Documentaries

Here’s Your First Look at the Netflix JonBenét Ramsey Documentary

Last year, America’s fascination with the unsolved murder of six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was wholly renewed with the passing of the 20th anniversary of the case. No less than four TV specials, including a Lifetime movie and an investigative CBS docuseries, were aired with the mystery as their …

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Israeli bombs from the view of a Gaza ambulance crew

Gruff and skeptical, Abu Marzouq clearly does not want to be filmed. The ambulance driver is the reluctant protagonist of the first feature-length …

Nicole Kidman Is The ‘Queen Of The Desert’ In The New Trailer For This Werner Herzog Drama

Werner Herzog’s <i>Queen of the Desert</i> will finally make its way to North America in 2017 and (naturally) there’s a new trailer trumpeting the historical drama’s arrival.<p>The film, released in Germany way back yonder in the simpler days of 2015, features Nicole Kidman as British …

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VOD Releases: Smash: Motorized Mayhem - Reviewed

Sometimes in life, you need to take a moment and appreciate life and it’s simple pleasures. Not everything is about the complexities of film and …

Netflix’s New JonBenet Ramsey Documentary Is So Creepy — Watch Haunting First Trailer

Think you know the whole story? Think again! The puzzling murder case of JonBenet Ramsey is playing out for obsessed audiences all over again in a …

Mystery

Smart and measured Showtime documentary 'American Jihad' examines roots of home-grown terrorism

Showtime’s “American Jihad” looks at the roots of homegrown terrorism through the stories of the young American citizens behind such deadly attacks as the Boston Marathon bombing and the Orlando, Fla., nightclub shooting.<p>The 90-minute documentary, narrated by Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), goes …

Terrorism

Film Review: ‘Gray House’

Austin Lynch — son of David — makes a strong impression with this solemnly teasing, semi-documentary mood piece.<p>What initially seems most inscrutable …

'Lipstick Under My Burkha' director says CBFC living in dark age

<i>Lipstick Under My Burkha</i> director Alankrita Shrivastava says the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC), which refused to certify her film due to …

The Netflix short documentary Extremis looks at the hard questions of end-of-life care

The film makes the difficult decisions families and patients make wrenchingly real.<p><i>Every weekend, we pick a movie you can stream that dovetails with current events. Old, new, blockbuster, arthouse: They’re all fair game. What you can count on is a weekend watch</i><i>that sheds new light on the week that</i> …

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Watch the Trailer For a New Documentary On Music Photographer Mick Rock

<i>Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock</i> is a new documentary about iconic music photographer Mick Rock, who’s shot the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Queen, Blondie, Iggy Pop, Daft Punk, and more. (Many of the most memorable shots of Bowie as Ziggy Stardust are by Rock, who was for a period his …

Music

Watch the Riveting Trailer for a New JonBenet Ramsey Documentary - Vice

<b>Casting JonBenet</b><br>It's been just over 20 years since the death of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, found in her Boulder, Colorado home under mysterious circumstances. Ramsey's parents Patsy and John were the primary suspects in the case that has both fascinated and horrified people around the world for …

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Climate change film features Salish Sea, US-Canada border

Former Port Townsend, Washington, resident Ian Hinkle hopes his film "Reaching Blue" stirs discussion on climate change.<p>"For a lot of people, …

Climate Change

Mississauga boxer Daniel Hayes stars in award-winning documentary

Daniel Hayes stars in The Honey Badger, a short documentary directed by Toronto's KB Kutz<p>Daniel Hayes has three things on his to-do list — to become …

Boxing

Watch As Tribeca Announces Its Second Annual TV Lineup

<i>Photo courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival.</i><p>Movies aren’t the only thing gathering the masses in waves anymore.<p>This year’s <b>Tribeca Film Festival</b> will find …

