couple who made many important contributions to American movies. Imagination
The Farthest Top-drawer documentary on the astonishing mission of the Voyager spacecrafts past the outer planets of our solar system and beyond. Wonder
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City An exciting and enlightening documentary about an urban visionary's legacy. Meaning
David Lynch: The Art Life A documentary in which filmmaker and artist David Lynch shares stories about his past. Imagination
The Vietnam War An immersive portrait of a century of conflicts in Vietnam and the decision-making behind them, featuring accounts from American and Vietnamese witnesses and you-are-there archival images. Shadow
The Music of Strangers A rounded and rousing look at the talented Silk Road Ensemble musical collective. Play
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail The little-known story of the trial of a Chinatown family-owned bank in the wake of the financial debacle of 2008. Justice
The Reagan Show An expose of how politics became spectacle during the Reagan Presidency. Meaning
The Apology A timely and important documentary about the courage of three elderly survivors of sexual slavery and their quest for justice. Justice
Obit A quirky and engaging documentary about the obit beat of The New York Times. Meaning
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