Star Trek Into Darkness
Documents a moment in a few very specific lives that anyone with a heart and mind can understand and recognise.
| Original Score: 8/10
A multilayered portrait of immense physical, emotional and psychological change.
| Original Score: A-
Some of the footage is harrowing, some of it moving, but all of it fearlessly real and affecting.
This combination of amazing coincidences, sibling tensions and identity crises is a natural fit for the documentary form.
| Original Score: B
An exceptional film...(that helps) illuminate the often painful experience of people trying to move on from dark personal and family pasts.
Prodigal Sons is crazily overstuffed with material, but the material is so strong and so endlessly surprising I can't blame Reed for her reluctance to leave anything out.
| Original Score: 3/4
At the heart of Prodigal Sons, a family drama in the form of a succinct, eloquent personal journal, is a sibling rivalry whose reverberations touch upon the very essence of human identity...
| Original Score: 4/5
In an era of pop documentaries that reduce their subjects to gimmicky setups and patronizing lessons, Prodigal Sons is a near-profound palate cleanser.
A consistently generous film.
Kimberly Reed started out to make a movie about starting over, but then life got in the way. It didn't make her job harder. It made the movie better.
The problem with family-diary documentaries is that some families have too much drama for just one movie.
The past in Prodigal Sons is pervasive and formidable, to be sure, but it is hardly fixed.
[An] engrossing, unpredictable, often heartbreaking family-drama documentary.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sometimes we forget that when documentary filmmakers begin a project, they don't always know what they'll be filming because, to state the obvious, real life doesn't work from a script.
| Original Score: 4/4
This is fascinating.
I love the set up of this one.
Compelling documentary featuring a remarkably appealing transsexual high-school star quarterback and her adopted, brain-damaged brother who learns he's the grandson of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth.
Anybody who has ever doubted that truth is stranger than fiction should see Prodigal Sons.
Well-crafted and intense.
| Original Score: B+
The emotional intensity combined with the Welles/Hayworth connection should draw attention to help this documentary stand out among independent films.
| Original Score: 3.5/5