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four babies of various ethnicities are on the cover

Babies

Thomas Balmès
4
Rated by
Becky C.
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014

Looking for a feel-good movie? Babies is a must-see documentary. Watch as four newborn babies from around the globe grow, learn, and love during their first year of life on this planet.

Each baby is born into a world full of different customs and opportunities, yet their universal humanity busts through cultural boundaries. Follow Ponijao from Namibia, Bayarjargal from Mongolia, Hattie from San Francisco, and Mari from Tokyo as each baby navigates his or her place in the world.

The Punk Singer (DVD)

The Punk Singer (DVD)
4
Rated by
Bryan V.
Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014

Kathleen Hanna, the subject of this documentary, pretty much embodies pure energy. Whether or not you like her voice or music is beside the point, as is usually the case with punk music. Hanna is unapologetically feminist, never anything less than direct with a willingness to be confrontational. Again, this is what punk rock is all about. So what makes Hanna documentary-worthy? Her music is cathartic and brutally honest. She’s fearlessness and charismatic. She’s the leader of the Riot Grrrrl movement, which has endured and grown over the past twenty-five or so years.

Two pictures of an elderly couple lovingly holding each others faces.

Amour

Michael Haneke
5
Rated by
Caitlin T.
Monday, Jan 6, 2014

Tragically beautiful and real, Amour is a profoundly honest depiction of how a stroke can affect both members of a marriage. Though a French film and in subtitles, one hardly needs the translation to follow the emotions—shame, embarrassment, frustration, loss, fear, and above all, love—that both parties go through throughout the movie.

Black background.  The words This is Spinal Tap are in white.

This Is Spinal Tap

Rob Reiner
4
Rated by
Becky C.
Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013

When This Is Spinal Tap was released in theaters in 1984, many audience members were convinced they were seeing a documentary of an actual British rock group, Spinal Tap, fumbling its way through one last tour across America despite the fact they hadn’t had a hit song in nearly two decades. In reality, the film is a mockumentary directed by the great Rob Reiner, and Spinal Tap is a fake band made up of three brilliant American actors. Christopher Guest, who went on to direct and star in other hilarious mockumentaries such as Waiting for Guffman, Be

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Hitler's Children (DVD)

Hitler's Children (DVD)
5
Rated by
Diane H.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2013

What would you do if you found out that your father, grandfather, or great-uncle was responsible for the murder and torture of thousands of men, women, and children? Would you change your name? Live in isolation? Deny what your family members had done? This dilemma has been faced by the descendants and relatives of Hitler’s top officials.

In Hitler’s Children, Hermann Goring's and Heinrich Himmler's great-nieces, Hans Frank's son, Rudolf Hoess’ grandson, and others discuss how their lives have been impacted by having such infamous relatives.

Where Do We Go Now? (DVD)

Directed by Nadine Labaki
3
Rated by
Magda B.
Sunday, Jul 14, 2013

If you think that a comedy about religious and ethnic tension is impossible or inappropriate, this movie will prove you wrong! Where Do We Go Now is a satirical fable depicting contemporary life in an isolated unnamed Middle Eastern village where Muslims and Christians coexist in peace.

Trishna (DVD)

Directed by Michael Winterbottom
3
Rated by
Magda B.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Trishna gives a new twist to the traditional Bollywood cinema.

Beyond the Myth (DVD)

sherrill, Libby
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013

I do not own a pit bull, although I’ve known one or two. I do not know anyone who has ever been bitten by a pit bull, but I do know a lot of people who have been bitten by other breeds of dogs (myself included). Thus, as an opponent of Breed Specific Banning, I knew going in that I would appreciate this film. I did not, however, understand the extent of BSB legislation across the country.

Bicycle Dreams: The Race Across America (DVD)

Stephen Auerbach
3
Rated by
Helen H.
Friday, Dec 21, 2012

I’ve recently been obsessed with reading about ultra-runners, so I wasn’t surprised to find that running does not hold a monopoly on extremists. Bicycle Dreams documents the 2005 transcontinental Race Across America (World’s Toughest Bicycle Race). Each year, cyclists from around the world gather in California and race to Maryland in less than twelve days. I wasn’t kidding when I said extremists.

La Moustache (DVD)

Emmanuel Carrere
3
Rated by
Magda B.
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011

It all started so innocently with a morning shave of a trademark moustache – but, nobody noticed. Nobody. Neither the wife, nor the boss. All tried to convince him that he never even had a moustache ever before.

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