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Rating Title/Year Author
306 Hollywood (2018) Roger Catlin Visually striking. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
() Roger Catlin [Tyler Perry] keeps things moving in a special that keeps its focus on the music, which was marvelous. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Free Solo (2018) Roger Catlin Breathtaking photography. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
United Skates (2018) Roger Catlin Amid it all are the joyful expressions on wheels, reflective of different cities and regions. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) Roger Catlin A complete look at [Sammy Davis, Jr's] many sides, from the pint-sized tap whiz to adult crooner and foundry-breaker. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) Roger Catlin The great, untold story of Native American pioneers of rock 'n' roll should be shown to every misguided MAGA-hat wearing student at Covington Catholic High School. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (2018) Roger Catlin The strong documentary "Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists"...makes a strong case that Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill...each offered some of the best journalism of the late 20th century with work that championed the poor and voiceless. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) Roger Catlin Benjamin Cumberbatch is very good as usual as a single minded organizer who wants to break from the staid conservative politicians who have failed on the issue for years. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
Momentum Generation (2018) Roger Catlin The film by Michael and Jeff Zimbalist is full of awesome surf footage on huge waves, but also a lot of emotional reminiscing among its stars, which include Taylor Steele, Kelly Slater, Rob Machado and about a dozen more. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (2018) Roger Catlin A documentary on the case Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland... puts a face on the Black Lives Matter struggles and is enhanced by her many encouraging (and not necessarily anti-cop) messages on her video blog. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
Flight of the Conchords: Live in London (2018) Roger Catlin Now a little greying, they are typically deadpan in their patter, which is as amusing as the songs. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
Yomane Oslo (2017) Roger Catlin An enlightening documentary that goes behind the secret, even illegal, negotiations that came the closest to finding peace in the Middle East. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
The Last Sharknado: It's About Time (2018) Roger Catlin What once was camp is now just atrocious. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Believer (2018) Roger Catlin Dan Reynolds, frontman of the group Imagine Dragons, acts like he deserves a big pat on the back for not adhering to the discriminatory policies of the Mormon Church in which he was raised. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2018
The Tale (2018) Roger Catlin Most of all it plays like an off-putting Lifetime movie, but with a better cast (Ellen Burstyn, Common, John Heard, Frances Conroy and Elisabeth Debicki). EDIT
Posted May 29, 2018
Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018) Roger Catlin Lucky thing that somebody put to film the agreeable tour of the Dos Amigos, in "Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life"... But there are a lot of grins in the banter, songs, bits and dances. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2018
Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Roger Catlin Some of Ramin Bahrani's film is so dull, though, it may leave you wanting to read a book instead. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2018
The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish! (2018) Roger Catlin If you're going to wade into the royal wedding at all, my preference hands down is "The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish"... EDIT
Posted May 21, 2018
Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie (2018) Roger Catlin The documentary... takes an awful long time telling the story of Mattel doing something they should have done a long time ago: ditch the preposterous body type of its Barbie doll for different sizes and shapes. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2018
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) Roger Catlin Director Tom Zimny keeps the focus either on vintage clips or newly filmed, lovingly shots crawling over every inch of Graceland. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2018
Andre the Giant (2018) Roger Catlin Mostly we marvel at him the same way we would by paying 50 cents at the side show. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2018
Paterno (2018) Roger Catlin Al Pacino has specialized in playing actual people for HBO films, from Roy Cohen to Phil Spector, Jack Kavorkian and now Joe Paterno, in an understated and effective portrayal of the beloved Penn State coach... EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2018
Arthur Miller: Writer (2017) Roger Catlin ... the comprehensive documentary "Arthur Miller: Writer" (HBO, 8 p.m.) the author of "Death of a Salesman" and so many other works is warm, thoughtful and expansive, probably because he's talking to his daughter [director Rebecca Miller]. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2018
Notes From The Field (2018) Roger Catlin Amid her riveting performances are many of the still indelible images from recent incidents. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2018
() Roger Catlin ... with some driving performances from Toronto interspersed with brief sermon interlude, written by Luc Sante and delivered by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, of all people. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2018
Word Is Bond (2017) Roger Catlin ... a thoughtful exploration of hip hop... EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2018
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (2017) Roger Catlin It's quite a portrait, with a terrific soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2018
May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers (2017) Roger Catlin ... a strong music biography... EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2018
I Am Not Your Negro (2016) Roger Catlin It's an imaginative look not only at the intellectual powerhouse of writer James Baldwin, as seen on TV interviews and in speeches, but also his own words from an unpublished manuscripts... EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2018
David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017) Roger Catlin It's a thoughtful look back at a formidable artist. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2018
The Problem With Apu (2017) Roger Catlin The film is an interesting door to a useful discussion about portrayals of people on TV... EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
Baltimore Rising (2017) Roger Catlin ... the documentary by Sonja Sohn and Mark Levin that covers the event in a manner nobody has quite done before. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
Gerald's Game (2017) Roger Catlin There's no paranormal activity at work in this Stephen King-inspired film, but Gerald's Game is just as nightmarish. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
Year of the Scab (2017) Roger Catlin "Year of the Scab" benefits from a wealth of period sports news footage on news conferences and games... EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2017
My Love, Don't Cross That River (2014) Roger Catlin My Love, Don't Cross That River is a simple and profoundly moving examination of a couple that's been together 75 years. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2017
Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) Roger Catlin What makes filmmaker Richard Linklater stand out as a subject is his own ambivalence to anything approaching being called a "Master." EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2017
Raising Bertie (2016) Roger Catlin By keeping talking heads - and most authority figures outside of moms, Saunders and other teachers - out of the film and letting the young men speak and dream of their future show glimmers of hope and an indomitable spirit, even in the bleakest prospects. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2017
Tour De Pharmacy (2017) Roger Catlin The piece has a roaring sophomoric quality and quite a fixation on penises, but generally gets to the comic finish line. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2017
Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017) Roger Catlin Questions are raised in Erin Lee Carr's creepily fascinating Mommy Dead and Dearest. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2017
Casting JonBenét (2017) Roger Catlin Fascinating. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2017
Tickled (2016) Roger Catlin It's a fascinating tale, that is followed by the shorter addendum, The Tickle King, about what happened when the principals showed up to disrupt festival screenings. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017
Tower (2016) Roger Catlin It gains impact when it begins to show many of the eyewitnesses and victims in some case, who in some cases are reuniting 50 years after that hot afternoon to recollect the story. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2017
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) (2017) Roger Catlin If you didn't know much about the band before, you'll be a fan soon enough. That's before the horror of the attack is recalled. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2017
By Sidney Lumet (2015) Roger Catlin It's a great body of work and a satisfying biography. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2017
Every Brilliant Thing (2016) Roger Catlin There's no denying the generosity and depth of empathy found in audiences such as the ones filmed for this remarkable film. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2016
Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing (2016) Roger Catlin Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing is both a comprehensive look at the reprehensible act of terrorism at the worldwide event, but a deeply human one, that follows a trio of families... even as they try to move past it. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2016
Killing Reagan (2016) Roger Catlin Director Rod Lurie plays it down the middle, though he has a tough time replicating Washington in Atlanta, where the whole thing was shot. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2016
Mascots (2016) Roger Catlin It's awfully funny. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
Class Divide (2015) Roger Catlin Marc Levin talks to people on both sides [the rich and the poor] in Class Divide and gets his most poignant responses from children. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2016
How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change) (2016) Roger Catlin The culmination of disaster footage and shocking talk from scientists make this compulsive viewing. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2016