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Review: Moving ‘Linda Ronstadt: Sound of My Voice’ is well-deserved tribute to iconic singer

What’s refreshing about “Sound of My Voice” (and Ronstadt in general) is her open, generous spirit. She was a connector, giving her blessing as Don Henley and Glenn Frey formed …


Review: ‘David Crosby: Remember My Name’ finds famously prickly musician has mellowed – but not by much

Haloed by a nimbus of cottony white hair, still sporting the walrus mustache he made chic in the 1960s, David Crosby presents a reflective, irascible, observant and irresistibly candid figure …


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 7:21 p.m.

Review: Leonard Cohen and his muse are subjects of absorbing documentary

The absorbing documentary “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love” chronicles the creative and romantic collaboration between musician Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, who inspired several of his earliest songs, including …


Review: Ron Howard’s ‘Pavarotti’ serious look at icon

Director Ron Howard’s recent interest in documentary filmmaking has created three productions that share a similar musical baseline but are very different in design and texture. “Made In America,” a …


‘Echo in the Canyon’ review: A ‘60s musical flowering gets plucked by Jakob Dylan’s vanity project

The hook for the documentary “Echo in the Canyon” is a 2015 tribute concert featuring Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, who conducts the on-camera interviews here with more self-conscious cool …


Review: “The Biggest Little Farm” cultivates a captivating look at couple’s endeavor

Since premiering at the Telluride Film Festival last year, “The Biggest Little Farm” has been a sensation on the festival circuit, and it’s easy to see why. The documentary chronicles …


‘Hail Satan?’ review: Taking on the Christian nation, the devil’s way

A demonic charmer of a documentary, director Penny Lane’s “Hail Satan?” goes a long way toward explaining why the relatively young and impressively large entity known as the Satanic Temple …


Review: America’s favorite sex therapist will charm the socks off you in ‘Ask Dr. Ruth’

Anybody can ask Alexa, “Am I going to get a boyfriend?” But when Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the famous sex therapist, puts the question to Amazon’s virtual assistant, in her thick …


Review: Aretha Franklin concert documentary ‘Amazing Grace’ is nothing short of a miracle

Draped in regal gowns, Aretha Franklin stands at the pulpit or sits at the piano, often closing her eyes to sing such standards as “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” “What a …


Review: Imax documentary ‘Apollo 11’ is a virtual round-trip ticket to the moon

NASA’s first lunar landing is not exactly an obscure event. And “Apollo 11” doesn’t profess to offer new information or insights. What it does offer is a wealth of fresh …


Documentary puts new attention on R. Kelly sex allegations

R. Kelly, one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, has been dogged for years by allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls – accusations he and …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 12:55 p.m.

Review: ‘On Her Shoulders’ looks at one woman’s fight against sexual violence as a tool of war

“On Her Shoulders” is a moving, sensitive portrayal of a woman – and a people’s – perseverance. Although Murad’s hometown has been liberated, the Yazidis’ struggle to rebuild their homeland …


Review: Four British acting legends dish on their memorable careers in ‘Tea With the Dames’

Candid, insightful and unpredictable, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith are not only acting legends but also great friends. And a treat to …


Review: PBS’ ‘Native America’ is a timely series about the people who were here first

Its main points are that there were people living in the Americas for millenniums before Columbus entered without knocking from the east (around 100 million when he got here, though …


Review: Mountain-climbing documentary ‘Free Solo’ is breaking box-office records because it’s great

“Free Solo,” from the directors of “Meru,” chronicles the exploits of champion climber Alex Honnold, whose specialty is scrambling up mountains and virtually any vertical plane without benefit of equipment …


Movie review: In ‘Fahrenheit 11/9,’ less would have been more for Moore

As much as Moore loves making fun of Trump any chance he gets, in “11/9” he has truly the knives out for Obama and establishment Democrats.


Review: ‘Pick of the Litter’ will charm you with its guide dogs in training

The documentary reveals something deeply moving, between the cute-puppy moments: the bond between dogs and their humans, and the everyday miracle the trained dogs bring.


Review: McQueen documentary is the best of the many fashion movies this year

There are two Alexander McQueens in “McQueen,” the fascinating documentary portrait of the acclaimed fashion designer, who committed suicide in 2010 at the age of 40.


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 2:24 p.m.

Review: Daring ‘Whitney’ shares harrowing truths about the legendary singer

Oscar-winning documentarian Kevin Macdonald’s “Whitney” is daring both emotionally and aesthetically, and although it is his interpretation, it gets to a kind of truth about Houston the public has never …


Review: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ is the implausible-yet-true story of long-lost triplets

The tricky, twisty structure of this documentary, a scientific and philosophical inquiry by way of a detective story, suggests a joyous earthquake followed by a series of grim, unsettling aftershocks.


Review: The ‘Nelson Mandela of couture’ finally gets his due in this admiring new documentary

Talley, it turns out, merits admiration not only for his intellect, work ethic and ability to contextualize fashion within history, literature, visual art and music, but for the exacting eye …


Review: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ is much-needed emotional tonic for troubled times

If beloved legendary children’s television show host Mr. Rogers were once a representation of all things milquetoast, in the summer of 2018, his message of generous, abundant love and tolerance …


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 3:28 p.m.

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ is poised to be a hit, and it might help redefine the meaning of ‘Christian film’

Mister Rogers is most famous as the sweater-clad television host who pioneered children’s programming and, in later years, became America’s unofficial comforter-in-chief. Now, 15 years after his death, he might …


‘Man vs. Snake’: Netflix documentary highlights WSU professor’s record-breaking arcade gaming skills

The game: a Pac-Man-esque, yet obscure, 1982 Rock-Ola release called Nibbler. The goal: consume all the food in the maze without letting the snake run into its own tail. It …


Review: Documentary looks at whether Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a judicial ‘rock star’

Rather than focusing on personality, however, the bulk of “RBG” has to do with its subject’s lifelong fight against gender discrimination – a fight pressed over many years, many cases …


George Zimmerman accused of stalking, threatening private investigator

George Zimmerman has been charged with stalking a private investigator who contacted him about a documentary series on Trayvon Martin produced by the rapper Jay-Z, court records show.


Meek Mill to focus on criminal justice system in six-part Amazon Prime docuseries

Philly rapper Meek Mill’s experience with the criminal justice system over the past decade will be the focus of an upcoming six-part documentary series from Amazon Prime, Amazon Studios announced …


Graceland opens vault for Elvis documentary to air on HBO

“Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” a two-part, three-hour documentary, will premiere April 14 on HBO.


Review: Documentary ‘Bombshell’ presents a surprising picture of screen star Hedy Lamarr

It’s a fascinating story, if one that has been told before.


Imagine Dragons singer in Sundance film about LGBT Mormons

The Mormon frontman of the Imagine Dragons rock band hopes the Sundance Film Festival documentary that follows his journey to becoming an advocate for LGBT Mormon youth triggers real change …