TV

Laurent Chevalier Talks Resistance In New Documentary Video

<i>Photo of Laurent Chevalier courtesy of Tumblr.</i><p>If you’ve been visiting us here at <b>Okayplayer</b> for the past few years then the name, <b>Laurent Chevalier</b>, …

Photography

What Are You Watching?: Porn, failure, and Terrence Malick

<i>What Are You Watching? is a</i> <i>weekly space for</i> The A.V Club<i>’s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old.</i><p>Unlike my colleague Jesse Hassenger, who gave it a positive review in these fine digital pages, I thought Terrence Malick’s <b>Song To Song</b> was …

Terrence Malick

‘Casting JonBenet’: 4 Things To Know About Netflix’s Unique Documentary

It’s been over 20 years since JonBenet Ramsey was murdered and the case remains unsolved, despite interest in it throughout the years. Now, a new …

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Top Croatian Documentary ‘My Life Without Air’ to Have World Premiere in Canada

The feature documentary film My Life Without Air, directed by Bojana Burnać, has been selected into the main competition, International Spectrum, at …

10 Essential Werner Herzog Movies, From Divine Wrath to Gonzo Docs

10<p>By ,<p>For nearly 55 years, he’s chronicled the weird, the wild and the obsessed ... and with two new films coming out in April (<i>Queen of the Desert,</i> …

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Film Club: Even Terrence Malick fans may hit their breaking point with Song To Song

<i>A.V. Club</i> film critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are fans of Terrence Malick, the legendary (and legendarily reclusive) American director …

Review: Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’

Terrence Malick is the common man’s filmmaker. His films posit the universe as a shared space, a place trodden by memory. He takes the psychic, …

Watch the Trailer for Netflix's JonBenét Ramsey Documentary

The trailer for Netflix's documentary about slain child beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey, who was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her …

Crime

Another Reason to Stay Home and Watch Nature Documentaries

If you've ever needed further encouragement to stay in and binge on animal documentaries (I have not), they've now been shown to be scientifically …

Nature

Tribeca 2017: New Online Works Showcase Will Premiere Fresh Efforts from Shailene Woodley, Eli Roth and More

Tribeca will debut several scary shorts from Eli Roth's Crypt TV, along with "Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock," from Executive Producer Shailene …

Shailene Woodley

George Michael's Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley slams 'insensitive' Channel 5 documentary

He also called broadcaster "contemptuous and reprehensible".<p>George Michael's former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley has slammed a Channel 5 …

Entertainment

M.I.A. Says Her Documentary Might Take Another Decade to Come Out

Remember 2013? "Twerk" and "selfie" had just found their way into the dictionary, the Vatican got a hip new Pope, and M.I.A., the beloved British rapper/singer, was filming a documentary about her life.<p>The history of M.I.A.'s documentary is a long one. In 2012, the "Paper Planes" singer announced …

Entertainment

The Nightlight in Akron to Screen Documentary Film about Rock Photographer Mick Rock

As part of the New York Film Critics Film Series, a regular series of ongoing preview screenings that takes place in about 50 selected major markets,</i> …

Music

Jay Z Is Adapting Trayvon Martin’s Story Into a Docuseries and Feature Film That You Definitely Need to See

If Trayon Martin were alive today, he’s be 22 years old and likely a college graduate. Unfortunately, his life was cut short on February 26, 2012 by …

Trayvon Martin

THE FUTURE IS N.O.W.: THE FULL 2017 TRIBECA N.O.W. LINEUP

These ambitious creators and their groundbreaking creations are pushing the boundaries of online storytelling.<p>As a champion for emerging voices in …

Tribeca Film Festival

Netflix's ‘Casting JonBenét’ Trailer Will Haunt Your Dreams

Help.<p>Over the years, there's been a slew of investigative TV specials revisiting the 1996 murder of 6-year-old beauty-pageant star JonBenét Ramsey, but Netflix's documentary <i>Casting JonBenét</i> is truly unlike any other to come before it.<p>Instead of rehashing the case through the lens of investigators …

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