An especially pointed variation on one of music's most oft-told tales: A band formed ahead of its time sits in muffled obscurity while others reap the harvest of what it first planted.
Fortunately, Bobby and Dannis, the surviving brothers, prove genial company.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
If the brothers seem a little drunk on their own myth, they're also genuinely humbled by the band's rediscovery and warmed by the fact that their kids have carried on the family tradition.
Their story can feel almost too ready-made for the telling, but it's well worth a listen.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
... a must-watch for fans of punk music, vinyl record wonks, or even those interested ... a visionary entertainment dream.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
[A] generous, spirited documentary [that captures] one of the strangest and most inspiring of all family stories of tragedy and triumph that this crazy country has produced.
It was fans' ardor that began the Death revival and propels the movie's exhilarating second half.
If you're looking for a 96-minute jolt of joy, look no further than this uplifting, well-made documentary ...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The film is nothing much cinematically, and some of the narrative details and circumstances seemed fudged. But it's a great story, told with a fan's honest appreciation.
| Original Score: 3/4
If ever a movie about punk deserved to be called legitimately sweet and life-affirming, it's the documentary "A Band Called Death."
| Original Score: 4/5
A beautiful tale of life, love, music, and family, of things not working out but also working out just as predicted.
These docs often conclude with some sort of triumphant reunion tour, but it's more heartwarming than usual to see children paying tribute to their parents by covering their ancient songs.
| Original Score: B
A new wrinkle on Andy Warhol's maxim: Eventually, every undiscovered band will receive its own righteous documentary, lapped up by a bin-trawling audience (and a festival circuit ready to serve them).
| Original Score: 3/5
[An] unexpectedly emotional docu on the revival of an African-American rock group that's among those to usher in punk music.
Determined and persuasive filmmaking pays off with a moving and remarkable true-life account of groundbreaking musicianship.
Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett have crafted a rousing account of the Hackney brothers, who would not only form the rare all-black punk band, but do so in the mid-'70s, nearly beating the Ramones and the Sex Pistols to the punch.